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Hatton:I will probably return to ring but don't have fire back in my belly yet

BRITISH former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has given his biggest hint yet that he will return to the ring. <br /><br />The Manchester-born fight has been considering retirement since his savage second-round knockout defeat to six-weight title-holder Manny Pacquiao in May.<br /><br />Hatton is currently working as a promoter for his own company, Hatton Promotions, but the 30-year-old believes his desire to fight will return. <br /><br />Hatton said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m busy at the minute with my promoting and I&rsquo;m here, there and everywhere doing different things such as my theatre tours and stuff like that. I&rsquo;m just basically having a rest.<br /><br />&ldquo;To do this game with the training, fighting and dieting, it really is hard work and you&rsquo;ve really got to have that fire in the belly to do it. I don&rsquo;t really have that at the moment. <br /><br />&ldquo;I think after a good rest and a good recharge of the batteries I might start getting itchy feet and I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;ll probably give it another go. But at the minute I&rsquo;m just going to sit back and have a rest, and what will be will be.&rdquo;<br /><br />His crushing loss to Pacquiao was only his second in an illustrious career, after falling to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr in December 2007.<br /><br />Meanwhile, a super-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao is expected next year should the latter overcome the durable Miguel Cotto in November, when they meet for the WBO welterweight title.<br />