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Several political figures have pressed for a full posthumous pardon for Jackson, including Sens.

Trump, spurred by a phone call from Sylvester Stallone, tweeted Saturday that he's thinking about posthumously pardoning the trailblazing fighter.

This week, movie star #Sylvester Stallone, who is best known for playing the lead role in the "Rocky" series of boxing films, called up US President Donald Trump and asked him to consider pardoning Johnson for his crimes. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday. He was convicted in 1913 via a purported violation of the Mann Act after he crossed state lines with his white girlfriend.

The boxer was convicted in 1913 for transporting a woman across state lines for an "immoral objective". John McCain - petitioned President Barack Obama to give Johnson a pardon on the 70th anniversary of the boxer's death. Johnson first became the heavyweight champion in 1908 when he beat Tommy Burns in a fight in Sydney, Australia. After serving out his year-long sentence, he boxed for a couple years, but a vehicle accident ended his life in 1946. However, he skipped bail with one of the women involved, Lucie Cameron, and traveled to Montreal, Mexico, Europe and South America for years, the Post added. Most recently, he pardoned "Scooter" Libby, the adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice in a Central Intelligence Agency leak case.

His fight with James Jeffries in 1910 is widely regarded as the "Fight of the Century". Years later, he agreed to come back to serve a 10-month sentence. He died in 1946 in an auto crash.

Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12. Boxing businesspeople and reporters were hoping to find the "Great White Hope" to defeat the black boxer.

"Jack Johnson is a boxing and pioneer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago,"McCain said previous year".

"We urge you to grant this posthumous pardon". President Donald Trump said he would consider a "full pardon" for the first black heavyweight boxing champion.

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