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Retired Mayweather tags HBO announcers with racial-bias claims

Updated: July 5, 2008, 2:34 PM ET
Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Recently retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. accused HBO's announcers of bias against him and other black fighters.

Mayweather, a 31-year-old former Olympic bronze medalist from Grand Rapids, told The Grand Rapids Press in an interview Friday that the network "is great," but criticized its boxing announcers.

"They talk about Kelly Pavlik, a white fighter, like he's the second coming. Or they go crazy over Manny Pacquiao. But I'm a black fighter," Mayweather said. ...

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