The return has finally been confirmed: Ricky Hatton will step back into the ring after three-and-a-half years in November.
The date has been set as the 24th of that month. The venue will be Hatton's old stomping ground, the Manchester Arena. His opponent or the exact weight class of the fight are unclear for the time being. Because, on surface level at least, they don't matter.
Shortly after the lunchtime announcement of the news widely reported for the last few weeks, tickets went on sale and they are already being snapped right up, to the surprise of no one. Ricky Hatton versus a broomstick would sell out.
It's understandable: Hatton during his prime was a major draw and a beloved British figure. A plain-speaking everyman who did not have articulately-prepared speeches planned pre- or post-bouts, who wound down from his latest victory with as much junk food and alcohol as he could put away.
Of course, the return has provoked cynicism from the majority of boxing fans, feeling that any more fights would 'tarnish his legacy' or that the comeback is a desperate attempt to make money and stay afloat.
The simple fact, however, is that this will help a lot more people than it will hinder — particularly Hatton himself.
Of course, there's a rich irony that the unnamed adversary who will look across the ring at him come November 24, the man of little relevance on the night to the presumed sell-out Manchester crowd joining as one in a hero's welcome, will essentially define Hatton's second run and its reasons.
It was touched upon in this very blog a few weeks ago that contemplating a return was thanks due in part to Hatton Promotions being dropped by Sky. As a guaranteed ticket-seller upon returning, Hatton will lead his company back into the mainstream.
And the talk of 'ring rust' after three years out does not strike The Pugilist as extremely relevant when it comes to a machine, a slugger. Sure, some of the finer pure boxers risk losing sharpness in their technique with a long lay-off, but Hatton's straightforward brutality does not require re-education.
If anything, the time off ensures both physical — and more importantly, mental — healing.
Those claiming the soon-to-be-34-year-old's age is an issue, meanwhile... please.
Of course, what matters most is what determines many boxing outcomes and thus, careers: how badly does he want to fight again?
While in typical Hatton fashion the Stockport man used about 1,000 words to put his motives across to gathered journalists when about 50 would have accomplished the same, there was a reassuring insight into his mental process:
"I haven't come back to just have four- or six-rounders, and I haven't come back to win the world title," he explained.
"It's about more than a world title to me. I didn't like the way I went out and after my retirement it was well-documented that I almost blew it in life.
"The dream is redemption. And if a world title comes with that, so be it. November 24th is the key to everything.
"If I put in a performance that night against a world-ranked boxer, people can be proud of me again.
"There's a lot of things I've got to put to bed. Nobody wants their career to end in the way that it ended.
"I want British boxing to be proud of me again. I want my kids to look at me and say, 'That's my dad there'.
"We've all had problems. Everyone sat in this room has had problems. But I've had my problems."
Hatton claims that there is "no point fighting a journeyman" in November, but The Pugilist strongly recommends it.
Most lop-sided boxing pairings are met with apathy and derision because the superior fighter is often somebody who should be proving themselves worthy of the belts thrown on to them and the high billing awarded to them despite being less than a dozen fights old.
Hatton does not have to prove this. He doesn't have to prove anything. And it sounds like the only person he is trying to prove a point to is himself.
In recounting his last fight — the annihilation meted out by Manny Pacquiao — and the drugs shame that followed which preceded his official retirement last year, 'The Hitman' expressed remorse. Disappointment. A thirst for redemption.
And by showing up in 10 weeks' time at the Manchester Arena in good shape before pummelling a no-name or has-been, he would be well on that way.
A slow burn from there could see him capitalise on the backstory between he and Paulie Malignaggi in a medium-risk scenario in his third fight back, and perhaps even do battle with Amir Khan for fight number five in what would be a hugely-anticipated British showdown between two boxers with plenty of depth, having encountered bumps aplenty on their respective career paths.
All of these potential fixtures, both low- and high-profile, would no doubt do great business. They would provide the positive final career memories 'The Hitman' claims he craves. In addition, they would open the doors to those promising fighters under the Hatton Promotions umbrella.
The likes of Martin Murray, Ryan Rhodes, Rendall Munroe, Scott Quigg, Joe Murray, Tom Doran, Ashley Theophane, Scott Jenkins and Richard Towers were slowly turning heads until Sky cut the cord. If Hatton plays his cards right, he can provide just as many opportunities for these men and more leading by example as he did as a promoter.
Some say this train of thought is cynical, but it's possible to help yourself and help others at the same time.
But if he takes too big a step at one time, if he picks the wrong opponent for the wrong reasons in November, or if his motivations turn out to be untrue, thousands of cynics will be chortling "I told you so".
Please, Ricky, prove them wrong.