Vegas Nights And World Title Fights | Ricky Hatton Reflects On Glittering Career At Morson Sport Panel
MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ
Former world champion Ricky Hatton speaks to Morson about his hugely successful career.
Our sporting panel event in March 2019 also featured stars Bryan Robson, Harry Derham and Mark Cueto.
Hailed as one of the greatest boxers this country has seen by his peers and fans, four-time world champion Ricky Hatton joined a star-studded panel at Morson’s ‘Overcoming Challenges in Sport and Business’ event at Hotel Football last month to reflect on his decorated career inside and outside the ring.
The Hyde-raised Hatton discussed the stark contrast between his early life in Greater Manchester and his career as a boxing superstar living the American dream:
“It’s once in a lifetime when you come from the council estate which I come from. In my second fight I got to box at Madison Square Garden, six months earlier I was boxing in men’s clubs in Ancoats, you couldn’t comprehend where my career was going to end up!”
Ricky looked back on his time at the top of his game fondly and still gets reminded about the unprecedented atmosphere he brought with him to Vegas when facing all-time great, Floyd Mayweather.
"When I think of some of the things I’ve done, the places I’ve been, the life my family has, I want to pass that onto someone else now. I want my kids to have the best. I feel so proud, it seems like everybody came up to me and said they went to Vegas for the Mayweather fight and had one of the best weekends of their life”
Morson CEO Ged Mason sponsored Ricky from the early days as a professional and was an integral part of Ricky’s journey that saw him stage some of the greatest sporting nights on home and foreign soil:
“Obviously the association with Ricky, seeing his career develop and having the Morson brand on his hat and shorts. It was great to have that relationship and Ricky’s career taking us to Vegas, the fans really enjoyed it and made some memorable nights”
Through their successful partnership, Ged and Ricky developed a friendship that is still as strong today and the Hatton’s Gym owner shed light on how much their relationship over the years has meant to him:
“We were all like a family and Ged was like the family and he was part of the team in more ways than one that’s why we’re still pals now. He was a big help for me and it’s nice for him to be here and share this with me”
Ricky also discussed how his experience in the boxing world has allowed him to develop the skills to manage various different businesses since leaving the sport:
“I was with the best, promotion wise with Frank Warren then I went with Golden Boy promotions so I’ve learnt from the best and took all the knowledge in when putting my own shows on. It’s a very tricky game promoting, I had to book the venue, medical staff and so on. What I learned promoting helped me in other areas from a business point of view with my clothing range and my health and fitness gym, it’s kept me clever between the ears”