Floyd Mayweather interested in buying Clippers

Kevork Djansezian

NBA owners are expected to force Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his team, and boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. could have the power to buy the franchise.

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he and his investment group are interested in the buying the Los Angeles Clippers from embattled owner Donald Sterling, reports USA Today's Bob Velin.

The comments from the world's top-ranked boxer comes a day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that league owners would vote to remove Sterling as the team's owner -- to do so the NBA needs three-fourths majority vote from owners -- following the scandal over a racially-charged recording that was revealed to be of Sterling's voice.

Mayweather said that his group is "very, very interested" in purchasing the Los Angeles team and have the money to do so. A Los Angeles resident and frequent fan at Clippers and Lakers games, Mayweather added that he wouldn't relocate the team to Las Vegas and that he'd want to own a share of more than three or four percent.

But Mayweather won't be the only star athlete that could try to buy the Clippers.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that "several" potential ownership groups have stepped forward and that a bidding war is projected to make any final sale exceed $1 billion. Among those groups interested in purchasing the franchise is one led by former Lakers guard Magic Johnson.

Of course, it's hard to project a timetable for league owners to vote against Sterling. And even if that passes as expected, it's quite possible a legal battle could ensue if Sterling doesn't want to sell the team. Sterling told Fox News' Jim Gray that he would not sell before Silver announced his punishments.

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