If you paid? You are repugnant and vile… but who cares? Right?
Terrance Gavan – Suave Blogger, Idiot Savant & Crap Journalist
Judge Dave Moretti had it 10 rounds to two, or 118-110 for Mayweather. Judges Glenn Feldman and Burt Clements each saw it 116-112, giving Mayweather eight of the 12 rounds. Yahoo Sports had it 115-113 for Mayweather. (Source is YahooSports.com – Quote)
I did not watch the main event and not because I did not have access to it.
I could have watched it. My decision had nothing to do with boxing in general. I have, in my time, watched fights. I have even called it “The Sweet Science” echoing AJ Liebling, in my more sanguine moments. My reticence lies not with the sport itself.
Instead it rests with the major combatant, Floyd Mayweather, who is a fine troubadour in the ring, but a misogynistic batterer, whose close-fisted brutality dates back to 2002.
I find it disgusting that the Las Vegas Boxing Commission ruled unanimously to pronounce this serial wife beater fit for action in the lead up to the fight.
Let us remember that Mayweather earned $180 million for the fight. Let us hope that he ain’t being wooed by advertisers, because I’ll have to boycott Snickers or Nike or Adidas or heaven forfend Wheaties Breakfast of Champions should any of these marketers pursue dear Floyd.
Floyd Mayweather is a misogynist. And not just a misogynist, but a batterer, and a serial batterer at that. This is a statement of fact that you will rarely see or hear from the professional boxing media, many of whom remain hopelessly dependent on the reigning box office king’s goodwill for access. It’s certainly not one you will hear from any of the assembled talking heads on Showtime, the CBS-owned cable network to which Mayweather is contractually wed. And while it may be easy enough to guess why the boxing media has been so willing to cover for Mayweather’s sins, it’s less obvious why so many others are so willing to look the other way. (Deadspin, May, 2015)
None of this is new, and none of it is news. Several ESPN reporters have tried to usher comments from mayweather and his possé, but all have been sidetracked, rebuked, and in some cases threatened (Floyd’s Pa moved physically toward one ESPN reporter on camera in an exclusive interview seen last week) the reporters, whose only sins were overzealousness in pursuit of a comment. Not the truth. But a comment.
Mayweather’s canned replies consisted of a wink and “Watch this fight… ” and not much else. He did reply to one reporter with an offhand, “It’s for God to judge.” No one ever accused Floyd of going to Harvard… but as a convicted batterer, he must at least have an inkling regarding who else has the right to judge.
Boxing is an upturned corpse, resting near a shallow grave. Over the last decade the sport has dwindled in popularity and, before this fight, it had achieved a state of vapid inertia. The Mayweather-Pacquiao bout was about revival of an anachronism, a last kick upon the benighted corpse of a once proud sport.
So if you watched? Consider the bucks you emptied into the coffers of a pretty unhealthy human bean. There is no remorse in this man. If there were? We might find a way to at least pray for his redemption. How much money do you think is going to battered women’s shelters from this unholy payout? That was rhetorical. In case you were actually going to feign a reply.
Just think, for a moment upon this enticing bit of Floyd caught on page by The New Yorker Magazine:
Last week, Floyd Mayweather, promoting his upcoming fight, was asked about the N.F.L.’s banishment of Ray Rice. “I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video.” This was an absurdly dismissive response and also, undeniably, a true statement, delivered by a man who might be in a position to know its truth. Mayweather has been accused of a series of assaults on women, some of them brutal: in two cases, he has pleaded guilty; in another, he was found guilty; in 2012, he served two months in jail.
The day after his remarks, Mayweather delivered a perfectly remorseless apology: “Whoever I offended I apologize. I am only human. Domestic violence is something I don’t condone.” The CNN anchor Rachel Nichols wondered whether Mayweather’s remarks about Rice reflected his own views on violence against women:
NICHOLS: You are someone with a history of domestic violence, yourself. You’ve even been to jail for it. Why should fans root for you with this kind of history?
MAYWEATHER: Everything has been allegations. Nothing has been proven. So, you know, that’s life.
NICHOLS: I mean, the incident you went to jail for—the mother of your three children did show some bruising, a concussion when she went to the hospital. It was your own kids who called the police, gave them a detailed description of the abuse. There’s been documentation.
MAYWEATHER: Mm-hmm. Once again, no pictures. Just hearsay and allegations. And I signed a plea bargain. So once again, not true.
After the interview, Nichols marvelled at “the denial of the public that supports him,” concluding with an editorial comment: “I am curious how many of those who shuddered at the video of Ray Rice in that elevator this week are also planning on plunking down their seventy dollars tomorrow for Mayweather’s pay-per-view fight. It is worth considering before you pull out your credit card.”
I did not. I would not ante up for Floyd Mayweather. I am not that kind of sports fan. I like good guys. I like writing about good guys. Good guys needn’t be perfect. They just gotta’ have some redeeming virtue and a clarity of mind that guides their conscience.
Failing that I shame the bad ones. Because they deserve it. Mayweather needs to be asked cogent questions. We need to know if he is seeking help, or still mired in some time warp. I don’t see it.
Mayweather is a bad ‘un. Has been for some time. The fact that we reward bad behavior is something I find hard to rationalize.
Many of you are blessed with the cognitive dissonance that allows you to separate the man, the athlete from the deed. I find that repugnant.
So I find you repugnant. If you watched the fight? You have your own reasons. I just have to tell you that I don’t understand them. If I come to the point where I do… understand them?
I will have to go away.. to an Ashram… sit on a mountain… and pine for enlightenment.
Because I would fear for my soul.
As I fear for those of you who contributed to this serial batterer. Still feel good about those choices? Think about your answer. If you answered yes? Seek a sponsor.
Cos’ pardners… You got some serious issues.
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