Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton's boxing fight is definitely the most waited fight of the year and will surely leave another big mark in the history of boxing.

Manny Pacquiao has revealed that he is "ready and willing" to fight Ricky Hatton once he has got Oscar De La Hoya out of the way. The Filipino fighter faces De La Hoya in Las Vegas on 6 December in a tantalising clash between two of the sport's biggest box-office draws.

Ricky Hatton, 30, breathed new life into his career with Saturday's stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi and is likely to fight either De La Hoya or Pacquiao at Wembley next summer.

Four-weight world champion Pacquiao, 29, who will fight De La Hoya at welterweight (147lb) before dropping down to Hatton's light-welterweight (140lb) division, is eager to take on Hatton and said: "I watched the [Hatton-Malignaggi] fight, it was a good fight. I'm ready to fight him. I'm willing to fight Hatton but right now I'm just focused on this coming fight." Hatton wants to meet the winner of the Las Vegas fight but while a meeting with De La Hoya would come in the 147lb division at which he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jnr last year, the Pacquiao clash would be at his preferred light-welterweight.

Joe Calzaghe yesterday said he may continue fighting as he collected his CBE at Buckingham Palace.

The undefeated two-weight world champion admitted he was still considering retirement following his victory against Roy Jones Jr but added: "If somebody comes to the table with really big money I'd be stupid to turn it down.


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