Who was Jack Johnson, the boxer who may be pardoned by Trump?

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President Donald Trump is considering a pardon for the first black heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, after speaking with Sylvester Stallone.

Trump announced Saturday on Twitter that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of his, had called to bring Johnson's story to his attention. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump tweeted Saturday.

Could Jack Johnson receive a presidential pardon more than 70 years after his death?

Johnson had a series of white girlfriends - one of whom he married - but in 1913 an all-white jury convicted Johnson of violating the Mann Act: Crossing state lines with a woman for an "immoral goal".

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He was convicted under the Mann Act, a law that was meant to prevent human trafficking and protect women against prostitution, but its critics say the law was used in racially motivated prosecutions of African-Americans and to punish political dissidents. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) The US boxer Jack Johnson, (1878 - 1946), training. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921. Since 2004, Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona has backed a Johnson pardon, and legendary boxer Mike Tyson opened a Change.org petition asking Obama that Johnson should receive a posthumous pardon.

The jury convicted Johnson in less than two hours. But his biggest prize came on December 26, 1908, when he defeated Tommy Burns for the World Heavyweight Championship near Sydney, Australia.

Nicknamed "the Galveston Giant", Johnson was the son of former slaves and the third of nine children.

Johnson returned to the U.S.in 1920 to serve his sentence and was released almost one year later.

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"He had money, and even with his money, he couldn't stop it", Haywood said.

"Despite this resolution passing both chambers of Congress several times in recent years, no pardon has been issued to date", McCain said in a statement at the time.

Haywood has pressed to have Johnson pardoned since President George W. Bush was in office, a decade ago.

Campaigns for posthumous pardons have been in motion since the turn of the century, but have not found much success. Harry Reid, the former Democratic Senate leader from Nevada who was a boxer in his youth, is also a supporter.

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If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead.

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