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Shooting linked to Mayweather associate

  |   Aug. 25, 2009 at 2:24 PM
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- An uninjured man claiming to be a target in a shooting in Las Vegas alleges boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. threatened him shortly beforehand.

Las Vegas police confirm Quincey Williams, 24, was an apparent target in the Sunday night shooting, but also say Mayweather, 32, is not a suspect and is cooperating with police, the Las Vegas Journal-Review says.

Witnesses said shots were fired after 10 p.m. Sunday at a skating center north of Flamingo Road, police said. Las Vegas police said Mayweather's Rolls-Royce was seen nearby, and another vehicle in the parking lot was hit several times, the Journal-Review reported. Williams says it was his car that was hit.

Police said they are looking for a "known associate" of Mayweather Promotions -- and who might use the nickname "O.C." -- as a suspect, the newspaper reported.

Williams said he saw Mayweather at the skating center Sunday night, and the boxer confronted him over a 2-month-old text message in which Williams said he told the boxer he hoped he would lose an upcoming fight, the newspaper reported.

Williams alleged Mayweather told him, more or less, "he's got enough money to get me hit," which he interpreted as a threat on his life, the Journal-Review said.

Mayweather, an undefeated fighter who has won six world titles in five weight divisions, is to fight Juan Manuel Marquez Sept. 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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