Rumours mounting over Ricky’s return

Speculation continues to build around a potential return to the ring for former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton.

The ‘Hitman’ has not fought since he was knocked out in the second round by Manny Pacquiao more than three years ago.

And while Hatton, now 33, was loathe to end his stellar career on such a low note, he admitted last year that retirement was the only option.

However, with drink and drug problems firmly behind him, the former light-welterweight and welterweight champion has got himself in fighting shape.

Hatton is forging a successful promotions business while also acting as trainer and manager to several upcoming fighters in Manchester.

But he could be lured back into the ring by a big-money clash with former victim Paulie Malignaggi, the current WBA welterweight title holder who has been calling out the Hitman, seeking revenge for his lop-sided defeat in 2008.

The Daily Star reports Hatton will make his comeback in November against the New Yorker as part of a two-fight deal.

However, until the popular Mancunian makes a public announcement on his future, the speculation will remain just that.

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