This Saturday will be a huge day for sports and I’m already chomping at the bit for the days to pass by. The NBA playoffs may still be in progress (Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs), the second round of the NHL playoffs will be underway, and the annual Kentucky Derby will be run. However, all of that is being overshadowed by what many are rightfully calling the “fight of the century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Even the most casual sports fan knows the magnitude of this fight. After all, Mayweather and Pacquiao were once, and may still be, the top two boxers in the world. To see them square off one another is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Manny will be trying to put a blemish on Floyd’s undefeated career. While Mayweather’s boxing life may be unscathed, his personal life is atrocious.
Mayweather is the richest athlete on the planet. He’s not afraid to show off his wealth and for that reason, a lot of people who are unaware of his past look up to him as a role model. Well, it’s time to set the record straight. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a horrible person who deserves no one’s support this weekend.
In 2002, Mayweather was charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanor battery. In 2004, he was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor battery against two women. In 2010, he was accused of domestic battery on his girlfriend, which was so severe that he was forced to serve a 90-day jail sentence.
Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance. Floyd has had his chances and he’s proven time after time that he is incapable of learning from his errors. His failure to keep his fighting nature only inside the ring has never resulted in a suspension from boxing, even though the NFL has severely punished Ray Rice and Greg Hardy for the same thing, despite it being a first-time offense for the both of them. Floyd thus believes that he is perfect and untouchable and that’s not right. Everyone needs to own up to their mistakes and show that they can change for the better.
The bottom line is that while Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a great boxer, he is a terrible person. He has my respect as a boxer but does not have and never will have my respect as a human being. If he wins on Saturday night, Floyd will think he’s the best ever. As long as he fails to see the bigger picture, that will never be the case.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Matt Weingarten