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Halle Berry laughs at her man troubles, flirts with Muhammad Ali

March 22, 2011 |  1:25 pm

Halle Berry at the Muhammad Ali Fight Night banquet

Halle Berry hasn't lost her sense of humor throughout her various trials with men -- like an ugly split from Eric Benet in 2005, and an uglier custody battle with recent ex Gabriel Aubrey over daughter Nahla. 

As an honoree at this year's Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night XVII in Phoenix, Berry cracked some jokes about her choices when it comes to love.

"If I would've just married Muhammad, I wouldn't have had any of these man problems I've had," she told a crowd including Billy Crystal, Bret Michaels, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, winking at the legendary Ali as she clutched her prize and adding, "Stupid girl." 

Berry did wax philosophical about "the champ," saying he helped a fatherless young girl of color such as herself gain pride in her identity.

"Muhammad was someone that I always looked to and held as an image and a model of a man that I hoped one day to find. And I'm still looking for that guy," she said.

We're not sure where that puts Olivier Martinez, her current beau and "Dark Tide" costar. The two seem pretty secure (though Martinez wasn't present), but here's to Berry finding her own special Thrilla in Manila.

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-- Matt Donnelly
Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: Halle Berry accepts an honor from Muhammad Ali in Phoenix on Monday. Credit: Charley Gallay / Getty Images 

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