Ricky Hatton is set to bring an end to his three-year retirement by announcing his return to the ring at a press conference in Manchester on Friday.

Hatton, who turns 34 next month, issued a press release promising a "major announcement" - believed to be details of his first fight since a brutal second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.

Hatton has shed almost three stones in training this year, sparking rumours of an imminent comeback, which is expected to take place at the MEN Arena in Manchester on 24 November.

Since losing to Pacquiao, Hatton has established his own promotions company but ran into problems in May when he lost his television deal with Sky.