The Hyde boxer retired after that defeat, setting up his own promoting business, but suffered heavily from depression that got to such a stage he considered ending his own life.
"I definitely contemplated suicide," he added. "It was over a long period of time I'd go out, have a night out, come home and I'd be getting the Stanley knife out.
"I'd be sat there with a Stanley knife going 'go on, do it, go on, do it'.
"And I never did, but it eats away at you. Who knows one day I might have turned up and gone ahead with it.
"But it was getting most weeks I'd find myself sat on the settee at stupid o'clock in the morning thinking 'go on just do it'.
"I'm sure people have started off the same way and sadly done it. Thankfully through the support of my family, my girlfriend and everything like that it never got to the stage where I actually went through with it."
Ricky Hatton is 'In the Spotlight' on BBC Radio Manchester on Thursday, 1 March at 1800 GMT talking about his life and career. If you miss the show you can listen again via the iPlayer or download the podcast.
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