Ricky Hatton has reportedly sold 18,000 tickets for his November 24 comeback in Manchester, for a fight that has 19,000 tickets available. All of this without an opponent named sort of frames just how big of an event Ricky Hatton returning to the ring is in his home country -- even though many don't think it's the right idea.
Hatton, 33, says he's humbled by the and the response to the fight:
"It's incredible how quickly the tickets have been selling and I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has supported my return to the ring, whether that's by buying tickets or by the lovely messages of support I've received. For so many people, to come out and support me like this, especially in these hard financial times, is absolutely amazing and I'm truly humbled. We all need someone to believe in and hopefully I can be that person."
The Mancunian hasn't fought since his May 2009 knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao, and announced an official retirement last year, which he said last week he never really wanted to do.
Hatton (45-2, 32 KO) clearly doesn't need to name a major opponent, which was never expected (and shouldn't have been for this fight), but he will need to name an opponent sooner than later, given that fight night is a mere two months away.
Hatton also says he's feeling very good in the gym and that his confidence is growing as he works with trainer Bob Shannon to prepare for his return:
"I'm feeling great and although there is a long road to go with the training, I couldn't be happier with where I am. When I announced my comeback last week I told everyone I had no doubts that I will once again become world champion and from what I've been working on in the gym and how I'm feeling, my belief has only got stronger."
There's no doubt that it's going to be a special atmosphere on November 24, but the real meat of this story will be seen in the ring.