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Kobe Bryant facing fight to keep black mamba nickname

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Kobe Bryant has been known as the Black Mamba for much of his NBA career, stamping the name all over his products, but now it looks like that could all be about to change.

As reported by TMZ Sports, the Lakers man has seen his well-known nickname come under threat from none other than the uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

The relative of the boxing superstar, himself a trainer in the sport, is looking to trademark the moniker for his sole use.

According to reports Roger Mayweather is in the final stages of acquiring the trademarking 'black mamba' to use to brand his growing boxing empire.

Roger, who previously coached his nephew earlier in his career, claims that he has used the name ever since he started fighting several decades ago and should he win the trademark case it could have a big impact on brand Kobe.

For years Kobe Bryant has included the nickname on a range of his products, including shoes and clothing apparel - most recently using the black mamba logo in a Foot Locker ad

But it appears that despite being closely associated with the title, the NBA star and his representatives have never previously sought rights to 'black mamba' specifically, leaving it vulnerable to others.

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