BOXING: Tyson Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy has confirmed talks have started for a prospective heavyweight clash with unbeaten American Deontay Wilder following David Haye's withdrawal this week.
But Fury apparently needs to be given time to get over the disappointment of a second big fight cancellation. Fury took to Twitter on yesterday to vent his spleen at the sport, even declaring: "Hi every1 I have officially retired from boxing" – a scenario immediately discounted by his team.
But he is clearly enraged by Haye's announcement that he faces retirement following shoulder surgery this week – just two months after their first fight was postponed when Haye sustained a cut. Hennessy said: "Tyson needs time to get used to the situation because all these things – broken toes, cut eyes, shoulder injuries – are like a foreign language to him."
STORM SPURS MANNY
BOXING: Manny Pacquiao will be fighting for his country and his career on Sunday when he takes on American Brandon Rios in the first major international fight card to be held in the gambling capital of Macau.
The bout is taking place in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which smashed into Pacquiao's native Philippines on November 8, killing more than 4,000 people and leaving another 4million homeless.
Eight times weight world champion Pacquiao said that the tragedy is inspiring him to succeed.
"I am more motivated for this fight, to win this fight because of what happened in the Philippines," he said.
"My countrymen, I want to make them happy. To bring honour to my country."
FELIPE BIDS FAREWELL
FORMULA 1: Felipe Massa will bid an emotional farewell to Ferrari this weekend, insisting he leaves a happy man, rather than a frustrated one.
After eight seasons as a race driver and 138 grands prix for Ferrari, Massa will pull on the red Prancing Horse overalls one final time on Sunday, fittingly in front of his own fans in Brazil.
A new chapter in Massa's career now beckons as it was announced last week the 32-year-old would be joining Williams, effectively as number one driver given his greater experience than Valtteri Bottas, having driven with Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
"I've had some great times, some difficult times as well. I've learned a lot from everything I've done at Ferrari. What I can say is I'm a very happy man," he said.