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Floyd Mayweather is looking for somebody to make rich in 2014, knowing that he will leave somebody else frustrated and poorer at the snub.

Boxing: Khan halfway to greatness says Roach

Freddie Roach insists Amir Khan is only "about halfway" towards reaching his full potential after admitting the Englishman excites him in the same way Manny Pacquiao did as a youngster.

Boxing: Khan takes quick step towards greatness

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It may be a wild rumour but, if not, you read it here first. While England are doing their 2018 bidding in South Africa there is intriguing speculation buzzing around sport's political circles that the show-stealing David Beckham is to be given a knighthood in the New Year's Honours.

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British engineers have started work on Bloodhound, a 135,000 horse-power car which they hope will achieve 1,000mph, beating the land speed record of 763mph the same team set in 1997.

Boxing: Roach's rough regime makes man out of Khan

Gym on the wrong side of LA has hardened the boy from Bolton who defends world title in Newcastle tonight.

People's champ: Manny Pacquiao

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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.

Title defence against Hatton could be on the cards, says Khan

World champion Amir Khan yesterday admitted a British superfight against Ricky Hatton was a possibility as he prepares to defend his WBA light-welterweight title.

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: Pacquiao savagery paves way for Mayweather super-fight

Cotto unable to withstand onslaught from world's best pound-for-pound fighter

Sport on TV: Panto season arrives early as Hatton squeezes into big pants

Ricky Hatton was ready to rumble last week, from a variety of orifices. The boxer was guest of honour on WWE Late Night Raw (Sky Sports 3, Thursday), his first time back in the ring since Manny Pacquiao laid him out like an undertaker in May. But Hatton looked more like his hero Bernard Manning than Manny.

James Lawton: Pacquiao can take final step towards clinching the most thrilling fight of all time

It's rarely a hardship watching Brazilians play, wherever they cast up in their relentless globe-trotting. However, there has to be the suspicion as the sun rises here this morning, that whatever the world's greatest football nation produces tonight against Fabio Capello's England in the Khalifa Stadium, one might just be in the wrong desert.

Boxing: Pacquiao fighting for his nation

After tonight's world title fight with Cotto, revered Filipino will run for Congress

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.

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