Sport Lennox Lewis hasn't fought since 2003 when he beat Vitali Klitschko after he suffered a cut above his left eye

48-year-old Lewis, who was the last man to hold all four belts at heavyweight, has said he would be prepared to fight the younger of the Klitschko brothers but only for the biggest purse in boxing history

Sport in brief: Pacquiao to sue Mayweather over doping row

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao plans to sue Floyd Mayweather, the American's father and Golden Boy Promotions in the next few days in the wake of the row over doping procedures which curtailed hopes of possibly the world’s best two pound-for-pound boxers meeting in the ring. “Enough is enough.

Boxing: Mayweather vows to knock out Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr has promised to knock Manny Pacquiao out when boxing's biggest stars clash next year.

Boxing: Pacquiao and Mayweather close to fight agreement

A contract for the much-anticipated March 13 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be in place by next week, promoter Bob Arum said today.

James Lawton: Pacquiao and Mayweather can put on a show worthy of Ali or Leonard

Pacquiao makes his next fight not so much an attraction as an absolute imperative

Boxing: Haye hits land of plenty

Promoters scramble to line up lucrative fights for Briton after back-foot masterclass earns world heavyweight title

Inside Lines: Hatton wants another Juan in test before Khan showdown

Six months after being left wide-eyed and legless by Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton is getting itchy fists again. We hear the Hitman is poised to announce a New Year comeback against Juan Manuel Marquez, the 36-year-old Mexican last seen losing to another Hatton nemesis, Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Although he still declines to confirm his intentions, the word in boxing is that his desire not to go out a loser has been rekindled by the build-up to last night's Valuev-Haye scrap. He acknowledges he misses the big-fight atmosphere and insists there would be no problem getting back into shape at "Hatton House", the new £2 million fight HQ he has built near his Manchester home. "Sometimes when you've been doing this game for so long, you need to recharge your batteries and then you can come back with a bit more fire in your belly," he says. "There are things I know I can put right, and if I give it another go it will not be an eight-rounder after beating some of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. It's got to be a fight that will get me excited." Marquez has already been earmarked as a trial horse for a hoped-for meeting next summer with Amir Khan which Hatton, 31, insists he must promote himself. "That would not be negotiable, otherwise it's a non-starter." Hatton's novice promotional expertise will be tested on Friday when he stages his first "world title" fight, featuring his welterweight brother Matthew, who meets South Africa's Lovemore Ndou for the little-regarded IBO belt – which Ricky himself once held – in Stoke. The following night will bring back painful memories when he watches the Filipino Pacquiao attempt a similar demolition job in Las Vegas on the more resilient Miguel Cotto in a classic tear-up.

A week in the life of Jay-Z

He performed with Coldplay, played his own show and talked politics with Andrew Marr. Elisa Bray looks at the schedule of the world's biggest rapper

Boxing: Mayweather looks to Pacquiao for a truer test

It was business as usual for Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night when he went through the motions in a fight that resembled an exhibition of defensive mastery at the MGM in Las Vegas.

Boxing: Mayweather sees Marquez as way back into big time

It was inevitable that Floyd Mayweather would end his self-imposed exile from the boxing ring and equally predictable that he would control every aspect of his return to a sport that has missed him.

Arturo Gatti: Boxer whose blood 'n' guts style made him a leading attraction

Arturo Gatti holds several dubious records that are not immediately obvious to outsiders of the boxing business. He was probably hit more times in fights that he won than any other boxer in history and he probably ended up in hospital after more fights that he won than any other boxer in history.

Canadian boxer found dead in Brazil

Canadian boxer Arturo Gatti has been found dead in a hotel room in Brazil at the age of 37, according to reports.

Pacquiao knocks out Hatton in round two

Manny Pacquiao enhanced his claim to being the world's best pound-for-pound boxer with a second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton on Saturday.

Inside Lines: Call for 'boycott' gives 2012 organisers shooting pains

It is the word the 2012 Games have dreaded: boycott – one which has bedevilled the Olympics over the years. Now there is talk of one in London, though thankfully not of the Games themselves but potentially damaging nonetheless.

Boxing: Hatton puts faith in plan to box clever

'Hitman' relies on newfound discipline in the face of Pacquiao's awesome threat

Boxing: Mayweather and his 'issues' cloud final hours before bout

Signs of strain in Ricky Hatton’s camp emerged last night on the eve of his fight against the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter Manny Pacquiao.

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