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Manny Pacquiao to fight Timothy Bradley

Pacquiao confirms Las Vegas title defence against unbeaten Bradley

Manny Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The deal was expected to be confirmed after Floyd Mayweather Jnr opted to take on Miguel Cotto instead of Pacquiao on May 5.

The unbeaten Bradley, who is the WBO light-welterweight champion, will step up a division to fight the Filipino.

He's back: Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring against Timothy Bradley in June

He's back: Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring against Timothy Bradley in June

'From our end the fight is done,' Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz told EPSN. 'I just got off the phone
with (Top Rank's) Bob Arum and Manny, so we're done. I don't assume
there will be a problem from the Bradley side.

'We came to terms with Top
Rank on the fight and Manny has approved everything. This morning I had
a number of conversations with Bob negotiating the June 9 fight and I
relayed everything to Manny and the fight is done from our end.

Undefeated: Bradley will move up a weight division to fight Pacquiao

Undefeated: Bradley will move up a weight division to fight Pacquiao

'We've been talking about this for over a month and we always had a plan B in case Mayweather didn't happen.

'Last time I went to the Philippines, I took Manny tapes of all of the opponents we were talking about and he watched them with his wife, Jinkee. Bradley was one of them, as everybody knows.'

Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao in November, says Bob Arum

Arum warns Mayweather that rival Pacquiao won't fight him until November

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has been warned he faces a wait until November to take on Manny Pacquiao in boxing's eagerly-anticipated first $100million fight.

The pair, widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, appeared close to an agreement to meet in May after Mayweather had taken to Twitter to call out his rival.

But Pacquiao’s camp are preparing their man for a bout on June 9 to take advantage of a new 38,000 seat arena in Las Vegas against one of four candidates — Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto and Lamont Peterson.

Delay: Floyd Mayweather, who on Wednesday donated $100,000 to a breast cancer charity, faces a wait to fight Manny Pacquiao

Delay: Floyd Mayweather, who on Wednesday donated $100,000 to a breast cancer charity, faces a wait to fight Manny Pacquiao

That rules out a fight with Mayweather as the WBC welterweight champion will be serving a 90-day jail term for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, said: ‘To be safe, they needed until the end of May to get it done [the stadium].

‘Economically, it’s a problem that Floyd created. The amount that would be lost by moving it up to May 5th is enormous. The fight is not going to happen on May 5th. We’ll do the fight in November. There is no real magic in doing it in May.’

Arum further attempted to rile Mayweather by saying he has himself to blame for booking the MGM Grand for May 5 and suggested he'd lied to the judge to delay his prison sentence.

Arum added: 'I think they lied and said Pacquiao was ready to fight him.

Show time: Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to compete again on June 9 in Las Vegas

Show time: Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to compete again on June 9 in Las Vegas

'Now they are saying the judge ordered them to fight on May 5 Was the MGM behind this

'If the judge says you have to
surrender yourself on June 1st, what does it matter to the judge if you
fight on May 5th or two weeks later'

Meanwhile, Mayweather, who has been relentless in his pursuit of Pacquiao, insists he only has eyes for the WBO welterweight champion.

‘People around the world are anticipating a fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao,’ he said.

‘What’s been so unbelievable is that the guy said he agreed to take the random blood and urine tests, so I said, “OK, so now let’s make [the fight] happen. Let’s give the fans and the people what they want to see.”

Pulling the strings: Mayweather has described promoter Bob Arum as an obstacle to his fight with Pacquiao

Pulling the strings: Mayweather has described promoter Bob Arum as an obstacle to his fight with Pacquiao

‘People all around the world want to see Mayweather versus Pacquiao and that’s a fight that I really, really want. I’m the best in the sport and I’m going to continue to show the world I’m the best.

‘There is no fight I want more than the Manny Pacquiao fight. I guess he said he agreed to fight.

'The only thing that is stopping this fight right now, that I truly believe is stopping the fight, is Bob Arum.’

Lamont Peterson appeals Amir Khan rematch decision by WBA

Peterson appeals WBA rematch verdict as 'man in the hat' breaks silence on Khan

Lamont Peterson has lodged 'a comprehensive written appeal' against the WBA's decision to order a rematch against Amir Khan.

The governing body last week confirmed they wanted Peterson to defend their light-welterweight title against Khan after he defeated the Englishman in controversial circumstances in his native Washington on December 10.

But Peterson, who will keep the IBF title regardless after Khan withdrew his appeal to that governing body, is ready to fight that judgement.

Mystery: The IBF were going to look at the role played by Mustafa Ameen (left)

Mystery: The IBF were going to look at the role played by Mustafa Ameen (left)

A statement from Team Peterson said: 'Although rumours have surfaced that we are now in negotiations for a Peterson vs Kahn rematch in Washington DC, at this time there are no open negotiations for this bout.

'The Peterson team's focus is on the WBA's decision mandating an immediate rematch.

'A comprehensive written appeal has been submitted to the WBA and we are confident that the WBA will overturn its decision mandating an immediate rematch and recognise Lamont Peterson as the true and final WBA Jr(light) Welterweight World Champion.'

Earlier on Wednesday the infamous 'man in the hat' at the centre of Khan's controversial defeat to Peterson has claimed he was correcting errors on the scorecards.

Mustafa Ameen's unexplained involvement at ringside recently became the latest in a line of complaints from Englishman Khan following his split decision loss in Washington, which saw the local fighter snatch his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.

Ameen had been unidentified at first
before being named by promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy. The IBF
admitted he was loosely affiliated to them but insisted was not carrying
out any official duties on fight night.

Blow: Amir Khan (left) was beaten by Lamont Peterson in Washington

Blow: Amir Khan (left) was beaten by Lamont Peterson in Washington

Yet Ameen – who denies any wrongdoing – has admitted he did get involved with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh.

'I noticed one error and a subsequent error. I assisted him in correcting it without touching anything,' he told BBC Sport.

'I happened to look down, I believe at the end of the third round, I looked down and I saw Mr Welsh's score.

'I saw, I believe, it could have been nine, nine and nine – which is 27 all day long. There was an error. It might have been 26 or 28 but he was off by a point or two.

'I happened to look down and I said “Michael, nine times three is 27”. He said “oh my God” and corrected himself.

'And he said “I'm not feeling well this evening, thank you very much”.'

Khan
insists he still wants a rematch with Peterson despite dramatically
withdrawing his appeal against his controversial defeat.

The
International Boxing Federation announced just hours before the hearing
was scheduled to start in Newark, New Jersey that Khan’s team had
changed their minds.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer later claimed that he felt Khan's side of the argument would not be heard.

Hitting back: Mustafa Ameen (left) claims he corrected scorecards

Hitting back: Mustafa Ameen (left) claims he corrected scorecards

'You have certain officials who were going to be there telling their side of the story, and you have others which were not going to be there, and I think that the bottom line is that that would result in a one-sided story, and I have shared my views on this particular subject with the IBF President Daryl Peoples a couple of weeks ago,' Schaefer told RingTV.

'I told him that if he was in fact going to have certain people there, and others not, then that does not sound to me as if there was a fully transparent meeting because only part of the story was going to to be told. So I to not see any reason to participate in such a process. That's basically what it is.

'It would have been a one-sided hearing where not all of the parties would have been there to tell the story. It would have been there to tell the story. It would have been a one-sided story. They were going to include only partial representation of the fight's officials at the proposed IBF hearing.

'So we feel that it makes no sense to
go forward, but to, instead, use the time and the energy to focus on
Amir's next fight. So we have decided to withdraw from the hearing and
to focus on Amir's next fight.'

A statement on Khan's official site said that his camp hoped a rematch could be agreed.

Change of heart: Khan had already arrived in New York for the hearing

Change of heart: Khan had already arrived in New York for the hearing

'Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan are pleased to have been vindicated
by the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) recent decision to mandate an
immediate rematch and still hope that Mr. Peterson will honor earlier
statements in which he asserted that he would be happy to agree to a
rematch.

'In that vein, Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan would agree
to a 50/50 split of worldwide revenues derived from a rematch (including
those derived from the United Kingdom) should Mr. Peterson agree to
participate and hope that this will be both financially and
professionally satisfying to Mr. Peterson and his team.'

So-called 'mystery man' Ameen was due to
speak at the hearing. However, arguably the most credible witness was
not due to be present in Newark, New Jersey, with the IBF confirming
that Welsh was not going to be there to explain what Ameen was doing or
saying, because he is a representative of another governing body and
therefore not answerable to them.

The IBF said the request was made by attorney Arnold Joseph on behalf of Golden Boy Promotions.

'For now, it's off, and they've withdrawn the appeal. We do not know if they will want to do it over again.

'As of now, basically, what it means is that what was going to take place tomorrow is done.'

Disbelief: Khan has not accepted his defeat in Washington lying down

Disbelief: Khan has not accepted his defeat in Washington lying down

When asked if Peterson will remain the IBF titleholder, the organisation said: 'Absolutely.'

In
losing to Peterson, Khan relinquished both his IBF and WBA belts, but
the WBA last week ordered a rematch to take place within 180 days after
Khan’s claims of wrongdoing at ringside in Washington on December 10.

Khan complained to both the WBA and
IBF after losing his light-welterweight titles to Peterson in the
American's native Washington on December 10.

He highlighted several grievances,
chiefly referee Joe Cooper's deduction of two points, the judges'
scoring of the bout and the unexplained presence of 'mystery man'
Mustafa Ameen at ringside.

Khan, along with father Shah and
business manager Asif Vali, flew from Britain to the United States ahead of the hearing in Newark, New Jersey.

Khan's team has demanded answers to a
number of questions – not least what role Ameen played when interacting
with ringside officials.

One possible explanation for the withdrawal of the appeal could be that Golden Boy and Peterson's team have come to an agreement over a rematch between themselves.

That, however, would not explain why Khan's team are remaining silent on the matter. Neither they nor Golden Boy Promotions were answering calls on Tuesday night.

Kell Brook v Matthew Hatton bout arranged

It's the War of the Roses as Brook v Hatton showdown is arranged

World title contender Kell Brook will take on British rival Matthew Hatton in a high-profile ‘War of the Roses’ battle.

The 25-year-old Yorkshireman will fight Lancaster's European welterweight champion Hatton in an intriguing clash at the 13,500-capacity Motorpoint Arena in his native Sheffield on March 17.

Brook, who is highly ranked by the four major governing bodies, is on the verge of a world title shot this year having stepped up in class in 2011.

War: Kell Brook (left) with promoter Eddie Hearn (centre) and Matthew Hatton (right)

War: Kell Brook (left) with promoter Eddie Hearn (centre) and Matthew Hatton (right)

Victory against Hatton – who lost gallantly but comprehensively in a WBC light-middleweight challenge against Saul Alvarez last year – should finally earn him his own long-awaited title shot.

Hatton, meanwhile, has ambitions of his own and is looking to secure the chance to emulate older brother Ricky by becoming a world champion himself.

Promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed they are planning to set the venue up to hold 9,000 people, said: 'This is exactly the kind of fight we want to start making in this country.

Sibling rivalry: Matthew Hatton is hoping to emulate his brother

Sibling rivalry: Matthew Hatton is hoping to emulate his brother

'It is a fight that captures the imagination. Kell is coming along at the perfect rate with the perfect fights and this will build into a huge event for British boxing.'

After establishing himself as a draw in his home city with two impressive wins at smaller arenas, before making his American debut last month, Brook (26-0, 18KOs) will aim to confirm his box office appeal by stepping up to top the bill at the large Sheffield venue.

'When Eddie said to me that this fight was on the table I just started smiling,' Brook said.

'It has been a long time coming so I’m pleased.

World: Kell Brook is hoping for a world title shot

World: Kell Brook is hoping for a world title shot

'I want to separate us as number one and two in Britain. Matthew thinks he should be number one so that’s why I’m happy, I’m pleased to be able to prove it is me.'

Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KO wins) believes the two were destined to meet.

'I always knew I would fight Kell one day,' he said.

'So this is a fight that excites me. I've got a lot of respect for Kell as a fighter but this couldn't come at a better time for me.

'The local rivalry makes it even more exciting and I'm looking forward to proving who is the number one in Britain.

'I firmly believe that I am, but talk is cheap.'

Floyd Mayweather offers Manny Pacquiao May 5 showdown

Mayweather lays down gauntlet to Pacquiao by offering May 5 showdown

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has challenged Manny Pacquiao to fight him on May 5.

The WBC welterweight champion’s plans to fight on that date in Las Vegas looked to be dead and buried when he was sentenced to prison.

But his 90-day term was deferred and the five-division world champion looks set to finally agree terms with Pacquiao for what could be the first $100m bout in history.

Fight of the century: Floyd Mayweather could fight Manny Pacquiao

Fight of the century: Floyd Mayweather could fight Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather tweeted: 'Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.

'My Jail Sentence [sic] was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.'

The pair, who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, have put off meeting each other in the ring despite both camps promising a deal on several occasions.

The latest blow to negotiations came when Mayweather was sentenced to prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Up for it Floyd Mayweather tweeted his challenge to Manny Pacquiao

Up for it Floyd Mayweather tweeted his challenge to Manny Pacquiao

But last week a judge declared that the 34-year-old could serve his time from June 1, paving the way for him to fight as planned.

It remains to be seen how the Pacquiao camp will respond but the Filipino said: 'I've said this over and over before and I'm saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Jnr to be my next opponent and I haven't changed my choice despite recent developments.

'I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum, and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference. Whoever the fans want me to fight, I will face him atop the ring.

Will he accept the challenge Mayweather will await Pacquiao's answer

Will he accept the challenge Mayweather will await Pacquiao's answer

'[However] I don't choose the fight. It is my promoter who does because it's his job. My job is to fight, everybody must realise that.'

Arum had previously told ESPN: 'I'll sit with Manny and explain everything to him, tell him what I
think each of these fights would do on pay-per-view.

'We'll
talk about what (trainer) Freddie [Roach] thinks and about what (Top
Rank matchmaker) Bruce [Trampler] thinks. Then I'll let Manny make the
decision on which opponent he wants to fight, which I am sure he will do
while I am there.'

Dereck Chisora v Vitali Klitschko: Frank Warren confident no "Khanspiracy"

Warren: There will be no 'Khanspiracy' when Chisora takes on Klitschko

Promoter Frank Warren is confident there will be no issue with ringside officials when Dereck Chisora has his shot at WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the Oympiahalle in Munich, Germany next month.

British fighter Amir Khan recently suffered a controversial split decision loss against local favourite Lamont Peterson in Washington DC, which cost him his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.

Head-to-head: Vitali Klitschko will face Dereck Chisora in Munich next month

Head-to-head: Vitali Klitschko will face Dereck Chisora in Munich next month

Khan has called for the fight to be declared a no contest, with a hearing set for January 18.

Warren believes there will be no such problems when Chisora takes on Klitschko next month.

'The fight will be under a lot of scrutiny, we will be asking the Boxing Board of Control to have neutral officials,' said Warren.

Man in the hat: Lamont Peterson celebrates after controversially beating Khan

Man in the hat: Lamont Peterson celebrates after controversially beating Khan

'We have had the last couple of fights with British guys abroad when there has been some controversy.

'The eyes of the world will be on this fight, so I am quite sure that they will ensure the right people are appointed as referees and judges.'

Up for the fight: Chisora is confident of an upset

Up for the fight: Chisora is confident of an upset

Chisora is looking to bounce back from the disappointment of a controversial points defeat in his European heavyweight bout with Robert Helenius in Finland, having also lost to Tyson Fury in their British title showdown in July last year.

The 27-year-old Londoner has no problems with fighting overseas – and claims he can thrive on any negative atmosphere.

He said: 'I love it. In Helsinki I was the underdog, but the more boos I heard, the more excited I was.

'We will travel anywhere to fight and I am looking forward to fighting in a famous stadium for the biggest prize.'

Chisora has targeted a shock victory over the veteran three-time world champion, having seen his plans to take on IBF, WBO and WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko scuppered by the holder's injury problems.

'No 8 is my lucky number and Vitali is going down in the eighth round,' said Chisora when the pair came head to head at a pre-fight press conference in London on Tuesday.

'He just does not know what is coming – I am physically and mentally coming to take what is his and make it mine.

'I hope you are prepared for that.

'I have already said to Vitali “I hope you don't chicken out like your little brother, just make sure you are there”.

'I just hope you do not come up with excuses, say “there is a problem with this or that”. I just want to fight.'

Chisora added: 'The time is here. He is the doctor and I am the black plague. I am coming to destroy him in his own back yard.'

Floyd Mayweather wants to fight Manny Pacquiao May 5

Mayweather lays down gauntlet to Pacquiao by offering May 5 showdown

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has challenged Manny Pacquiao to fight him on May 5.

The WBC welterweight champion’s plans to fight on that date in Las Vegas looked to be dead and buried when he was sentenced to prison.

But his 90-day term was deferred and the five-division world champion looks set to finally agree terms with Pacquiao for what could be the first $100m bout in history.

Fight of the century: Floyd Mayweather could fight Manny Pacquiao

Fight of the century: Floyd Mayweather could fight Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather tweeted: 'Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.

'My Jail Sentence [sic] was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.'

The pair, who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, have put off meeting each other in the ring despite both camps promising a deal on several occasions.

The latest blow to negotiations came when Mayweather was sentenced to prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Up for it Floyd Mayweather tweeted his challenge to Manny Pacquiao

Up for it Floyd Mayweather tweeted his challenge to Manny Pacquiao

But last week a judge declared that the 34-year-old could serve his time from June 1, paving the way for him to fight as planned.

It remains to be seen how the Pacquiao camp will respond but the Filipino said: 'I've said this over and over before and I'm saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Jnr to be my next opponent and I haven't changed my choice despite recent developments.

'I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum, and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference. Whoever the fans want me to fight, I will face him atop the ring.

Will he accept the challenge Mayweather will await Pacquiao's answer

Will he accept the challenge Mayweather will await Pacquiao's answer

'[However] I don't choose the fight. It is my promoter who does because it's his job. My job is to fight, everybody must realise that.'

Arum had previously told ESPN: 'I'll sit with Manny and explain everything to him, tell him what I
think each of these fights would do on pay-per-view.

'We'll
talk about what (trainer) Freddie [Roach] thinks and about what (Top
Rank matchmaker) Bruce [Trampler] thinks. Then I'll let Manny make the
decision on which opponent he wants to fight, which I am sure he will do
while I am there.'

Floyd Mayweather Jr to begin Las Vegas prison term

Mayweather set to begin 90-day stretch behind bars in Las Vegas county jail

Shamed superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr is set to begin his sentence of 90 days in a Las Vegas after being sent down for a battery charge.

Mayweather last month pleaded guilty in a domestic violence case involving an attack on his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010.

A judge ordered the undefeated 34-year-old to turn himself in for a three-month sentence that Las Vegas police say could end up being about 60 days with good behavior and work time.

Walk the line: Floyd Mayweather, pictured at a recent NBA game in Los Angeles, is set to begin his 90-day prison stretch

Walk the line: Floyd Mayweather, pictured at a recent NBA game in Los Angeles, is set to begin his 90-day prison stretch

The case stemmed from a hair-pulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with Josie Harris, the mother of three of Mayweather's children, and threats to beat their sons in an argument about Harris dating another man.

Sentenced: Mayweather was convicted last December

Sentenced: Mayweather was convicted last December

Harris, now 31, lives in the Los Angeles area with the couple's two sons, now 12 and 10, and a daughter age 8.

Mayweather's lawyers, his promoter-manager, Leonard Ellerbe, and court and jail officials didn't say on Thursday what, if any, arrangements had been made for the surrender of the fighter.

He has earned upwards of $20million
for his most recent fights against Victor Ortiz, which won him the WBC
welterweight belt, and Shane Mosley.

Attorney Karen Winckler has said she was considering asking the judge who sentenced Mayweather to reconsider.

Jail
time is expected to limit training for a possible May 5 date for a
fight in Las Vegas, where Mayweather's promoters reserved the MGM Grand
Garden Arena for an as-yet unnamed opponent.

There has been no word from Mayweather's
camp about any proposals for a long-awaited showdown with Manny
Pacquiao, against whom Mayweather's welterweight success is usually
measured.

King of the ring: Mayweather's management are hopeful he'll be back in action later this Spring

King of the ring: Mayweather's management are hopeful he'll be back in action later this Spring

The two men have a defamation lawsuit pending in Las Vegas federal court stemming from statements by Mayweather that he suspected Pacquiao was taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Mayweather pleaded guilty on December 21 last year to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges in a plea deal that saw prosecutors drop felony and misdemeanor charges that could have gotten Mayweather 34 years in state prison if he was convicted of all charges.

WBC must strip Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight belt – Jeff Powell

WBC must set aside financial greed and strip Mayweather of his title

Anno Domini Two Thousand and Twelve dawns with a shadow cast over boxing by, of all people, the most prestigious of the world championship sanctioning bodies.

The hard old game has enough detractors without the president of the WBC, Jose Sulaiman, inferring that Floyd Mayweather's battering of the mother of his children is not a serious enough crime to warrant him being stripped of his welterweight title.

WBC regulations require the removal of their belt from a convicted felon, which Floyd Jnr became when he agreed a plea bargain under which he begins a three-month spell in prison starting on January 6.

Unhappy new year: Floyd Mayweather Jnr will serve 90 days in jail from January 6

Unhappy new year: Floyd Mayweather Jnr will serve 90 days in jail from January 6

Sulaiman then described Mayweather's offence as 'not a big crime,' to the outrage of not only women's activists but right-minded citizens the world over.

As the furore grew Sulaiman, as a Mexican a native Spanish speaker, tried to excuse himself by claiming clumsiness with the English language and citing his support of women's rights.

Yet still he failed to trigger the stripping of Mayweather, agreeing only to review the situation this month while committing the WBC to a seemingly unqualified support of fighters.

The suspicion has to be that the WBC are more concerned with the significant sanctioning fees they receive from fights involving Mayweather, the highest revenue generator on pay-per-view television in America.

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One high-profile Latin American boxer, Argentina's Sergio Martinez, has registered his personal protest by dumping the WBC Diamond belt, a virtually meaningless invention conveniently designed to disguise the fact that the No 1 middleweight on the planet is not the world champion of that organisation.

The more significant Ring magazine world middleweight belt will be on the line when Martinez defends against Birmingham's Matthew Macklin in New York's Madison Square Garden on March 17. Martinez is also angered by the WBC's failure to enforce his mandatory challenge to official WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.

However, the future risk to his career if he is cold-shouldered by that organisation validates his stand as one of principle. Quite rightly it is one which is attracting massive public support, to the mounting embarrassment of the WBC.

Mayweather is tuned into the gangsta rap culture but there is nothing macho about hitting women, least of all when it is done by a prize-fighter.

Furthermore in most civilised countries, Britain included, a boxer's fists are deemed to be deadly weapons and their use against civilians outside the ring considered a serious assault. Mayweather escaped several years in prison by accepting his 90 days behind bars.

Martinez-Macklin is one of several exciting events in the offing in 2012, despite Mayweather's sentence delaying his super-fight with Manny Pacquiao once again and even though there were a rash of world title defeats for British boxers in the year just ended.

Dereck Chisora gets a crack at Vitali
Klitschko's world heavyweight title on February 18, perhaps with David
Haye following his fellow Londoner to a football ground in Germany in
mid-summer.

David Price will push himself into that
reckoning assuming he defeats John McDermott in a final British title
eliminator on January 21.

Golden boy: The Money Man won the WBC belt in September from Victor Ortiz

Golden boy: The Money Man won the WBC belt in September from Victor Ortiz

BoxNation, Frank Warren's new dedicated TV channel, is given a boost not only by broadcasting Klitschko-Chisora but in finding itself the only network screening the fights of British world champions.

Nathan Cleverly goes into a homecoming defence of his light-heavyweight title in Cardiff on February 25 hoping to return to Wales in the summer for a huge championship unification fight against veteran American legend Bernard Hopkins in the Millennium Stadium.

Ricky Burns defends his lightweight title in Scotland in March.

Carl Froch and Amir Khan, no matter what the outcome of his appeal against controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson, will be back seeking to regain their world titles this year.

Day of shame: Mayweather (left) was sentenced to a reduced term in prison after pleading guilty last month to battering the mother of his children

Day of shame: Mayweather (left) was sentenced to a reduced term in prison after pleading guilty last month to battering the mother of his children

Internationally, Froch's conqueror
Andre Ward will be striving to rise towards pound-for-pound greatness
while the PacMan will resist that by strutting his stuff, with or
without Mayweather.

Which
turns this ring full circle. If boxing is to maximise all these gifts
and continue its climb from crisis to renaissance it must conduct its
business in a manner so civilised that it dignifies the violence in the
ring.

If not the threat from the abolitionists, particularly among the opportunist politicians in the US senate, will become ever greater.

It is essential that the WBC set aside financial greed and any celebrity preference for Mayweather. It is their duty to abide by their own rules, strip Mayweather and thereby make it clear beyond any doubt that boxing respects the rule of law, the dignity of man and the protection of women.

Outrage: WBC president Jose Sulaiman played down Mayweather's offence

Outrage: WBC president Jose Sulaiman played down Mayweather's offence

Once Mayweather comes out of the slammer he should be free to resume his career and be reinstated as high in the rankings as the WBC and all the other alphabelt bodies see fit. As should any culprit in any walk of live once he has served his time.

Preferably, he will then train himself towards that pound-for-pound showdown with Pacquaio. Meanwhile, he has forfeited his right to be a champion.

And since he is technically inactive for the time being, this column hereby removes Floyd Jnr from our ranking of the top ten boxers in the world until he returns to the ring.

Pound-for-pound ratings
WORLD POUND-FOR-POUND TOP 10

No 1 MANNY PACQUIAO
Born: 17/12/1978
Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines
Current titles: WBO welterweight world champion
Jeff's verdict: Still the best despite almost coming undone his his third installment with Marquez.

No 2 SERGIO MARTINEZ
Born: 21/02/1975
Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Current titles: The Ring middleweight champion
Jeff's verdict: Showed his class to dispatch Darren Barker recently.

No 3 JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ
Born: 23/08/1973
Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Current titles: WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight champion
Jeff's verdict: Classic Mexican warrior who took Manny to the wire in another epic contest.

No 4 NONITO DONAIRE
Born: 16/11/1982
Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
Current titles: WBC bantamweight champion
Jeff's verdict: The next Pacquiao.

No 5 WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
Born: 25/03/1976
Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
Current titles: IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA and The Ring heavyweight champion
Jeff's verdict: Longest reigning champion, completely commanded Haye in a one-sided fight in Germany.

No 6 VITALI KLITSCHKO
Born: 19/07/1971
Belovodsk, Kirghiz SSR (now Kyrgyzstan)
Current titles: WBC heavyweight champion
Jeff's verdict: It is now time Vitali gets the recognition he deserves

No 7 ANDRE WARD
Born: 23/02/1984
Oakland, California, USA
Current titles: WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight champion
Jeff's verdict: Super-slick operator moves up a place after his win over Froch.

No 8 BERNARD HOPKINS
Born: 15/01/1965
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Current titles: WBC and The Ring light heavyweight champion.
Jeff's verdict: The 4Os phenomenon.

No 9 CARL FROCH
Born: 02/07/1977
Nottingham, England
Current titles: None
Jeff's verdict: Fantastic run against world-class opponents but unable to solve the riddle that is Ward. He still proves himself the second best super-middleweight in
the world by reaching the Super Six Final through a remarkable series of
big fights and clings on to a place in the world top 10.

No 10 JORGE ARCE
Born: 27/07/79
Los Mochis, Mexico
Current titles: WBO bantamweight champion
Jeff's verdict: Makes an entry into the top ten thanks to the comeback of the year, in which he won his fourth world title.

BRITISH POUND-FOR-POUND TOP 10

No 1 CARL FROCH
Born: 02/07/1977
Nottingham, England
Current titles: None
Jeff's verdict: Froch remains at No 1 despite being
unable to solve the riddle that is Andre Ward and losing his world
titles. He still proves himself the second best super-middleweight in
the world by reaching the Super Six Final through a remarkable series of
big fights.

No 2 AMIR KHAN
Born: 08/12/1986
Bolton, England
Current titles: None
Jeff's verdict: Mugged in Washington and will want revenge against Peterson next March.

No 3 NATHAN CLEVERLY
Born: 17/02/1987
Caerphilly, Wales
Current titles: WBO light heavyweight world champion
Jeff's verdict: Thinking man's world champion.

No 4 RICKY BURNS
Born: 13/04/1983
Bellshill, Scotland
Current titles: WBO world super featherweight
Jeff's verdict: Scotland's finest and exceptional in points win over Katsidis.

No 5 KEVIN MITCHELL
Born: 29/10/1984
Romford, England
Current titles: WBO intercontinental lightweight champion
Jeff's verdict: A focused, dedicated Mitchell is world class.

No 6 KELL BROOK
Born: 03/05/1986
Sheffield, England
Current titles: British welterweight title and the WBO Inter-continental title
Jeff's verdict: Rising as fast as Haye punches.

No 7 DARREN BARKER
Born: 19/05/1982
Barnet, England
Current titles: British and European middleweight champion
Jeff's verdict: Class boxer who almost made Martinez think twice.

No 8 GEORGE GROVES
Born: 26/03/1988
Hammersmith, England
Current titles: Commonwealth and British Super Middleweight
Jeff's verdict: On the up, great win over Smith at Wembley.

No 9 MATTHEW MACKLIN*
Born: 14/05/1982
Birmingham, England
Current titles: None
Jeff's verdict: Just fell short against Felix Sturm in what may be his best world title chance.

No 10 TYSON FURY
Born: 01/06/1988
Manchester, England
Current titles: British and Commonwealth heavyweight

Jeff's verdict: Showed great character to climb off the canvas and stop Neven Pajkic.

*Macklin fights under the Irish flag but was born in Birmingham.

THE OCTAGON

One of the shortest yet one of the most dramatic careers in the Octagon has ended in retirement at the age of 34.

They say that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas and for Brock Lesnar the end of the road came on that famous Strip this New Year’s eve.

The 18-stone giant who was born to play the villain was stopped in the first round of his second comeback from life threatening illness by Alistair Overeem, the sensational heavyweight product of the Dutch school of mixed martial arts.

Overeem, on his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut after success in Strike Force, floored Lesnar with a kick to the body and finished him with an unanswered flurry of punches.

Punishing: Brock Lesnar (right) was beaten on his return by Alistair Overeem

One to watch: Alistair Overeem

Punishing: Brock Lesnar (above left, right) was beaten by Alistair Overeem

Lesnar, following stomach surgery after being stricken for a second time by a potentially fatal infection of the colon, honoured his promise to his family to quit if he lost.

The former US national college wrestling champion loved playing the bad guy as a star WWE performer and carried that provocative persona into the UFC.

He won the world heavyweight championship in only his fourth UFC fight and his malevolent image made him loved and hated by the fans in equal measure.

But sympathy grew for Lesnar as his illness restricted him to only four further fights, culminating in his emotional farewell on the last night of 2011.

As Lesnar bows out, Overeem’s rapid rise is taking him towards a mouth-watering world heavyweight title fight against new champion Junior Dos Santos.

As one year ends, a new era begins.

Amir Khan wants to be best boxer in world after Lamont Peterson

First Peterson, then the world! Khan sets sights on toppling Mayweather

Amir Khan will defend his light-welterweight world titles against Lamont Peterson in Washington with one eye already on Floyd Mayweather”s pound-for-pound crown.

The Bolton fighter hopes to successfully defend his WBA and IBF belts against Peterson before leaving the 10-stone ranks as the division”s recognised No 1.

From there, 25-year-old Khan plans to move up to the 10st 7lbs welterweight division where potential riches and recognition await.

Head to head: Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson weigh in ahead of fight night

Head to head: Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson weigh in ahead of fight night

Top of his list is a showdown with pound-for-pound kingpin Mayweather, but other high-profile names on his radar include Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto.

“I”ll probably move up to welterweight in my next fight because there”s nobody out there I can face at light-welter,” Khan said.

“There are big names in the welterweight division and I can work my way towards those big super-fights against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and also Shane Mosley, who is in that division and I could probably face.

“There are some real super-fights for me in that division that people will want to see.”

Khan (26-1, 18KO wins) claims the ball is already rolling as he and his team work towards a contest with undefeated veteran Mayweather.

Fast as lightening: Khan works out with his trainer Freddie Roach

Fast as lightening: Khan works out with his trainer Freddie Roach

“We”ve offered the fight to Mayweather”s team and they are interested in the fight. I think that fight could happen in the next six to nine months, maybe even sooner.

“It depends how we come through this fight against Peterson.

“When I fight Mayweather I”m not going to be fighting for a big payday because I can make that fighting anybody, really. I want to fight Mayweather because I want to beat him.

“I want to be the first to beat him and I think I”ve got the style to do that.

“I want to fight him to take away that pound-for-pound world title from him and be known as the best fighter in the world. I think when the time is right, within the next six to nine months, we”ll jump on that and take the fight against him.”

Up for the challenge: Lamont Peterson

Up for the challenge: Lamont Peterson

Such talk will be music to Peterson”s ears as the 27-year-old looks to shake off his underdog tag and punish Khan for arguably over-looking him.

Khan”s speed is cited as his biggest asset and likeliest route to victory, but all-rounder Peterson is unconcerned.

“If I want to match his hand speed then I will,” said the American (29-1-1, 15KO wins).

“IfI don”t, then there are other ways around it. If the fastest man alwayswins the fight then Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and fighters like that would have never lost. Roberto Duran wasn”t the fastest guy but he beat Leonard. That”s boxing.

“Speed is just one attribute. It means nothing to me.”

He added: “I”ll do whatever I have to do to win. That”s the thing about me.

“You”ve seen me box and you”ve seen me bang. When I get in there I”ll get a feel for it.”