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Boxing: New hope for Hatton fight

Ricky Hatton's showdown with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas in May could be back on, just a day after it looked to have been scuppered by a row over money.

Boxing: Hatton showdown with Pacquiao scuppered

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

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Amir Khan will meet the Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera on 14 March, the promoter Frank Warren announced yesterday.

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