Muhammad Ali, the subject of a new poem in Poetry by Declan Ryan, poses a portrait in his robe in 1964. Photograph: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

In their beginnings the generation of poets that included Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Richard Murphy and the slightly younger Seamus Heaney and(...)

Mayweather versus Pacquiao was unavoidable be it outside Operation Princess HQ or with Chris Eubank on Clare Balding’s couch. Photograph: Esther Lin/EPA

There really was no escaping The Fight of the Century™ all week, no matter how hard you tried, and even if you settled down in front of your telly to (...)

Filipino graphic artist and barista Zach Yonzon, draws the faces of  Manny Pacquiao and  Floyd Mayweather  on two  lattes in a coffee shop in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Floyd Mayweather senses he landed a telling psychological blow on Manny Pacquiao during a decisive moment on their path to finally agreeing next Satur(...)

Kieran Wallace of KPMG: surely Wallace wasn’t having a blue with Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton, the Quinn Insurance administrator and the only accountant in the country who could rival Wallace for high profile insolvency appointments? Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It could have been as big as Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman, a proper rumble in the Irish accounting jungle. Alas, the fight of the year is off, a(...)

Muhammad Ali’s daughter says that he prefers Manny Pacquiao to  Floyd Mayweather Jr. Photo: Robyn beck/AFP

Muhammad Ali’s daughter says that the former heavyweight champion is rooting for Manny Pacquiao in the forthcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather. Ras(...)

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will fight Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand on May 2. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Apart from the result, two things will be remembered most about the first and possibly last fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao -confirm(...)

Boxing great Muhammad Ali pictured in 2006. Ali has been released from hospital ahead of his 73rd birthday. Photograph: Reuters

Muhammad Ali has been released from a US hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection.It was the boxing great’s seco(...)

Muhammad Ali and his best friend Howard Bingham: we will always have the champion’s canon of remarkable stories Photograph: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Shortly after 2pm on Monday, January 19th, 1981, a 21-year-old African-American named Joe climbed the fire escape of a building on Wilshire Boulevard (...)

Boxing great Muhammad Ali’s condition has ‘vastly improved’ after he was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. Photograph: Reuters

Muhammad Ali’s condition has “vastly improved” since being admitted to hospital on Saturday with a mild case of pneumonia and his doctors are hopeful(...)

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalised with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early. Photograph: PA Wire

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalised with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on (...)