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Briggs-Mercer winner could return to contention

Past-their-primes sluggers Shannon Briggs, 33, and Ray Mercer, 44, fight Friday. The heavyweight division is so slight, the winner could be in a title fight soon.

Originally Published: August 25, 2005
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

The old New York Lotto slogan is "All you need is a dollar and a dream."

In today's morass of a heavyweight division, the slogan might as well be "All you need is one solid victory and a dream."

Enter Shannon Briggs and Ray Mercer. They're two of the few heavyweights with name recognition -- even if neither has been particularly relevant since the 1990s.

But in this down era of heavyweights, all it could take to launch either of them into a significant fight is one notable ...

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