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MICHAEL JACKSON AND THE FIGHTER CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE
Published December 16, 1997
Time Warner Sports President SETH ABRAHAM, who feels that boxing promoters must "appeal to the younger set to compete with the NBA and the extreme sports," said that HBO will promote PRINCE NASEEM HAMED "a little differently than most fighters." HBO has "hired a photographer who had never worked with athletes" to shoot Hamed, and Abraham called the final product "larger than life, more MTVish." Abraham, on Hamed: "He's got sass. He's got attitude. He's got mouth. He's not a shrinking violet. Even in his heyday, MUHAMMAD ALI was never this outrageous" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/14). WACKO OVER JACKO: MICHAEL JACKSON "dropped in" on Hamed yesterday "to admire a possible future dance partner." Jackson: "We've been talking about doing a video together." Jackson said Hamed moves "better than any boxer he's seen since" Ali (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/16)....As of yesterday, more than 6,000 tickets had been sold for MSG's Friday night Hamed-Kevin Kelley championship bout. MSG has set up a 200- foot runway for Hamed's "elaborate ring entrance," which has taken up to 20 minutes in London. HBO "is hoping to trim Hamed's entrance to 10 minutes" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/16).