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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.

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Ricky Hatton has given the clearest indication yet that he would be willing to fight Amir Khan, as long as he is able to promote the fight himself.

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He has worked with 24 world title holders, and tonight in Manchester his latest charge, Amir Khan, may well become the 25th. Freddie Roach speaks to Steve Bunce about the perfect punch, Manny Pacquiao and living with Parkinson's

Boxing: California dreamin' as Khan seeks stardom in the city of angels

British lightweight seeks stardom in the city of angels but first comes Kotelnik and the business of growing up

Inside Lines: Double fault as not-so-jolly Roger dodges the bullets

The normally ebullient Roger Draper, the high-profile boss of the Lawn Tennis Association, has been keeping an uncharacteristically low profile at Wimbledon. No doubt his head is below the parapet to dodge the bullets being fired in his direction as, Andy Murray apart, the event has quickly become a Brit-free zone. Flexing new-found muscles, sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe declares himself "tired of excuses" for the perennial parade of early drop-outs and warns of funding cuts if this stone-rich sport of under-achievers does not come up to scratch. Draper's allies argue that he has only been in the job two and a half years and that his efforts need time to produce results. But Draper, probably sport's highest-paid chief executive outside top-flight football, will know he needs to justify the huge investments the LTA receives from Wimbledon, sponsors and the Government by at least getting a few more players into the world's top 150 soon. Some £27 million of funding comes via Sport England, for whom Draper was chief executive before moving to the LTA. Could another reason why he is not the usual jolly Roger these days be that, along with other senior figures who worked with the funding body, including ex-chairmen Derek Mapp, Lord Carter and Trevor Brooking, he will be asked to give evidence at the inquiry into the mystery of the secret account which operated between 1999 and 2007 to benefit minor sports, and from which almost £20m is unaccounted for? While Sport England insist no criminality is suspected, there is bound to be great embarrassment when, hopefully, all is revealed.

Inside Lines: Hitman wants another round

One look at the picture above is surely enough reason for stricken Ricky Hatton to turn it in. But his perverse pride means he is certain to fight on. The Hitman may have been hit once too often but he is determined to go out on his feet, not stretched out as he was when poleaxed by Manny Pacquiao. So expect him to make a valedictory appearance in Manchester this autumn. We hear he wants boxing's mastermind, Freddie Roach, the US trainer who plotted his frightening two-round demolition by the wondrously fast-hitting Filipino – a case of Manny hands make light work – to be in his corner. But even if they scour boxing's graveyards and dig up a convenient "body", the danger is that even a patsy could land a lucky punch against a worryingly vulnerable fighter who has finally paid the price for going more rounds in the pub than the ring. A talked-of match between Hatton and his Roach-trained pal Amir Khan might pack any arena but politically it would be hard to make and fistically it would be catastrophic for Hatton, now just a left hook away from serious long-term hurt. Let's remember him as a charismatic champion – not the Has Been Hitman. Somebody ring the bell.

James Lawton: Hatton falls short of greatness, but for him there is no shame in defeat

Yes, twice he failed, both occasions with humiliation, but he did so at the highest level

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.

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