Notebook: ESPN to present fights Ryder Cup-style
Taking over Manfredo's training will be none other than Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard, who has watched Manfredo closely of late because of their involvement with "The Contender."
"I'm not a trainer, but my skill is in tactics and strategy," Leonard said in a statement.
Justin Fortune, Roach's assistant, is expected to remain a major part of Manfredo's corner.
Calzaghe was not too interested in the game of trainer musical chairs.
"I don't care who he has in his corner, he isn't going to beat me. It's as simple as that," Calzaghe said.
Perhaps Shaw was just a little excited by the moment. For the time being, the light heavyweight division is where Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs) wants to make noise.
The skillful titlist from New Haven, Conn., easily outpointed Adamek -- save for the rough knockdown he suffered in the 10th round -- and then turned his attention the rest of the big names in his division.
Dawson said he wanted fights with any of the following: Antonio Tarver, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins or Clinton Woods.
"I'm not standing on ceremony," Dawson said. "I love to travel and my calendar is clear. Name the day and the place and if the money is there, then my belt and I will be, too. I have a trainer [Floyd Mayweather Sr.] with a lot of poetry to recite about me and I'm not about to waste one verse."
Witter wants the fight because Hatton is the division money man. If you fight him, you make your best payday because Hatton is immensely popular in Great Britain and has a lucrative HBO contract. However, he is committed to fighting Jose Luis Castillo in June in a fight many are eagerly awaiting.
But that hasn't stopped Witter from continuing his campaign to lure Hatton into the ring.
"I think Hatton needs to grow some [expletive], forget all the politics and just give everyone the fight they want," Witter said. "Him and his team say I bring nothing to the table. They say US TV doesn't want to show me. We all know that's [expletive]."
Witter is a little misguided. Few outside of England are interested in the fight and, no, HBO is not interested in buying the match.
"If they go for Castillo first, what's the point? He is a blown up lightweight who hasn't properly established himself at [140 pounds]," Witter continued. "He only got by Herman Ngoudjo on a split [decision]."