Ricky Hatton, MBE is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2012, and has since worked as a boxing promoter and trainer. He is also a devout Manchester City FC fan, so we’re delighted to present a special MCFC playlist curated by the man himself.
The “Hitman” (as he was known) was born in Stockport and has been a Manchester City fan his entire life. He is one of Manchester City’s most recognisable fans, along with the Gallagher brothers (formerly Oasis), who both accompanied Hatton into the ring during his 2008 bout with Paulie Malignaggi.
The Ricky Hatton MCFC playlist features hits from The Stones Roses, Oasis, the Spice Girls, Elton John and more. Check it out!
During his boxing career he held multiple world titles at light-welterweight and one at welterweight, as well as the lineal light-welterweight title. Hatton is ranked by BoxRec as the best British light-welterweight of all time; the second best in Europe; and seventh best in the world. In 2005 he was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).
In 2000 he won the British light-welterweight title, followed by the WBU light-welterweight title the following year; a record fifteen successful defences of the latter were made from 2001 to 2004. Hatton reached the pinnacle of his career in 2005 when he defeated Kostya Tszyu for the IBF, Ring, and lineal light-welterweight titles. This was followed up later that year with a victory over Carlos Maussa to claim the WBA (Super) light-welterweight title, thus becoming a unified world champion.
Making his welterweight debut in 2006, Hatton won a tough fight against WBA champion Luis Collazo to win a world title in his second weight class. A return to light-welterweight in 2007 saw him win the vacant IBF title for a second time.
In the same year, Hatton suffered his first professional loss against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an attempt to win the WBC, Ring, and lineal welterweight titles. This was followed a second loss to Manny Pacquiao at light-welterweight in 2009.
In 2012, Hatton finally announced his retirement from the sport. Having been lauded as one of the most beloved and popular British boxers of all time, with a raucous fanbase that travelled across the Atlantic to support him.
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