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Manny Pacquiao reveals his top secrets

It's top secret: Manny Pacquiao

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11:54 GMT, 29 December 2012

Boxer Manny Pacquiao

Who is your sporting hero

Steve Nash of the LA Lakers is a great guy. He is maybe one of the best ever but he is also dedicated to charity work. When we are in these influential positions, we need to realise we can help pioneer change in this world.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was a tailor when I was younger, so maybe I would have owned my own store. Boxing has given me the platform to get into politics but even without it I like to think a path would have been made for me to get into politics.

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I can't pick one player on the team but I would like to help Boston Celtics win the NBA title. I'm pretty good.

Career highlight

I made less than two dollars for winning my first fight but two dollars meant a lot to us. I knew I was good, and those two dollars showed me if I kept on fighting we would not need to worry about money.

…and the worst moment

Probably the fight against Tim Bradley. If you lose you lose, but I was sure that I won. None of his punches hurt me.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

Everything can be replaced. I have had nothing before, and while I don't want to have nothing again, I know what is really important is to have your family healthy. Of course it's nice to know your family are healthy while driving a Ferrari!

What's the best advice you've ever been given

When you think you are 100 per cent ready you're probably not.

Favourite karaoke song

La Bamba.

Three most-listened-to songs on your ipod

Ordinary Song by Marc Velasco, Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill, and Imagine by John Lennon.

Actor Jericho Rosales

Actor Jericho Rosales

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

It's already happened – a guy called Jericho Rosales (above) played me.

Last film you saw

I watched Toy Story 3 with my kids.

Last book you read

The Bible. Even on the night of a fight, I make sure there is time to study it.

Favourite pre-match meal

I eat pretty much the same meal every day. I have Filipino beef broth and chicken soup with rice.

Can you cook Best dish

I have a cook.

Your favourite holiday destination

We had a great family vacation where we visited Japan and Australia in the same trip. Both are beautiful countries.

What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought

My yacht. It is so nice being at peace with the world out on the ocean, surrounded by your family and the people you love.

Tell us a secret…

When I fight the crime rate in the Philippines drops like crazy during the fight. At first I thought it was a myth, but it's been backed up by statistics.

It"s top secret: Manny Pacquiao

It's top secret: Manny Pacquiao

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UPDATED:

22:23 GMT, 28 December 2012

Boxer Manny Pacquiao

Who is your sporting hero

Steve Nash of the LA Lakers is a great guy. He is maybe one of the best ever but he is also dedicated to charity work. When we are in these influential positions, we need to realise we can help pioneer change in this world.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was a tailor when I was younger, so maybe I would have owned my own store. Boxing has given me the platform to get into politics but even without it I like to think a path would have been made for me to get into politics.

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I can't pick one player on the team but I would like to help Boston Celtics win the NBA title. I'm pretty good.

Career highlight

I made less than two dollars for winning my first fight but two dollars meant a lot to us. I knew I was good, and those two dollars showed me if I kept on fighting we would not need to worry about money.

…and the worst moment

Probably the fight against Tim Bradley. If you lose you lose, but I was sure that I won. None of his punches hurt me.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

Everything can be replaced. I have had nothing before, and while I don't want to have nothing again, I know what is really important is to have your family healthy. Of course it's nice to know your family are healthy while driving a Ferrari!

What's the best advice you've ever been given

When you think you are 100 per cent ready you're probably not.

Favourite karaoke song

La Bamba.

Three most-listened-to songs on your ipod

Ordinary Song by Marc Velasco, Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill, and Imagine by John Lennon.

Actor Jericho Rosales

Actor Jericho Rosales

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

It's already happened – a guy called Jericho Rosales (above) played me.

Last film you saw

I watched Toy Story 3 with my kids.

Last book you read

The Bible. Even on the night of a fight, I make sure there is time to study it.

Favourite pre-match meal

I eat pretty much the same meal every day. I have Filipino beef broth and chicken soup with rice.

Can you cook Best dish

I have a cook.

Your favourite holiday destination

We had a great family vacation where we visited Japan and Australia in the same trip. Both are beautiful countries.

What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought

My yacht. It is so nice being at peace with the world out on the ocean, surrounded by your family and the people you love.

Tell us a secret…

When I fight the crime rate in the Philippines drops like crazy during the fight. At first I thought it was a myth, but it's been backed up by statistics.

Hugo Lloris adapting to Premier League with Tottenam

Lloris reveals he's settling in at Spurs… now that he's AVB's No 1!

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UPDATED:

09:14 GMT, 21 December 2012

Main man: Hugo Lloris

Main man: Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has admitted he has had to adapt to the English game after joining Tottenham from Lyon in August.

The Frenchman, who will face his former side in the last 32 of the Europa League, signed for 12million but initially struggled to displace Brad Friedel as Andre Villas-Boas’ No 1.

But Lloris is confident he is now up to speed with the Premier League.

‘Football is universal,’ he told the Times. ‘There are certain characteristics, such as crosses, high balls, duels on the pitch and fighting spirit which are part of the English football. Here it is faster, with higher intensity.

‘Being a keeper isn’t just about being a player,’ he said. ‘It’s about a mindset, being rigorous in your work, brave. I don’t like to wait for the game to come to me, to have it imposed on me. I like to attack the ball, to play quite high up the pitch and to close the attacking players down where possible.’

Lloris credited Lyon with developing his career but admitted he was ready to leave for a new challenge.

‘I needed to move on to the next stage in my career,’ he added. ‘Coming to Tottenham was a great opportunity for me. During my time at Lyons I developed as a man and a sportsman into what I am today.’

Roberto Di Matteo wins Credit Suisse coach of the year

Look who's won another trophy, Roman… as Benitez blows it in Japan, Di Matteo is named coach of the year in Switzerland

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14:05 GMT, 17 December 2012

On the same day Rafael Benitez's Chelsea were beaten in the Club World Cup final his predecessor Roberto Di Matteo was seen smiling again after being named coach of the year in Switzerland.

Italian tactician Di Matteo was sacked last month by Blues owner Roman Abramovich despite winning both the Champions League and the FA Cup in his short spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

All smiles: Di Matteo collects the award in Zurich on Sunday night

All smiles: Di Matteo collects the award in Zurich on Sunday night

All smiles: Di Matteo collects the award in Zurich on Sunday night

All smiles: Di Matteo collects the award in Zurich on Sunday night

While Di Matteo's exploits were clearly not appreciated by the Russian oligarch, football experts in the country of his birth stood to applaud the 42-year-old as he was honoured at the Credit Suisse Sports Awards in Zurich on Sunday night.

Benitez finds himself under enormous pressure at Stamford Bridge already just eight games into his seemingly doomed reign as interim manager. The Spaniard is hugely unpopular with club's fans having replaced club legend Di Matteo and he has won just three of his eight games in charge.

Outfoxed: Benitez's Chelsea were beaten by Corinthians in Japan on Sunday

Outfoxed: Benitez's Chelsea were beaten by Corinthians in Japan on Sunday

Outfoxed: Benitez's Chelsea were beaten by Corinthians in Japan on Sunday

Chelsea, off the pace in the Premier League, have lost three of the six games Benitez has taken charge of so far and blew their best chance of silverware with a 1-0 defeat to Corinthians in Yokohama, Japan on Sunday.

Although an Italian international Di Matteo was born and brought up in Schaffhausen in the north of Switzerland.

Stellar year: Di Matteo won both the FA Cup (above) and the Champions League (below)

Stellar year: Di Matteo won both the FA Cup (above) and the Champions League (below)

Stellar year: Di Matteo won both the FA Cup (above) and the Champions League (below)

P.S. There were no surprises when Roger Federer was named as Swiss sportsman of the year. The 31-year-old tennis star is the country's greatest ever athlete, having won 17 Grand Slams.

Legend: Federer picked up yet another gong

Legend: Federer picked up yet another gong

I want David Beckham at the FA, says chairman David Bernstein

Beckham could be lured to FA, admits Bernstein (is that to replace you as chairman)

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14:04 GMT, 11 December 2012

David Beckham is in line for a role at the FA after Chairman David Bernstein hailed the former England captain as a unique sporting figure.

Bernstein, whose reign at the FA will come to an end in May 2013, praised Beckham after the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar ended his spell with LA Galaxy by winning the MLS Cup at the beginning of December.

Bernstein said: 'He’s someone who has projected themselves and done wonderfully well for us in so many ways.

Up for grabs: David Beckham (left) is leaving LA Galaxy for a new challenge

Up for grabs: David Beckham (left) is leaving LA Galaxy for a new challenge

Icon: Beckham won 115 England caps

Icon: Beckham won 115 England caps

'So I’d like to congratulate him on what he’s done and look forward to the next stage in his career.'

And Bernstein also recognises the star quality that surrounds Beckham and he is keen for the midfielder, who won 115 caps for England, to become involved within the FA in some capacity.

The FA Chief explained: 'He is an asset that English football should treasure and I hope at some stage that perhaps The FA and David Beckham can get close together.

'That might be a little bit down the road but he is a fine figure in British football and he has become a unique figure.

'He is probably the most recognisable sports figure in the world I suspect.

'I’m not mad about the word “brand”, but he’s a real footballing figure, a fine player and sportsman.'

Dan Carter: It"s top secret

It's top secret: All Blacks No 10 Carter talks about his love of beds and basketball player Michael Jordan

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22:30 GMT, 30 November 2012

Who is your Sporting hero

I loved watching Michael Jordan when he was with the Chicago Bulls and winning games for them by himself.

In rugby, I grew up admiring All Blacks John Kirwan and Andrew Mehrtens, I was really lucky to get to play with Andrew.

Hero: Dan Carter has always been a fan of Michael Jordan

Hero: Dan Carter has always been a fan of Michael Jordan

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was on my way to a proper fitness instructor qualification before rugby took over.

My dad is a builder and I did some work as a labourer for a time, so I might have gone into something like that.

Career highlight

My Test debut for the All Blacks, in 2003 against Wales in Hamilton.

It was always my dream to put on the jersey.

… and the worst moment

Getting injured during the last World Cup.

The timing and severity of it was a real blow that I found pretty tough to handle.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

I know it would be physically impossible because it is so heavy, but it would be my bed.

Because I am away so much in hotels, I really love just being in my own bed. In fact, I love sleeping in general.

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging the Test series in tatters

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging the Test series in tatters

What's your top TV show

I've enjoyed the last few series of Entourage, about a young movie star surrounded by his friends from home.

Favourite song

Right now, the one that I am most into is Rudimental's Feel the Love.

Last film you saw

I am not a big film watcher and about the only time I get to see them is on aeroplanes. Even then, I don't always watch them.

The last one might have been with Cameron Diaz about lots of people being pregnant (What To Expect When You're Expecting).

We're expecting our first child so the subject is of interest.

Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party

Michael Jordan was my sporting hero and I have never met him, so it would be good to find out what he is like and talk sport with him.

Barack Obama would be a good guest, to find out what is really going in the world.

I have always been an admirer of Elle Macpherson: she would be very easy on the eye around the table.

Admirer: Carter is also a fan of model Elle Macpherson

Admirer: Carter is also a fan of model Elle Macpherson

Can you cook Best dish

I can make a proper lasagne, although I suppose that isn't too difficult. I'm quite proud of my cheese sauce.

Your favourite holiday destination

The W Retreat in the Maldives, which was beautiful.

The clear blue waters of the sea are the thing I remember most.

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

Brad Pitt is an awesome actor, so I would like it to be him. It's amazing what they can do with make-up these days.

Tell us a secret… I've got a real fear of snakes.

We don't have many of them in New Zealand, thankfully, but when I'm in South Africa I am wary of them.

If I'm playing golf there and hit the ball into the rough, I leave it out of fear of what I might find.

Ricky Hatton exclusive interview – I want to redeem myself

Ricky Hatton exclusive: 'I want to redeem myself. I want my kids to be proud of me'

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22:46 GMT, 19 November 2012

The house that Ricky built stands up the road from the tough council estate where he grew up and from which he came out fighting.

Electronic gates open on to the driveway where he parks his Bentley but it still matters hugely to the Hitman that the fruits of his punishing labours do not cut him off from his gnarled roots deep in the suburbs of Manchester.

If you want to find the real Ricky Hatton go to Hyde — and seek. It is worth the journey to remind yourself there is no less spoiled, more honest sportsman in the land.

Hard work: Ricky Hatton is just days away from making his comeback in Manchester

Hard work: Ricky Hatton is just days away from making his comeback in Manchester

Who else would call his home Heartbreak Hotel Part tribute to Elvis Presley, part deference to the blows his hard old game inflicts.

Who else would have spent many days since he announced his comeback telling everyone interested that his girlfriend had to stop him slitting his wrists because he felt he had let down her, the kids, his fans and the country

Go also to be reassured — despite the scandal and self-destruction into which he descended during the three years since his last fight — that he is still the Pied Piper of hope for all the worse-off folk who live down the hill.

The 20,000 tickets for Saturday night’s comeback at the Manchester Arena sold out within hours even though the identity of his opponent was unknown.

‘Support like this gives me goose-pimples,’ he says. ‘Always has done. The people see me as one of their own and I am. They know I always give everything I’ve got, win or lose. That’s why they get behind me.’ Just as he gets behind Manchester City.

The sparring on this particular afternoon has been ferocious. ‘More like a proper fight, that was,’ he chuckles after beating up an eastern European duplicate of Vyacheslav Senchenko, the Ukrainian against whom he has to re-prove himself.

In conversation: Hatton talks to the Daily Mail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell at his gym

In conversation: Hatton talks to the Daily Mail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell at his gym

In conversation: Hatton talks to the Daily Mail's boxing correspondent Jeff Powell at his gym

The relentless toil was prolonged, too, with Hatton insisting on extra rounds. So we have to hurry back to the house because City v Ajax in the Champions League is coming up on the telly.

There is also work still to do. It is dark, cold and wet but he pulls on the trademark floppy hat and runs back out into the night to join a training partner in their regular 15 sharp sprints up a nearby hill.

As he goes he hugs Jennifer, his lady who stood by him through all the drink and drugs-related madness after his flattening by Manny Pacquiao, and asks: ‘Would you mind getting my tea ready The game will be kicking off.’

The pasta, greenery and tomatoes are duly waiting on the table. Then he and son Campbell are out of the hi-tech kitchen, through the kids’ playroom, past the indoor swimming pool, via the home gym and into the private cinema.

We miss kick-off but no sooner do we sit down than we’re on our feet again, in dismay. Ajax greet us by going two up. ‘What’s happened to defending in this country’ Hatton demands to know, banging the leather arm of his seat.

The Hitman’s link to his fervent public runs through football. The people’s fighter shares their love affair with the people’s game.

Hard at work: Hatton in the gym with his trainer Bob Shannon

Hard at work: Hatton in the gym with his trainer Bob Shannon

So much so that he has named one of the family dogs after an all-time City hero. This Franny Lee bears an uncanny resemblance to the original. He is a short, stocky, lively, lovable Shih Tzu who darts quickly hither and thither like a fox in the box — and has plenty to say for himself.

On City, Hatton says: ‘We’ve raised the bar by becoming champions. We all expect City to win the league again. That’s the No 1 priority for the supporters. I’ve felt all along that we’re still two or three years away from being real contenders for the Champions League. You have to pay your dues in Europe.’

Still, Hatton and son get excited as City come back to draw level with Ajax at 2-2. Then they jump into a high five as they appear to snatch a late winner. But it’s offside. So narrowly that we wonder how the distant linesman could see it. But offside nonetheless.

‘Yeah, OK, it was off,’ says Ricky. ‘Maybe for the best.’ In truth, the Hitman would prefer City to lose to Real Madrid tomorrow night and have done with Europe this time around. He explains: ‘I’d rather we finish bottom of the group than go into that waste of time called the Europa League. Maybe then we can take advantage in the Premier of playing fewer big games than the Reds and the rest through a key stretch of the season.’

Manager Roberto Mancini is on the screen. He is angry about the disallowed goal and the denial of a late penalty but he also looks disoriented.

Support: Hatton's girlfriend Jennifer (right) was distraught when he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao

Support: Hatton's girlfriend Jennifer (right) was distraught when he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao

Hatton says: ‘I like Mancini as a man but if it doesn’t come good in the League, I’m afraid it’ll be bye-bye to poor Roberto. Look, I can’t stand all the mugs in the stands who think they could do it better. I played a bit at right half (for the City academy among other teams) and I loved it.

‘I’m no football manager but I can see when a man’s struggling, the way I do in an opponent when I begin to get to him in the ring. Mancini sometimes is in danger of being hung on all these tactical switches of his.’

He takes no pleasure from that, saying: ‘It hurts when it’s one of the family. And unlike United and Chelsea and Arsenal, City are one big family — everyone from the players, coaches and directors to fans and stewards. It’s because we’re always fighting the shadow of big brother up the road at Old Trafford. If we’re going to win we all have to be in it together. So if one of the family can’t do his bit then I’m afraid he’s got to go.’

The family analogy hits home because Hatton has made a personal decision that is far more painful than paying off a multi-millionaire football manager.

The falling out between Ricky and his parents came to an ugly climax the night before he announced his comeback. The split had been festering and his father, Ray, went to Ricky’s gym to confront the issue. It is already a matter of infamous record that Dad took a swing at the lad, who rather than resort to his professional fists called the police.

All smiles: Hatton has turned his life around since deciding to return to the ring

All smiles: Hatton has turned his life around since deciding to return to the ring

Since Ray played for City and first indoctrinated Ricky in the club, many of their nearest are awaiting the reconciliation. They are to be disappointed.

Hatton keeps his counsel about the initial basis for the schism. But he is mortified by reaction on his own doorstep to the revelations of the drink and drug-fuelled excesses into which he sank.

As we sip tea by the hearth, he turns again to Jennifer and talks very candidly: ‘This lady went through more hell than anyone because of me. She had to stop me from killing myself when I had the knife to my wrists. She had more reason to feel angry than anyone but she was the one who stood by me when I needed it most. Never failed me.

‘I was at rock bottom and close to ending my life but Ray and my mum (Carol) never came round. Not once. I’m afraid it’s the finish for me as far as they’re concerned. It’s sad but it’s over. For good. There’s no going back now. Not for me.’

The silence is poignant but brief. He breaks it with a smile: ‘This is my family. Right here.’ A sweep of his tattooed arm takes in Campbell, Jennifer and their infant daughter Millie, as well as Franny Lee and their new puppy, a pet Chihuahua. ‘Look at my guard dogs,’ he says. ‘Such big, hostile beasts.’

The Hitman is laughing again. His comeback was launched out of fear of being remembered as ‘that fat idiot who won world titles but flushed it all down the toilet’. He adds: ‘I want to go down as a champion who redeemed himself, made up for letting everyone down and regained his self-respect. I want my kids to be proud of me.’

Standing in his way: Hatton takes on Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena on Saturday

Standing in his way: Hatton takes on Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena on Saturday

Is Campbell proud of him ‘Course I’m proud of my Dad. Very,’ says this bright, polite youngster. So much so that he is itching to follow him into the ring, adding: ‘I want to be just like him.’

Campbell is a good footballer — a City fan of course — and a promising rugby union hooker. But he wants to fight, and his mother, a former girlfriend of Ricky’s, has issued the terms on which she might relent.

Campbell has come home with a school report card full of As and just the occasional B grade. Excitedly, he tells his Dad: ‘Mum says that when I get straight As I can start boxing.’

You sense Jennifer is thankful the decision is not hers. She was the last of those close to Ricky to approve his comeback.

He says: ‘She was traumatised by the knockouts by Mayweather and Pacquiao. But she’s settled her mind and she’ll be back at ringside.’

She says: ‘At first I wanted him to stay out of it but I came to understand why he has to do this. I also realise that it’s healthier for him to box than live the life he’d fallen into. This time — yes, this time — I believe him when he says he’s a changed man.’

The end Hatton was knocked out cold by Pacquiao in Las Vegas when he last fought

The end Hatton was knocked out cold by Pacquiao in Las Vegas when he last fought

‘We all have to grow up some time,’ says Ricky. ‘This isn’t just a comeback for me, it’s a lifestyle change.’

There is further evidence of that in the effort he makes to restrain the industrial language once he arrives home. He lets only one syllable of vernacular slip all evening and promptly tells Campbell: ‘Don’t do as I do, do as I tell you . . . when I’m not swearing!’ Then adds: ‘Mind you, I was never any trouble at school. I just didn’t study.’

For the most part, Hatton is focused on the ring located up the back stairs at his thriving health club. He admits: ‘I was nervous as a kitten when I first started sparring again. Even though it was only against a couple of kids in the club, I was all over the place.’

With the help of his new trainer, Bob Shannon, it has slowly come back together. He says: ‘I began working out for my health’s sake five months ago so by the time I went into training camp proper I had got off the extra five stones in weight. So for the first time in years I’ve only had to work on my boxing skills and technique. Thanks to that I feel better and stronger than before any fight for a long time. I’m not nervous any longer, I’m excited.’

All change: Hatton has shed the pounds

All change: Hatton has shed the pounds

The gym can be a liar but, from what I saw, the relentless Hatton of old is on his way back, complete with the murderous body punches. So, too, is some of the zigzag head movement which might have kept him away from the blows landed by Mayweather and Pacquiao.

The physical comparisons with football are on his mind later, as we watch City. Hatton says: ‘I wasn’t going to say anything because some of these lads are my mates but when it comes to training they don’t know they’re alive. I go out to the training ground sometimes and what they do isn’t close to what boxers go through. To be honest, none of them would last five minutes in the ring.

‘Good luck to them with their big wages but when I look around this house I’m not only grateful but I know that what we’ve got has come through a lot of very hard work.’

That is why, when you ask what is his finest hour, he does not reach for the tape of his epic victory over Kostya Tszyu, which landed his first world title. Instead he walks us to the swimming pool and says: ‘We never had things like this. So the first day it was filled and I came home and saw Campbell swimming in there with his mates . . . that’s my proudest moment. I’m also glad this place is on my home turf.’

Little Millie has long been in bed by the time we finish talking but as I head into the night I look back to see Ricky, Jennifer, Campbell, Franny Lee and the Chihuahua framed in the bright, warm light of the open door.

Whatever happens on Saturday night, Heartbreak Hotel is the happiest of homes now.

Hatton v Senchenko will be live on Primetime on Saturday from 8pm for 14.95

Adam Gemili top secret

It's top secret: British sprinter Adam Gemili on Messi, Morocco and making stir fry

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 16 November 2012

Who is your sporting hero

Michael Owen. When I was playing football I thought he was such a great player and he was at Liverpool, my team.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

Something in sport. Hopefully coaching or teaching.

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I’d love to be Lionel Messi. He’s the best footballer in my lifetime and possibly ever.

Main man: Lionel Messi (left) in action for Argentina

Main man: Lionel Messi (left) in action for Argentina

Career highlight

Winning the World Junior Championship.

And the worst moment

Being disqualified in the relay during the Olympics. It was heartbreaking.

What's the best advice you've ever been given

Always be yourself.

Favourite karaoke song

I don’t do karaoke. I’ve never really done it so I can’t answer that . . .

Three most-listened to songs on your ipod

This Is War by Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rooftops by Lost Prophets and I’m Ready For You by Drake.

Last film you saw

Sinister. It’s weird and messed up.

Bookworm: Usain Bolt won another three gold medals in London

Bookworm: Usain Bolt won another three gold medals in London

Last book you read

Usain Bolt 9.58: Being the World’s Fastest Man. It’s really good.

Favourite pre-match meal

Chicken and pasta. It’s the best thing to eat before competing.

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

I haven’t got a clue. Ask me in 10 years.

Can you cook Best dish

Yes. I make quite a good stir fry.

Favourite holiday destination

When I go back to Morocco to see family

What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought

Probably an iPhone.

Tell us a secret…

I do yoga. I find it helps a lot, with flexibility and peace of mind.

Tiger Woods insists golf is too honest for Lance Armstrong-style controversy

Scandalous! Tiger sticks the boot in as 14-time major champ insists golf is too honest for Armstrong-style controversy

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15:07 GMT, 24 October 2012

Tiger Woods knows just how far there is to tumble when a top sportsman falls from grace – but the American is convinced golf will never be hit by a Lance Armstrong-style scandal.

Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life for his part in a doping conspiracy which rocked the sport.

Cycling's reputation has been left in tatters but Woods insists, due to the culture of honesty within his own sport, there is no need to worry about golf going the same way.

Safe: Tiger Woods insists golf will never suffer a Lance Armstrong-style scandal

Safe: Tiger Woods insists golf will never suffer a Lance Armstrong-style scandal

'We just implemented testing probably three years ago I think it is,' said Woods. 'I know we don't do any blood work like some of the other sports do.

'Right now it's just urine samples, but that's certainly a positive step in the right direction to try and validate our sport.'

He added: 'This is a sport where we turn ourselves in on mistakes. A ball moves in the trees, guys call penalties on themselves. Golf is a different sport.

'I think that's one of the neat things about our great game, and I think with the testing, it's only enhanced that respectability throughout all of sport.'

Woods, a 14-time major winner, also made
headlines for all the wrong reasons but it was over his behaviour away
from the course when it was revealed in 2009 that he had a string of
affairs.

His wife Erin filed for divorce and Tiger lost several of his sponsors before undertaking a therapy programme.

High circles: Tiger played with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the pro-am ahead of this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur

High circles: Tiger played with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the pro-am ahead of this week's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur

Nike stayed with Woods despite the sex scandal but the American sports giant dropped Armstrong on the back of the drug revelations.

Rory McIlroy looks set to replace Woods as the main man with the company amid rumours of a 156million 10-year deal for the young Northern Irishman.

Woods never managed to get his hands on one of this year's majors and failed to win a match at the Ryder Cup but, with three PGA Tour wins to his name, he insists he is happy with 2012.

Speaking ahead of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, he added: 'It's a really good year, no doubt, but winning a major championship just makes it a great year.

'The majors are such a different animal and different breed and we place so much emphasis on them.'

Disgraced: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins

Disgraced: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France wins

Happy with the progress he has made on the course and optimistic about what the future holds, it is off the course that still matters to him the most.

He trails the great Jack Nicklaus by four majors and, on 74 PGA Tour wins, is eight short of Sam Snead.

'Golf has always been a high priority in my life but family has been No 1, so that hasn't changed,' he said.

'I certainly want to break Jack's record and catch Snead's record, but being the best father I can possibly be to my two great kids, that is certainly number one in my life.'

It"s top secret… Jonnie Peacock on WAGs, fajitas and Ace Ventura

It's top secret… Jonnie Peacock on WAGs, fajitas and Ace Ventura

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All smiles: Peacock would like to swap places with Lampard

All smiles: Peacock would like to swap places with Lampard

Who is your Sporting hero

All-time: David Beckham. I met him when I was younger. He's such a cool guy.

But at the moment, Oscar Pistorius. Legend.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I did a mechanics course when I was younger. I love fixing cars. I've got a qualification.

Which other sportsman would you like to be

If I could switch lives with someone I'm trying to think about the
wife more than anything else. Frank Lampard, his missus is pretty
something – Christine Bleakley. I've got a little thing for her. But he
plays for Chelsea, I like Liverpool. So maybe Steven Gerrard, his missus
Alex isn't too bad.

Career highlight

Thursday's 100m final without a doubt. Walking out to the track, having the crowd cheer like that.

That
would have been my career highlight regardless of gold or not. The gold
just tops that night off. I didn't expect it to be that crazy.

… And the worst moment

I was injured at the start of this season and missed about three races so that annoyed me for a little bit.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

My iPhone. I could not live without my phone. It's got everything on it. Pictures, messages, contacts, it's just my life.

Star man: Peacock idolises Oscar Pistorius, the man he beat in the 100m final to take gold

Star man: Peacock idolises Oscar Pistorius, the man he beat in the 100m final to take gold

What 's the best advice you've ever been given

Whenever I get nervous before races, I tell myself: I chose to be here. I shouldn't be scared because ultimately it's what I love.

Favourite karaoke song

I was out in Portugal with a few mates and we were all a bit tipsy and we did karaoke. We sang S Club 7's Reach for the Stars.

A bunch of guys. It was definitely not a success. Someone recorded it. I shouldn't have told you that, should I

Last film you saw

It was Thursday night. Ace Ventura. I was trying to get to sleep but I couldn't so three hours into trying to get to sleep I played Ace Ventura and eventually that relaxed me and sent me off.

I haven't seen it for ages so I downloaded it as I wanted some comedy for the Village.

Which one Peacock says he would like to swap lives (or wives) with either Lampard (right) or Steven Gerrard

Which one Peacock says he would like to swap lives (or wives) with either Lampard (right) or Steven Gerrard

Last book you read

I don't read much. I read Oscar Pistorius' book Blade Runner two years ago.

Can you cook Best dish

I just do the basics because I'm lazy. I do a chicken fajita mix. Lots of peppers, beans, mushrooms, cauliflower. And lots and lots of cheese.

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

Jim Carrey! That's who. Get him in there. He can die his hair blond. Not ginger, I need to put this out there. It's only when I start to put certain products in it that it starts to look ginger.

Tell us a secret…

I'm slightly afraid of heights. But to get a proper secret out of me you have to buy me a drink. Jaegerbombs will do.

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