Mandela Awaits Pacquiao-Mosley Fight

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LOS ANGELES - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has fully recovered from a recent health scare and will closely monitor Manny Pacquiao's next world title defense, his daughter said last week.

Mandela, a keen boxer in his youth, is a good friend of boxing great Muhammad Ali and has always kept an eagle eye on contemporary fighters, according to his daughter, Zindzi Mandela.

"My father is still very much aware of who the fighters are," Zindzi told Reuters after Filipino Pacquiao and American Shane Mosley held a news conference at a hotel in Beverly Hills to discuss their May 7 WBO welterweight bout. "I was just telling both Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao ... my father sits up to watch a fight (on television) and he still loves the sport with a passion."