Manny Pacquiao has questioned Ricky Hatton’s return to the ring this weekend.
The 34 year-old has not fought since getting ferociously knocked out by Pacquiao three and a half years ago but after retiring from the sport he returns at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday night against Vyacheslav Senchenko in a welterweight bout over 10 rounds.
However, Pacquiao knows exactly what it takes to remain in peak condition to compete at world level and believes Hatton may struggle to regain the kind of form that made him a multi millionaire and one of Britain’s most popular ever boxers.
"I do not think it is a good idea to come back once a fighter has retired," Pacquiao told the Daily Express.
"It’s not something I plan on doing. I know how hard it is to get back into good boxing shape after being out of the training camp for only three or four months.
"I cannot imagine what it is like after a number of years. It’s not just the conditioning, it’s the reflexes, legs, mental conditioning, and so much more.
Pacquiao added: "But this is Ricky’s decision to make and I respect him for it."