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Ex-champ eyes big payday to ease woes

FLOYD Mayweather Jr. has said rumblings about his financial troubles are nothing more than rumors, but public records show the unbeaten boxer nicknamed "Money" owes about US$6.4 million to the tax man and others.

The Inland Revenue Service hit the former world champion with a lien in October for US$6.17 million in unpaid taxes from 2007. A New Jersey Superior Court judgment from the same year shows he owes US$193,000 in state taxes there.

Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's manager, disputed the documents and said he believed they were inaccurate.

"Floyd Mayweather does not have a problem with the IRS," Ellerbe said. "He doesn't owe the IRS US$6.1 million ... I don't (care) what a lien says."

Mayweather, who is returning to the ring after retiring a year ago, has said his scheduled September fight against Juan Manuel Marquez isn't all about a big payday, but a lucrative purse couldn't hurt in his ongoing battle to keep up on his bills.

County records in Las Vegas show the former five-division champ has unresolved debts worth US$9,400 to three homeowners associations.


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