Greater Manchester became even greater this week after Muhammed Ali, the one and only boxer in the forefront of most sports fans' minds, visited the north-west to meet another English hero.
Ricky Hatton welcomed Ali to Hyde, where the superstar British boxer trains between bouts, with the former heavyweight champion of the world putting his Parkinson's disease to one side by getting out of his wheelchair to meet his fellow pugilist.
Hatton looked truly humbled as the legend approached him, with the Mancunian telling the Daily Mirror about Ali's attitude to the appearance, which drew crowds from miles away.
He said to the newspaper: "I think he was going to come in a wheelchair initially. Then he said: 'I can't have Ricky Hatton meeting me in a wheelchair. I've got to walk in'.
"That's a boxer through and through. That's a boxer's mentality and that's a champion's mentality."
Ricky Hatton has taken a break from boxing following his defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino boxer who was described as the best pound-for-pound fighter by Ring Magazine prior to the match-up.
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