Ricky Hatton, the boxer, will be presented with a Manchester: Making it Happen Award on Friday when he attends the Town Hall for a press conference.
Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton will be in Manchester with his next opponent Floyd Mayweather Junior ahead of their fight in Las Vegas on December 8.The welterweight battle is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Casino.
Ricky, 28, has fought 43 fights and won them all. Hatton is a two-time International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organisation Light Welterweight Champion, having relinquished the IBF belt, only to step back down to the weight class and beat Juan Urango.
The Lord Mayor will present Ricky with the award for his services to Boxing and for being an ambassador for the region. Hatton received an MBE for his services to sport in the New Year's honour list this year.
The undefeated boxing champion grew up on the Hattersley council estate in Manchester and is a big fan of Manchester City Football Club where both his father and his grandfather played. His entrance music is Blue Moon.
The Lord Mayor said: "It is an honour to present Ricky with this award and to meet him. He has an unbelievable record in boxing and he has raised the profile of sport and the City of Manchester. He is very popular and I'm sure all his well-wishers will be cheering him on for his next world title."
Cllr Pat Karney, City Centre spokesperson, said: "Ricky Hatton is a great ambassador for Manchester and his tour has taken in Los Angeles, New York, London and ended in his home city. We hope this homecoming is a big boost for the big fight."
Margaret Blackburn, tel 0161 234 4014