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Two-year layoff refreshes returning Mayweather

Updated: September 4, 2009, 4:22 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Layoff doesn't worry Mayweather By Dan Rafael

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From the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned pro in 1996 until his last fight in 2007, he was never out of the ring for more than eight months.

While the regular activity kept Mayweather sharp -- he won titles in five weight divisions from 130 pounds to 154 pounds and was long considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world -- it also burned him out some. In addition, there were nagging hand and shoulder injuries ...

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