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Jamie Redknapp"s team of season so far… more Stoke players than Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal!

My team of the season so far… and why I've picked more Stoke players than from City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal!

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UPDATED:

11:47 GMT, 31 December 2012

Sportsmail's dream teams

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Neil Ashton's London 2012 team

Martin Keown's Arsenal/Spurs XI

Dominic King's Mersey stars of 2012

It's never easy picking these teams – and I'm sure you'll tell me where I'm going wrong!

How can I possibly leave out the exciting and entertaining Santi Cazorla or the powerful and productive Marouane Fellaini Both would get into most teams, but I would argue I have better players and I need to have some balance too.

Joe Hart is, in my opinion, the best goalkeeper in the world, but he has not been in the best form – and nor has Manchester United's David De Gea. Stoke have been defensively excellent and their goalkeeper, who may well move to a bigger club soon, has been very good. And so has their captain, Ryan Shawcross.

Santi Cazorla

Marouane Fellaini

You're out: Sorry Santi, sorry Marouane… there's just no room in my team for you two!

And here's how it breaks down, team-by-team…

Stoke – 2 players
Manchester United – 2 players
Swansea – 2 players
Manchester City – 1 player
Everton – 1 player
Chelsea – 1 player
Liverpool – 1 player
Spurs – 1 player

If you had told me at the start of
the season, I would be picking a half-term team with more Stoke players
than Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal, I would have asked for
the smelling salts.
Swansea too have two players, as do Manchester United.

There are no Arsenal players in my XI. No Wayne Rooney. No Sergio Aguero, or David Silva.
But my team has goals: Michu in midfield, Bale, Suarez and Robin van Persie in attacking positions and Michael Carrick to supply the passes.

I have two attacking full-backs, including the excellent Leighton Baines. Imagine Baines, Bale and Mata lining up for a free-kick.

So here's my line-up (4-3-3) …

Goalkeeper:
Asmir Begovic (Stoke)

Asmir Begovic

Defenders (right-left):
Pablo Zabaleta (Man
City)
Ashley Williams (Swansea)
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)
Leighton Baines (Everton)

Pablo Zabaleta

Ashley Williams

Just try and get past this fab four: (clockwise from top left) Zabaleta, Williams, Baines, Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross

Leighton Baines

Midfielders:
Michael Carrick
(Man United)
Michu (Swansea)
Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Passed it: Michael Carrick

Passed it: Michael Carrick

Michu

Goal threat: Michu

Juan Mata

Spain in the neck: Juan Mata

Attackers:
Gareth Bale (Spurs)
Luis Suarez
(Liverpool)
Robin van Persie (Man United)

Gareth Bale

Luis Suarez

Fearsome: Bale, Suarez and Van Persie would form a mouthwatering forward line in my dream team

Robin van Persie

Floyd Mayweather ready to fight Manny Pacquiao in September

Mayweather: I feel bad for Manny… $100m superfight must wait until September nowFloyd Mayweather Jr confirms May 4 comebackBoxer tells Pacquiao to come through tune-up fights firstWait for $100m superfight could end on September 14

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UPDATED:

18:38 GMT, 13 December 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has not ruled out facing Manny Pacquiao in boxing's first $100million superfight – but only after the battered Filipino has at least one warm-up bout.

Pacquiao was knocked out cold by the brutal right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas last Saturday, a result which looked to end hopes of the 33-year-old facing Mayweather.

But the five-weight world champion insists he remains interested in fighting his pound-for-pound rival, if terms can be agreed.

May the fourth be with you: Floyd Mayweather has confirmed his return to the ring will take place on May 4

May the fourth be with you: Floyd Mayweather has confirmed his return to the ring will take place on May 4

Wrong side of the law: Mayweather served two months in prison before his release in August

Wrong side of the law: Mayweather served two months in prison before his release in August

'Pacquiao's focus should on be on
trying to take a vacation, get his mind right, and get a few tune-up
fights so he can bounce back,' Mayweather told Fight Hype.

'I feel bad for him. There's a
difference in the ways you can get knocked out. See, when a guy gets
knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, rub his back
and he goes home to ice himself.

'But when you gotta wake a guy up
with smelling salts and got a concussion and he gotta go to hospital
overnight, that's crucial. I mean, that's close to death.

'When I offered Manny Pacquiao $40m, I told him I would wire him $20m up front, just agree to the guaranteed $40m.

'He told me [he wanted] 50/50 and then hopped off the phone.'

Mayweather will return to action on
May 4 at the MGM Grand, his first bout since serving two months of an
87-day prison sentence for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

All smiles: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila with his wife Jinkee following his defeat to Marquez

Smiles better: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila with his wife Jinkee following his defeat to Marquez (below)

Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in Las Vegas last week

Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in Las Vegas last week

He also revealed he is considering hiring his father, Floyd Snr, as his trainer after his uncle Roger took ill.

The pair have a fractured relationship and Floyd Jnr ejected his dad from his gym last year before his fight with Victor Ortiz.

'We don't really know what the future
holds for Floyd Mayweather as far as who's gonna be the trainer, but
I'm leaning towards my father at this particular time,' he added.

'My dad has to realise that I'm an
adult. I just want my dad to accept and respect me as an adult. I think
my dad still looks at me as his 10-year-old son.'

Back in action: Mayweather also has a date schemed in his diary to fight in September

Back in action: Mayweather also has a date schemed in his diary to fight in September

Mayweather will also fight on
September 14 and while no opponents have been announced for either date,
names in the frame include Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Robert Guerrero.

The 35-year-old, who remains
undefeated after 43 fights, and holds the WBC welterweight and WBA
(Super) light-middleweight world titles, concluded: 'I don't know who my
team has scouted but whoever it is, it's going to be an exciting show.

'I can't wait. I'm looking to go out there and perform and look well for my fans.'

Angelo Dundee dead: Muhammad Ali"s legendary trainer dies at 90

The Greatest trainer: Ali's legendary cornerman Angelo Dundee dies at the age of 90

Angelo Dundee – the man who trained Muhammad Ali to glory – has died at the age of 90.

Dundee is believed to have died of a heart attack on Wednesday evening after suffering from a blood clot in recent weeks which saw him hospitalised in Florida before being moved to a healthcare centre.

Perfect pairing: Angelo Dundee played a key role for Muhammad Ali

Perfect pairing: Angelo Dundee played a key role for Muhammad Ali

Dundee will be largely remembered as Ali's trainer, guiding the heavyweight from his early days as a professional right through a career which saw the boxer become 'The Greatest' by winning the world heavyweight three three times and engaging in numerous epic fights.

'Angelo died surrounded by family and friends,' his family said in a statement.

'He was very happy that he got to celebrate Ali's (70th) birthday earlier this year and also that he got to go to the Hall of Fame. He still had much to do, but, led a full and extraordinary life.'

His son Jim told the Miami Herald: 'He was recuperating and coming along quite well. He was already making plans to (go) to Las Vegas for another event in two weeks.

'Thankfully, the whole family was with him. We have lost a great man. My dad led a wonderful life. Sadly, many of the great people from that generation are gone. This is the end of an era.'

Dundee will be remembered in England for his role in Ali's defeat of British icon Henry Cooper at Wembley in 1963.

Farewell: Dundee during a recent interview at 5th Street Gym in Miami

Farewell: Dundee during a recent interview at 5th Street Gym in Miami

Cooper
floored Ali – then still using his birth name of Cassius Clay – at the
end of the fourth round in London with a trademark left hook which
scrambled the American's senses. Ali was saved first by the bell,
however, and then by Dundee, who breached the rules by helping him to
the corner.

Dundee then illegally used smelling salts to help his fighter regain his senses and made a small tear in one of Ali's gloves, forcing a welcome delay while a new pair were sought.

Ali then went out and beat Cooper on a cuts stoppage in the very next round.

Philadelphia-born Dundee's achievements were not limited to Ali's glory, though.

He played a significant role in the
successes of the likes of Willie Pastrano, Jose Napoles, Jimmy Ellis,
George Foreman and, famously, 'Sugar' Ray Leonard. Dundee trained 15
world champions in total.

Deadly duo: Dundee with Ali before his fight with Trevor Berbick in 1981

Deadly duo: Dundee with Ali before his fight with Trevor Berbick in 1981

One of the more indelible memories of Dundee's career came in 1981 when he loudly exhorted Leonard in the late stages of a world championship unification fight against Thomas Hearns.

After famously telling the fighter 'You're blowing it, son,' Leonard came back out to register a thrilling knockout after having been dominated in preceding rounds.

'He saved Ray Leonard in the Hearns fight. He saved Ali (against Joe Frazier) in Manila,' said boxing promoter Bob Arum, who worked with Dundee countless times over the years.

'To motivate (a fighter) takes a special skill and there aren't many people that can do it. In the (more than 45 years) I've been in boxing, he is the greatest cornerman by far of anyone that I've ever witnessed.'

Dundee's work spanned six decades and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992, cementing his legacy as an invaluable asset to some of the most decorated boxers of all time.

'Ali was this unbelievable figure, and a guy who symbolised an entire era of American culture and was idolised around the world,' Arum added. 'And through all those times, the person at his side was Dundee. For that, he will always be remembered.'

Dundee, whose wife died in 2010, is survived by a son and daughter, six grandchildren and a great grandchild.

How Dundee became a legend in boxing circles

1921: August 30 – Born Angelo Mirena in Philadelphia.

1955: Helps Carmen Basilio win the world welterweight title against Tony DeMarco.

1960: Begins training one-fight novice Muhammad Ali, then still using his birth name Cassius Clay.

1964: Plays a crucial role in Ali avoiding defeat to Henry Cooper in London, illegally helping his fighter to the corner and using smelling salts after he was knocked down by a left hook. Allegedly tears a hole in one of Ali's gloves to buy more time for his fighter to recover.

1965: Ali defeats Sonny Liston to become world heavyweight champion.

1971: Ali, back from boxing exile, loses for the first time to Joe Frazier at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1974: January 28 – Helps Ali avenge Frazier defeat, winning points decision in rematch.
October 30 – Ali shocks George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle, playing 'rope a dope' before stopping the heavy-hitting younger man in the eighth.

1975: Ali beats Frazier in the 'Thrilla in Manila' with an epic 14th-round stoppage victory.

1977: 'Sugar' Ray Leonard turns professional with Dundee in his corner.

1979: Leonard wins WBC welterweight title by beating Wilfred Benitez.

1980: Leonard loses to Roberto Duran.

1981: Leonard beats great rival Thomas Hearns in 'fight of the year', stopping the Detroit man in the 14th round. Dundee famously rallies his charge, warning him “You're blowing it, son!” before Leonard scores the knockout.
Ali retires following ignominious defeat by Trevor Berbick.

1987: Leonard returns to the ring to beat Marvin Hagler for the WBC middleweight belt.

1988: Dundee and Leonard split for the fighter's latest comeback, against Donnie Lalonde.

1992: Inducted into prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame.

1994: Works Foreman's corner as the veteran knocks out Michael Moorer to regain the world heavyweight title.

2012: January – Attends Ali's 70th birthday celebrations in Louisville, Kentucky.
February 1 – Dies of a heart attack in Florida.