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Pacquiao set for Floyd fight

BOXING: The dream bout for fight fans – Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao – could happen in 2014.

According to YouTube boxing channel 78Sports TV: "Great news in the world of boxing. He (a source) is telling me that Floyd and Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in 2014 guaranteed and it's already done."

The fight would take place in September, according to 78Sports. Mayweather and Pacquiao would both fight in the Spring in the build up to the big bout, with the American expected to face Britain's Amir Khan. Mayweather is midway through a six-fight deal with Showtime and his recent victory over Canelo Alvarez was the highest grossing fight ever.

The source is reportedly the same person who revealed information about Mayweather's Guerrero and Alvarez fights before the bouts were officially unveiled.


Wru will offer new proposal

RUGBY: Welsh rugby chiefs are to present the country's four regional teams with a new agreement regarding the professional game in Wales.

The regions – Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys, Scarlets and Cardiff Blues – want the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to back its commitment towards the Rugby Champions Cup next season, a breakaway European competition initially forged by top English and French clubs.

The WRU has been given a January 31 deadline to provide that support, or the regions have said they will "pursue further competition options".

The RCC is an alternative European competition run by Six Nations bosses to the European Rugby Cup-run Heineken Cup and the regions have so far not agreed to continue a Participation Agreement with the WRU, the deadline for which passed two days ago.


Ivanovic to face Williams in final

TENNIS: Serbia's Ana Ivanovic overcame a second set resistance to beat Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-0 7-6 and set up an Auckland Classic final against former world number one Venus Williams.

Williams was given a walkover to the final after fifth seed Jamie Hampton was forced to withdraw with a right hip injury.

In the Brisbane International men's quarter-finals, Roger Federer cruised into the last four with a 6-1 6-1 win over Australian Marinko Matosevic. In the first of the women's semi-finals, Victoria Azarenka defeated Serb Jelena Jankovic 1-6 6-3 6-4.