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Beaten Hatton to consider future

Hatton is knocked to the floor in the first round
Ricky Hatton was well beaten by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas

Ricky Hatton is to consider his future following his crushing IBO light-welterweight world title defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

It was Hatton's second loss in a 47-fight career and many pundits are predicting the 30-year-old will retire.

Hatton's father Ray told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "We will support him whatever the decision."

Hatton was taken to hospital after being knocked out in round two but Ray said: "He is perfectly all right."

And Hatton Sr added: "When it's a knockout you get checked out. He has had all the tests and scans.

"Actually in the changing rooms afterwards he was perfectly all right. He has not got a mark on him."

Hatton could consider retiring after the devastating defeat and his father said: "We will leave the decision to Ricky and we always support him.

"At this moment in time he probably has a few mixed feelings about it and it is only Ricky that can make the decision.

"He is very strong willed and I don't think he would let anyone make that decision for him.

"I know privately what he will be thinking in a few months time but I would not like to say because I would not want to be putting him under undue pressure."

He has achieved greatness, he has money, give me a good reason why he should fight anymore

Trainer Freddy Roach on Hatton

Assistant trainer Lee Beard said Hatton "fights for the fans" and it would be the thought of having let them down which would affect him the most.

"They came out in their thousands again for him and I think that affects him mentally, it hurts him," he said.

"But it's all about what he wants to do, don't carry on fighting for the fans. You've got to think of your health as well."

Beard played down reports of divisions between himself and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr in the build-up to the contest - and refused to speculate on whether Hatton would retain Mayweather's services if he decides to fight on.

I was just doing my job - Pacquiao

"Only he can make that decision and it's like a knee-jerk reaction to discuss things like that," he added.

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach urged Hatton not make the same mistake as he did and go on too long.

"As you know I have Parkinson's Disease," Roach told Radio 5 Live. "I was told to retire and I fought five more fights without my trainer. I lost four of them so he was probably right.

"I would hate to see anyone end up with anything like Parkinson's.

"Ricky is a multi-time world champion and only a few people can say that. It is something that I have always wanted to be and I'm probably slightly jealous of him.

"That's why I feel he has nothing to prove. He should retire and enjoy his family. It would be sensible because knockouts like that are not good for you.

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"He has achieved greatness, he has money, give me a good reason why he should fight anymore.

"Boxing is a very addictive sport. It's very hard to quit and it's a lot easier for me to say it then to do believe me."

Carl Froch, who defeated Jermain Taylor on 26 April to retain his world super-middleweight title, says he would retire if he was in Hatton's shoes.

"I think Ricky has achieved over and above what anyone expected when he turned pro," 31-year-old Froch told Radio 5 Live.

"He can certainly justifiably retire, financially he's achieved unbelievable status, he's up there with best in the world, he's achieved all he can achieve.

"If I was in his position, after last night I'd definitely retire.

"But you don't know what's going through his head - he'll decide with his family, he's a year younger than me - in terms of age he can keep going but he's had over 10 years as a pro and a couple of bad defeats."

Hatton was on the back foot from the start at the MGM Grand and was knocked down twice in the opening round.

Although there was a brief Hatton rally at the start of the second, Pacquiao was never in serious danger and knocked out his opponent with a ferocious left as the round drew to a close.

"It was typical Ricky Hatton," Ray added. "His heart rules his head and he goes in there all guns blazing.

"The start of the second round he hit Manny Pacquiao with a few good shots and it seemed to worry Manny.

"And then, as what happens with Ricky, the red mist comes down and he goes for it. But this is boxing and this is what makes boxing what it is.

"He is hurting. He said to me 'I have let the fans down'. He feels sorry for the fans first and for himself second."

And Roach said Hatton "fell into our trap".

"I studied Hatton's tapes for two-and-a-half months and I know him really well," said Roach.

"Every time he throws his punches he cocks his hands first and makes the opening for the inside hook.

"I expected Ricky to come forward and fight us, that's what he does - he is an aggressive guy.

"I told Manny once you have feigned him you will draw him in, he will cock his hands and you will hit him with the inside hook. It just worked perfectly."

Hatton will make right choice on future - Eubank

And after the fight, Roach had kind words for Hatton despite the despite the acrimony between the two camps in the build-up to the bout.

"I don't care for his team that much," he added. "[Hatton's trainer, Floyd] Mayweather talks too much but Ricky is a good guy and I wish him all the best.

"Mayweather got under my skin. Usually I am a gentleman and don't talk back but he got me mad a couple of times and I lashed back at him.

"It's just talk but sometimes I'm a little childish."



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