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RICKY HATTON should be forced to watch himself being KO’d by Manny Pacquiao every day before deciding whether he will fight again.
The X-rated video will provide all the evidence he needs to help him make up his mind that his boxing career is over.
Hatton should also be made to study the haunting pictures of his traumatised fiancée Jennifer Dooley at the Las Vegas ringside.
Seeing her pretty face screwed up in a mixture of terror and anguish as she saw him lying comatose on the canvas should make him focus on doing the right thing.
And that’s retire while he’s healthy and can enjoy his millions, happy in the knowledge he has earned a place in boxing’s Hall of Fame.
Because if he should take another blow to the head as severe as the one landed by Pacquiao, he may not get away with it.
I was in the Sky Studios commentating on the action with ex-champs Johnny Nelson and Nicky Piper and we feared the worst.
As the medics worked frantically to bring him around for several dreadful seconds that seemed an eternity, we thought we were staring at a corpse — it was that scary.
I’ve seen many similar devastating one-punch knockouts. Sugar Ray Leonard poleaxing Dave ‘Boy’ Green, Julian Jackson dropping Herol Graham as if he’d been shot and Wilfred Benitez turning the lights out on Maurice Hope were equally frightening.
After suffering such concussive blows Green, Graham and Hope were never the same fighters again.
Hatton being bombed out by Pacquiao was no surprise to me — I’d forecast it repeatedly. Twelve months ago, this column appeared under the headline ‘Quit Now Ricky’.
It was based on what I had seen when Ricky struggled to outpoint journeyman Juan Lazcano in front of more than 50,000 of his ecstatic fans at Manchester City’s ground.
The many flaws that had developed were glaringly obvious that night as Lazcano, a feather-duster puncher, came close to putting him on the floor three times.
Five months earlier, in December 2007, Hatton had been outclassed and demolished by Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
I wrote: “Hatton’s punch resistance has gone, along with much of his timing and reflexes.”
I put that down to his binge-drinking and junk-food diet, which causes him to balloon three to four stones above his fighting weight.
The sycophants and cheerleaders who surround Hatton won’t thank me for saying he has been in a steady decline since he peaked when beating Kostya Tszyu in June 2005.
Remember, in December Pacquiao battered Oscar De La Hoya non-stop for eight rounds yet couldn’t put him down once. And Oscar was drained making the welterweight limit.
By contrast, the magical Manny put Hatton on the deck three times in six minutes.
Every ex-fighter I’ve spoken to this week, from Barry McGuigan to Green, wants Ricky to hang up his gloves immediately.
His dad, Ray, says he isn’t going to pressure him as he must make up his own mind.
But his entire family should be begging Ricky to forget about climbing through the ropes again because of the risk he’d be taking.
If Ricky signs a contract for another fight he could be writing a suicide note.
RICKY HATTON has admitted his battering at the hands of Manny Pacquiao has left him in 'bits'.
The Hitman, 30, was knocked out in the second round after getting decked twice in the first by Pacquiao who kept his crown as the best pound for pound fighter in the world.
Hatton was speaking for the first time since the Filipino humiliated him at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And he revealed he is finding the pain of the second defeat of his career hard to take.
He said: "I am absolutely devastated. My head is in bits. I didn’t think I could cry anymore than after the Floyd Mayweather Jnr loss, but I certainly have."
Hatton also admitted he should have been more cautious against Pacquiao instead of charging at him like a bull in a china shop from the first bell.
He added: "Pacquiao knocked me down from practically the first punch he threw and I never recovered.
"Maybe my attitude was wrong because I always wear my heart on my sleeve and I was straight in there.
"Maybe if I had gone a few rounds I could have won, but there was nothing I could do about it.
"I have felt worse after hard 12-round fights, because it was over that quickly and physically I have never felt better."
Hatton is expected to announce a decision on his future when his gym in Hyde, Manchester, officiallly opens next week.
He added: "Whatever I decide to do I am sorry. I wouldn’t have put money on that happening, but I won’t be making any rash decisions.
"I’m not saying I am the greatest British world champion ever, but nobody has ever had support like me and that is a fact.
"I have worked with a lot of promoters and I can become the best promoter in the world because I’ll do right by the fighters and that doesn’t always happen.
"There are a lot of things happening in my life and I’ll still be a big noise in boxing whatever I choose to do."
Hatton's mum Carol revealed her lad wants to say farewell with one final fight in Manchester – possibly against Australian banger Michael Katsidis – but admits no final decision has been made.
She said: "He doesn't have to prove anything to anybody if he wants to carry on.
"I know he wants to have one farewell fight for the fans in England but we don't know."