Hatton says he was suicidal after Pacquiao defeat
Having only officially retired in July of this year, Hatton told BBC Radio 5 Live that the writing was on the wall after the crushing second-round knockout he suffered that night which led him to depression and a battle with drink and drugs.
‘Depression is a serious thing and after my defeat to Manny Pacquiao I contemplated retirement and didn't cope with it very well,’ revealed Hatton. 'For someone in my position, taking drugs once is nothing short of disgraceful.
‘The reason behind my actions and the way I was behaving wasn't a drink or drugs thing, it was depression. I was so down, I was crying and breaking out and contemplating suicide.
‘I was having blackouts, days on end whether I was drinking or not, when I couldn't remember what had happened in my life. I thank the News of the World because who knows where it could have ended up.
‘Being a proud man and a warrior, to get splattered in two rounds like I did was really hard to come to terms with. When I tried to get back into training, I realised the hunger was gone and my career was over.
‘A lot of people say 'I've tried committing suicide' but there's saying it and doing it and it was coming on a regular basis. Everything got on top of me and it was a really horrible time in my life.
I'd go out, have a few drinks, start sulking and start feeling sorry for myself. I kept coming home and crying to my girlfriend saying, 'I want to end it, I don`t want to live'. Depression is a very serious thing. People don't realise how deadly it can be.’