Hatton Looking for a Better Ending

Hatton Looking for a Better Ending

It is reasonable to assume that one of the few people among the 20,000 packed into the MEN Arena next Saturday night who will wish Ricky Hatton even the most temporary harm will be the one who can spell Vyacheslav Senchenko without looking it up. So unconditionally loved is Hatton in Manchester (and beyond), a man nearly as big in the city's heart as either of the two football teams, that most of those attending the fight will not think for a minute that Mr Senchenko can spoil the fairytale.

As for Saturday, this is a perilous exercise. It is intended not just to revive a career whose full point arrived emphatically in Las Vegas three and a half years ago in five minutes and 59 seconds of suicide boxing against Manny Pacquiao, but to drive out the sadness that has steadily invaded Hatton's soul since, simultaneously validating his relationship with an entire city.

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