A Sunday British tabloid recently published photos of former boxing champion Ricky Hatton snorting cocaine in his hotel room in Manchester. Hatton is a four-time world boxing champion in two different weight classes. He has not stepped into the boxing ring since a brutal second round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2009 although the British brawler has not formally announced his retirement.
News of the World published photos of Hatton hoping that the act would lead the former champ into cleaning up his act. Hatton’s spokesman Max Clifford said that Hatton has been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic. Hatton was diagnosed with depression and a drinking problem. It appears that his drinking issue is worse than his illegal drug use. Clifford disclosed that Hatton’s drug use is more recent than his drinking problem.
Hatton was a popular boxing star who holds a record of 45-2 with his losses coming from Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, two fighters disputing the pound for pound title.