Hatton steps up training ahead of November comeback as Hitman eyes Malignaggi
08:55 GMT, 22 August 2012
Ricky Hatton is preparing for a ring return in November – three years after he was destroyed inside two rounds by Manny Pacquiao.
The 33-year-old former two-weight world champion announced his retirement last summer and struggled with a cocaine addiction, spiralling into depression.
Hatton has since recovered and established himself as a respected trainer and promoter but has always regretted the way his career ended on the canvas in Las Vegas.
Comeback: Ricky Hatton is reportedly set to return to the ring in November
Reports in the Daily Star suggest 'The Hitman' has lost 34lbs since returning to training and has set his sights on a rematch with WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi who he beat in 2008.
But that ambition is complicated by the fact that Malignaggi is scheduled to face Pablo Cesar Cano in New York on October 20.
But the American feels he has unfinished business with Hatton and is desperate to do himself justice second time round.
‘I’m hearing that Ricky Hatton is interested in a comeback and I’m hearing rumours that I’m the target of that comeback,' Malignaggi said last month.
‘I’ve had three rematches in my career and I’m 3-0 in those rematches.
our fight, he did very well. I’d like to think there are a lot of
things that I could have done better and I’d like to think that I’ve
made a lot of changes on my team that have really, really brought out
the best in me.
Bitter end: Hatton's career came to a shuddering halt against Manny Pacquiao
‘It’s a loss that I’ve had to live with. It’s a loss that hindered me and every day I think about that loss and it bothers me.
‘It’s unfortunate because I should have done much better.
‘The rematch is something that interests me. I have nothing but respect for Ricky, his fans and his family.
‘They were nothing but respectful to me during the entire promotion and I expect nothing less in the rematch.
‘I know that he wants to come back
and win a title to reclaim old glory but it’s my time now and I know I
can beat Ricky Hatton.’
Rematch: Hatton could face Paulie Malignaggi (left) for a second time
That fight would form part of a two-fight deal which Hatton hopes will be promoted through his own company.
he come through against Malignaggi, he could seek another showdown with
Pacquiao despite being floored three times against the Philippine in
Another option for Hatton could be Australian-based South African Lovemore Ndou.
The 41-year-old holds the WBF world welterweight title and said last week: 'Him (Hatton) and I have unfinished business.
'He chose to relinquish the (IBF world) title instead of fight me.'
Ndou drew with Hatton's brother Matthew in England in 2009 in a fight he was convinced he had won.