There’s only one Ricky Hatton. Well, this is certainly the case if we look at the ex boxer’s fan base. The light welterweight Manchurian who built his crowd-pleasing reputation on the back of his aggressive boxing style, had a unique capacity for bringing crowds of ten of thousands overseas when he was under the bring lights of Vegas.
During Hatton’s twelve-year-long career he held a number of world titles and for a time was the lineal light welterweight champion. His success was great, and so were his earnings.
Hatton, who now owns and runs his own promotional company, is worth a massive £40 million. For Hatton’s fight against Pacquiao in 2009, where he was unfortunately flattened in the true sense of the word, he earned £20 million. That was for just six minutes of ring time. No doubt he wished he’d had more, mind you.
Whether the Pacquiao result was just a mere fact of two fighters belonging on different levels, or whether it was Hatton’s ability to put on excessive amounts of weight between fight — is open to question.
Such was Hatton’s glutenous approach to life, the wealthy jovial boxer once said: I'm going to say hello to two friends who I've shut out of my life for the past 10 weeks while I trained the hardest I've ever done for a fight. So welcome back Mr Guinness and Mr Dom Perignon.”
He was a funny guy. Nice that he could afford Dom Perignon too. He probably earned enough money to both bath it the fancy champaign and to wash himself with Guinness. Not suggesting Hatton did anything of the sorts, of course.
After the damaging loss to Pacquiao, Hatton put the breaks on his career. But rather than take retirement and swiftly move on to live his indulgent wealthy life, he decided to take a fight in a comeback showdown against reputable fringe contender Vyacheslav Senchenko. Hatton was stopped by a powerful body shot in the later rounds after having some success early on.
Despite the critics crawling out of the woodwork after Hatton’s career slide, it’s fair to say that he did pretty well for a lad born on the Hattersley council estate in Hyde, Manchester.
After a not massively extensive amateur career, where he’d set up his worth as a professional prospect after winning seven British titles and boxing for his country, he signed with Frank Warren — Britain’s top boxing promoter at that time. He was only 18-years-old when he signed his pro contract. His parents must’ve been proud and excited at what lay ahead.
Hatton’s father was a carpets trader, and a young Hatton swiftly followed his dad by joining the family company after leaving school. No doubt Hatton appreciated his career pay rise.
Despite the massive earning the boxer made through his career, he did also confess to wanting to be a singer, rather than a boxer, saying: “I have always really liked Tom Jones and I can't wait to see him in action. One thing is for sure, I would rather be singing for a living than getting punched on the head.”
If only he could sing as well as he could box, aye.