Boxing

Ricky Hatton: I Was Suicidal After Loss to Manny Pacquiao

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SETEMBER 14:  Boxer Ricky Hatton poses for a photograph after a press conference at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on September 14, 2012 in Manchester, England. Hatton today confirmed that he is to resume boxing after being in retirement for three years. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Mick AkersAnalyst IOctober 29, 2012

On the heels of his return to the ring, British boxer Ricky Hatton revealed that after his second-round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009, he almost attempted to take his own life, according to BBC Radio 5 Sports live's Sportsweek. (h/t BoxingScene.com)

"I had a knife to my wrists and was in a really bad way. I was hysterically crying for no reason," Hatton explained.

Hatton went on to say, "Most mornings, my girlfriend would have to come down the stairs and take a knife out of my hands."

Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) said he went into a deep depression and drank heavily, sometimes until blacking out. The former junior welterweight and welterweight title holder said even when he was sober, he still had suicide on the mind.

With Hatton making his comeback to the ring on Nov. 24 against Vyachelslav Senchenko (32-1, 21 KOs) it will be interesting to see how Hatton looks in the ring after a three-year layoff.

Not only will Hatton's physical appearance be carefully studied in his return, his mental aspect has to be closely watched as well.

Hatton said that he feels like a failure after losing to both Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., so if his confidence is not where it should be, his return to the ring could be a short and uneventful one.

With Hatton being 34 years old, the effects of the three years away from the ring could affect him more than he thinks. Add that to Hatton being a professional fighter since 1997 and the possibility for a disappointing return to the ring is a real possibility.

Senchenko is a former WBA champ himself and is going to be a real test for Hatton in his return to boxing.

With a possible showdown against fellow British star Amir Khan looming if Hatton takes care of business against Senchenko and Khan beats Carlos Molina on Dec. 15, Hatton must not look past Senchenko with a Khan showdown on the mind.

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