BRITISH hero Ricky Hatton suffered a crushing defeat to Manny Pacquiao in 2009. It ended Hatton’s career at the highest level, even though three years later Hatton attempted a short-lived comeback.
In an exclusive interview with Boxing News, Ricky Hatton commented on Pacquiao’s shock defeat to Jeff Horn. He believes it’s time for Pacquiao to consider retirement.
“I think Manny might have got old over night. It’s the same with most fighters. He’s stopping people and then eventually he got beaten,” Hatton said.
“I can’t really comment on the fight itself. Jeff Horn was obviously a very capable fighter, nobody probably thought he was capable of doing that. Manny’s been about for a number of years. He’s had a lot of fights, he’s gone up the weights, his time might be ready. He was blasting everyone, then all of a sudden he’s stopped blasting people and got beaten. That’s generally what happens when you come to the end of your career. That’s all you can really say.”
He continued, “If you start getting beat by Jeff Horn, and that is in no way out of disrespect to Jeff Horn, but it’s a fight that you’d expect Manny to have won and he hasn’t won so maybe he’s had better days. His legacy is cemented, he doesn’t need anything more to prove. Nobody likes to go out on a loss but who cares when he’s done what he’s done? There’s no shame in admitting that maybe your time’s come.”