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.

Mayweather denies discord in Hatton camp

Ricky Hatton's trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr has shrugged off rumours of discord in the British fighter's camp, saying he was happy with the build-up to Saturday's 12-round title bout.

Boxing: Hatton showdown with Pacquiao scuppered

Ricky Hatton's American promoters have confirmed his proposed fight with Manny Pacquiao on 2 May is off.

Boxing: Lewis names his price but shock return looks unlikely

Lennox Lewis has finally put a price of £70m on his return to the ring – a figure so high that there is little chance of the former world champion ending his comfortable exile to trade punches ever again.

Boxing: The 'Fat Man' strikes back

Ricky Hatton was at his dazzling best on Saturday and now aims for a bigger prize on home canvas, writes Steve Bunce in Las Vegas

Hatton hails Mayweather impact after win

From Simon Lewis, PA

Boxing: Lose this one and I'll have to pack in, says Hatton

While Joe Calzaghe sends out mixed messages about whether his comprehensive conquest of a shop-soiled Roy Jones Jnr was his final curtain-call – the probability is that he will be tempted with an encore against the similarly undefeated American champion Chad Dawson in Wales next spring – his former stablemate Ricky Hatton admits that he has been on the brink of quitting himself.

Boxing: Mayweather to train Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton will be trained by Floyd Mayweather snr for his fight against IBF light-welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas on 22 November.

Ricky 'Hitman' Hatton and Frank Bruno, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

The news that Ricky Hatton was to try his hand at punchlines, rather than punches, seemed initially like some fancy footwork to sell tickets for a handful of after-dinner-style shows. However, I should not have had too many doubts about the tenacious Mancunian's ability with the witty riposte. After all, he once cut down his opponent Floyd Mayweather, in word if not in deed, when he said: "If there were such a thing as reincarnation, Floyd would want to come back as himself."

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Inside Lines: Time for young talent to take a bow

Yes, Britain's got talent, though judging from recent TV offerings of performing dogs and rain dancers there is more of it in sport than showbiz. It may have gone unnoticed that across the globe in recent weeks young Brits have been cleaning up the medals in sports as diverse as taekwondo and triathlon, modern pentathlon and BMX biking, canoeing, diving and gymnastics. The latest big hit came last week when the welterweight boxer Bradley Saunders, already a World Championship bronze medallist and one of Britain's eight Olympic qualifiers, won the gold medal in the prestigious President's Cup in Taiwan, defeating the Olympic champion in the process. Few British prospects have made as big a splash as phenomenal water babe Tom Daley, of course, but such is the current rate of achievement in the less glamorous Olympic sports – which is where most of the medals will come from – that it all bodes well for Beijing, but more so for 2012. The one fear about the upcoming Games is that some prospects may be peaking too early, as has happened in the past. But at least there is firm evidence of star quality in the class of 2008.

Boxing: Time for Hatton to fight back to reality

Forget 55,000 people, forget the millions made and forget the 43 wins because tonight at the City of Manchester Stadium Ricky Hatton is fighting for something far more elusive than the facts and figures that so neatly explain the boxing business.

Inside Lines: Boris commissions a new look for 2012

Becker he isn't, but the other Boris displayed a mean backhand when he knocked up last week with his freshly installed commissioner for sport, Kate Hoey, the first here of the US-style breed. The new London mayor revealed an innovative sporting hand when he opened refurbished tennis facilities at one of Hoey's "action zone" projects in her Vauxhall constituency. Sport, they both emphasised, should cross all political divides. Johnson then hotfooted it for his first meeting as co-chair of the Olympic board alongwith Tessa Jowell, who had organised the Ken Livingstone campaign. 2012 leader Lord Coe says: "It was quite harmonious. This is a very complex project and Boris will take his time to get to grips with it. But he is very supportive." Hoey will not sit on the Olympic board but will spearhead the drive for a legacy of greater investment in grass-roots sport. She will brief Johnson on this before his initial 15-minute presentation to the IOC evaluation commission this week, when he will stress that 2012 must benefit all London, not just regeneration of the East End.

Boxing: Woods seeks a fairytale ending against the man felled by Rocky

Clinton Woods, who likes to be known as the Cinderella man of British boxing, continues to ride in the golden coach he climbed aboard three years ago when he acquired the International Boxing Federation world light-heavyweight title. In the early hours of next Sunday he finally goes to the ball in Tampa, Florida, meeting ex-champion Antonio Tarver in the second of a trilogy of mega-dollar match-ups featuring Britons invading US rings.

Boxing: Hatton goes home to Manchester

Ricky Hatton will return to the ring at the home of his beloved Manchester City on 24 May when he defends his International Boxing Organisation light-welterweight title against Mexico's Juan Lazcano. It will be the first fight for Hatton since his defeat in Las Vegas last December at the fists of Floyd Mayweather and it will be his first fight in Manchester for three years.

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