Ricky Hatton confirms boxing return at 43 against Marco Antonio Barrera in eight-round Mike Tyson-style exhibition fight

RICKY HATTON has confirmed Sun Sport’s exclusive that he is returning to the ring to face Marco Antonio Barrera.

The 43-year-old Manchester boxing legend will make his comeback on July 2.

And he will face the Mexican, 48, in his hometown in an eight-round exhibition bout.

He tweeted: “I can confirm my return to the ring.

“Join me for a huge party night – with top music acts – in Manchester on July 2. #HitmanRises.

“It's not how you fall, it's how you rise…”

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Hatton initially retired back in 2009 after he was beaten courtesy of a second round TKO in Las Vegas by Manny Pacquiao.

But three years later he made a comeback, only to be stopped by Vyacheslav Senchenko in the ninth.

However, his scrap with Barrera will not be scored and no winner will be announced.

Barrera, who was beaten by fellow Brit Amir Khan in 2009, last fought when he beat Jose Arias in 2011.

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The star held world titles in three different weight divisions during his pomp and also faced PacMan twice, losing on both occasions.

He retired with a record of 67 wins from his 75 fights, 44 of which were via knockout, with one no contest.

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