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What comeback? Manchester boxing hero Ricky Hatton rules out return to ring – despite rumours

Exclusive by Ben Burrows & Sean-Paul Doran

Manchester boxing hero Ricky Hatton told MM he will not be returning to the ring, despite this morning’s rumours of the retired star’s return.

The 33-year-old Hyde fighter has moved into promoting and training Bury-born Scott Quigg since his official retirement last July.

And despite a calling for the boxer to return to the sport by American Paulie Malignaggi, Hatton – speaking at the weigh-in for Quigg’s last fight – told MM he will not be returning to the ring at all.

Speaking in June, Hatton said: “Being a promoter is still stressful but it’s a different kind of stress. I am enjoying it.

“I’m coaching now and I’m in the gym every day,” he added. “I need my days to be full because so many retired fighters make a silly comeback and I don’t want to be one of them.”

Reports have stated that Hatton could be drawn back into a return because of astronomical earnings – the star pocketed £10million for his 2007 bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

But the former WBA, IBF,  Light Welterweight and WBA Welterweight champion will not be drawn back into fighting as he focusses his attention on promotional work and supporting undefeated Quigg through Hatton promotions.

When MM spoke to the Hatton camp regarding today’s rumours, they made no comment.

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