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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Malignaggi-Hatton II: "What better way to open Barclays?"

By Michael Woods

People are saying that he's pushing the plate away, getting back into fighting trim, and the whispers have turned to screams. Is Ricky Hatton, last seen getting handled by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009, coming out of retirement?

That hasn't been answered definitively, though a story on BoxingScene.com, which had Brit trainer Bob Shannon going into depth and detail about how he'd like to train comebacking Hatton, doesn't do anything to dampen the rumors.

In the story, Shannon said Hatton would be pleased to get right back into the deep end, and sign for a rematch with WBA welterweight champ Paul Malignaggi. Shannon seems to think Hatton could handle Malignaggi in similar fashion as he did in November 2008, when the Manchester hitter scored a TKO11 over the New Yorker in Vegas.

Malignaggi advisor Anthony Catanzaro seems to be rooting hard for Hatton, who had some troubles adjusting to post-ring life, as he partied excessively, and after he settled down, has been toiling as a promoter, to pull on the gloves.

"If there is any truth to the rumor of Hatton coming out of retirement and fighting Paulie straight away, then that becomes priority one for Team Malignaggi," Catanzaro told NYFightBlog. "What better way to open the Barclays Center?"