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Floyd Mayweather Jr.: 'For the right price, I may come back'

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NEW YORK -- There's a code to decipher when Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks.

Though his words may be heartfelt at that instant, his position is subject to change based on any event in the boxing world or even the break of a new day.

It's been more than eight months since Mayweather, 38, announced he would retire with a 49-0 record after a 2015 ...Read more

Thurman beats Porter on points, retains WBA welterweight crown

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NEW YORK -- Keith Thurman can throw a heavy right hand, but what's made him an unbeaten world champion is instinct.

So when he encountered a rabid Shawn Porter pursuing him heavily, pressing him to the ropes, throwing damaging punches to the body and head, Thurman reacted with calculation.

And by employing sufficient defense, positioning ...Read more

Boxing program helps Parkinson's patients roll with the punches

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Four boxers kick, stretch and punch their way across the exercise room, eyes intent. Each jabs and steps. Each moves confidently. Each has Parkinson's disease.

"No slacking," yells Sarrisa Curry, moving across the room to check posture and adjust positions. "And please don't fall."

Curry began offering the Rock Steady Boxing program, which has...Read more

Muhammad Ali and ex-Chiefs coach Hank Stram had a unique bond

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Shortly after returning from Zaire and his "Rumble in the Jungle" knockout of George Foreman in 1974, Muhammad Ali flew to Kansas City for an exhibition at Kemper Arena.

Ali, who died June 3, always knew how to seize a scene, and this was no exception.

And not just because he called out the "one-horse town" for failing to fill "this little ...Read more

Jury finds Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has to pay former promoter $8.5 million

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A Miami jury Monday returned a verdict requiring Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to pay $8.5 million to a former promoter he was aligned with before joining Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions in 2009.

A spokesman for Golden Boy said afterward that Alvarez will immediately appeal the verdict, which supported the contention by Miami-based Felix "Tuto...Read more

That time Muhammad Ali recited an impromptu poem at a Maryland basketball event

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Muhammad Ali fought twice in Maryland toward the end of his legendary career, both times as the defending heavyweight champion at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.

Before the first bout, against Jimmy Young in April of 1976, Ali and his entourage shared a hotel with the Maryland basketball team and its annual post-season banquet.

Russ Potts,...Read more

Kings assistant coach Nancy Lieberman mourns Muhammad Ali's death

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nancy Lieberman was like a lot of other people Friday night. She didn't sleep much. The Kings assistant coach and basketball Hall of Famer was grieving the loss of her decades-long friend Muhammad Ali, who died of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Lieberman had been anticipating the worst. When she learned of Ali's ...Read more

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder wants Muhammad Ali's legacy 'to live on through me'

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Deontay Wilder won the World Boxing Council heavyweight belt on Muhammad Ali's 73rd birthday last year, so the magnitude of the three-time champion's death Friday night was not lost on the unbeaten Alabama fighter.

"It's definitely a sad day for boxing and all the fans throughout the world," Wilder said Saturday. "Ali, as a fighter and a man ...Read more

Boxing world, and the world at large, react to Muhammad Ali's passing

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The enormity of Muhammad Ali's death reverberated Saturday in the significance felt by the millions he touched, especially those in the fight game.

Manny Pacquiao said his decision to pursue a life in public service as a senator in the Philippines after winning a record eight division belts was influenced by Ali's embrace of mankind.

Unbeaten ...Read more

Underestimating Muhammad Ali was the mistake of a lifetime, George Foreman says

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In one prominent photo that George Foreman keeps in his office at home in Texas shows him knocked to the canvas by Muhammad Ali in their famed "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in Zaire in 1974.

The photo, Foreman says, is a testament to overconfidence, the danger of not remaining humble and, finally, to the greatness of Foreman's delayed but strong...Read more

Ali's 'Thrilla in Manila' stands the test of time

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The bright morning sun typically symbolizes the birth of a new day, the start of something potentially magnificent.

In October 1975, after Muhammad Ali closed his historic trilogy with Joe Frazier in a superior battle that some rank as boxing's ultimate prizefight, co-promoter Bob Arum recalls exiting the Araneta Coliseum to burning heat.

"...Read more

Muhammad Ali's exile years in Chicago: 'Learning about life'

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During his years exiled from the boxing ring, dethroned heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali found refuge on the South Side of Chicago.

Stripped of his boxing title after refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Ali immersed himself in Islam, his newfound religion. And as the country that once hailed him as "The Greatest" cast him aside, the South ...Read more

Ali biographer says of late champ: 'Unbelievable force of love'

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Muhammad Ali the brash, larger-than-life prizefighter from Louisville turned civil rights icon, was a study in contrasts, as flawed as he was fascinating, though the Chicago author who has spent the last three years researching Ali's unauthorized biography believes that duality may have helped forge him as symbol.

Ali, who died late Friday at ...Read more

Ali helped make Sharks coach Pete DeBoer's prom night unforgettable

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sharks coach Pete DeBoer was 17 years old and just graduating high school when by an unusual set of circumstances, he got a chance to meet Muhammad Ali and receive a gift from the former heavyweight champion that he keeps to this day.

DeBoer was at his prom, in a tuxedo, and hanging around the lobby of the Royal Connaught ...Read more

Remembering Muhammad Ali's trip to help heal Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- October 1994 was one of Lexington's darkest chapters.

An 18-year-old unarmed black man named Tony Sullivan was killed by a white Lexington police officer. The officer, Sgt. Phil Vogel, said his gun fired by accident. He was not indicted or criminally charged, and Sullivan's death sparked public protest and raised tensions ...Read more

Chance meeting with Muhammad Ali changed Connecticut boxer's life

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June of 1990, Muhammad Ali was retreating to a Hartford, Conn., restaurant after making an appearance at a local mall.

John Scully was a professional boxer with 20 bouts on his resume, but he couldn't pass up an opportunity to meet his idol. The kid from Windsor, Conn., slipped into the restaurant unannounced and walked into the room where Ali ...Read more

Ali's visit to the Ravens left the eventual Super Bowl champions in awe

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Because it was the day before the Ravens' 2012 season opener, this particular practice was closed to reporters. However, it wasn't long before everyone knew about the distinguished guest who was at the Ravens' facility.

One-by-one, Ravens' players took to social media and wrote about meeting the great Muhammad Ali, the legendary heavyweight ...Read more

Marlins Park announces death of Muhammad Ali before official notice given

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Did the Marlins scoop the world on Friday in announcing the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali before anyone else?

Or was their postgame tribute to Ali premature?

"It was not an error," Marlins president David Samson said. "We were informed by someone close to the family that he had passed away. We wanted to get a tribute out as soon as we ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao will assess Senate workload before mulling return to ring

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Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, said he's had "a number of conversations" with the record eight-division world champion and newly elected Philippines senator about his fighting future, and the road map for now is to measure the demands of public service.

Pacquiao, 37, announced his retirement from boxing April 9 after defeating former two-...Read more

Conor McGregor's interest in fighting Floyd Mayweather is mutual, says Showtime executive

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It might forever remain a mythical showdown reserved only for video gamers, but Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor says he believes when it comes to drawing power, he's on equal footing with retired unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. if they were to ever step back into a boxing ring.

"I hear the boy talking. It was him that ...Read more