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Hatton in fairly good spirits after devastating loss

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Ricky Hatton -- seen here at an event he hosted on Sunday at the MGM Grand pool -- isn't depressed about his loss to Manny Pacquiao. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ricky Hatton -- seen here at an event he hosted on Sunday at the MGM Grand pool -- isn't depressed about his loss to Manny Pacquiao. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Sun reports that Ricky Hatton feels the fight might have gone differently if he'd been able to push it any longer, and he doesn't seem in a bad mental state after the nasty loss to Manny Pacquiao:

“If we’d have gone a few rounds it could have been different. But he caught me with practically the first punch he threw.

“I’d rather have been knocked out in two rounds than have somebody that has outclassed me for the full duration. Maybe it could have been different, but that’s boxing. I’ve lost twice and I’ve lost to the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

“It’s not a bad way of looking at it, but I’m devastated. I would not have put my money on that happening."

This is no more "delusional" than a lot of fighters after losses. Hatton is openly admitting the loss was bad, that Pacquiao put the hurt on him from the outset, and that it is what it is, essentially.

He also says that camp with Floyd Mayweather Sr. "could have been different," but didn't elaborate. I would place 500-to-1 odds on Mayweather and Hatton working together again if Hatton keeps fighting; the two of them just have not clicked at a level that should be considered acceptable at the highest levels. There would be no shortage of top-line trainers willing to take on Ricky Hatton. I think Freddie "The Joke Coach" Roach could make Ricky more than viable again, for instance, just working off of what he's already good at to start.

But that's all for the future. For now, it seems Hatton is feeling as OK as he's going to, and that's good. All he's really saying is, "Sure wish I would've gone a few more rounds, had a chance to get untracked. But I didn't."