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Hatton ponders Mayweather rematch

Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather
The first Hatton-Mayweather fight drew massive worldwide attention

Ricky Hatton has said he could be tempted into a return to boxing by a re-match with Floyd Mayweather, the man who ended his unbeaten record in 2007.

The 31-year-old has not fought since losing to Manny Pacquiao in May.

"If I decide to come back it would need to be a fight to excite me. One person on my hit-list is Floyd Mayweather," Hatton told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I'd rather get back in the ring with him, have a go and get knocked out again because I can say that I tried."

He continued: "I thought I was hard done by to lose in the first fight. The referee didn't let me impose my style on him.

"I'd rather go in there and find out whether it is just me feeling sorry for myself or whether I was actually treated a bit harshly.

"That's what being a champion fighter is all about. Normally you would run a mile against people that have just knocked you out, but I want to get in there again with him if I decide to come back."

Hatton has been busy promoting his own fights since his devastating defeat to Pacquaio, including a world title bout for his brother, Matthew, which is taking place in Stoke-on-Trent on 13 November.

He remains unsure whether he will retire but has not ruled out a return to the ring.

"It's only been six months since the Pacquaio fight. I'm just sitting back and having a rest, and waiting for my feet to start tapping again," added Hatton.

"Once I've had a good rest and I've recharged my batteries, I might give it another go, possibly after Christmas or in the new year.

"At the moment I've got no plans to come back, but you need to have the hunger to come back. I'm sure it will and I'm sure I'll give it another go."



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