Richard “Ricky” Hatton is a British boxer. He is the former WBC, WBO, WBA Champion and a two-time IBO and IBF Light Welterweight Champion. He is more commonly known as Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. He is the Ring Magazine’s current Junior Welterweight Champion.
Ricky was born in Stockport, Manchester, England. He attended Hattersley High School for his secondary education. On leaving school, he joined his family carpet business as carpet installer and salesman.
Hatton had his professional boxing debut at the Kingsway Leisure Center where he won via TKO in round one against Colin McAuley while his second bout happened at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Hatton’s biggest fight was with Floyd Mayweather Jr which happened last year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada. Unfortunately it was a match that gave him his first loss in his professional boxing career. Mayweather said “Ricky Hatton is one tough fighter. He said “he is still a champion in my eyes and I’d love to see him fight again”. He is probably one of the toughest competitors I’ve faced. I hit him with some big ones and he keeps coming and I can see why they call him “The Hitman”.he said in an interview with reporters. After the fight, Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing.
After losing to Mayweather, Hatton fought Paulie Malignaggi of the US at MGM Grand for his IBO Light Welterweight title. He won the fight via TKO on the 11th round. Floyd Mayweather Sr. trained him for the fight.
Some of Hatton’s championship titles and awards:
• Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion
• IBO Light Welterweight Champion
• Former IBF Light Welterweight Champion
• Former WBA Light Welterweight Champion
• Former WBU Light Welterweight Champion
• Former British Light Welterweight Champion
• Former WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight Champion
• Former British Central Area Light Welterweight Champion
Since winning over Paulie Malignaggi of the US, Hatton has been vocal about his intention to fight Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. It would be dream-come-true fight for him as it will deliver so much in terms of revenues for him and his handlers. Pacquiao has likewise expressed his willingness to accept Hatton’s invitation.
Freddie Roach said, “Regardless of the money, I want Hatton to be the next fighter to face Pacquiao”. He added, “What we don’t want is a boring fight. Look at what happened when de la Hoya fought Mayweather”
Roach must be thinking that because of the fighting style of the two popular boxers who are noted for their speed and power punches they will generate so much excitement from boxing fans all over the world, a situation that promoters want in order to generate more revenues from the fight.