The world is talking about the historic heavyweight boxing fight slated to take place tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be fighting eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao in one of the highest-grossing matches in professional fighting history. People are calling this event the “Battle for Greatness” and “The Fight of the Century.” While today is an exciting day for many boxing fans across the world, I can’t help but be a little miffed by the Mayweather supporting public.
As many know, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a lengthy, recorded history of UNFORGIVING domestic abuse towards women – without extensive repercussion or professional castigation. If you don’t want to believe it, do some research. The appalling truth is easily accessible. In a society where domestic violence isn’t usually tolerated (example: Chris Brown, Ray Rice), why are Americans so easily willing to sweep Mayweather’s terrible indiscretions under the rug? An article (sadly) shared on one of my favorite popular blogs, Uproxx.com, even offered a post On Rooting For Floyd Mayweather The Boxer, Not The Man. I was particularly disgusted by it.
“Who cares if Mayweather is a good boxer?,” I thought. He doesn’t even know how to only pick on people his own size, which is what boxers are supposed to do.
Mayweather is not just a batterer, but a serial batterer. One who has even committed these horrific acts in front of his own children, going as far as to threaten their lives and the life of their mother. When a person lives this way, hurting other people unlawfully and continuously getting away with it, should we the entertainment-supporting public enable it to continue? Should we handsomely reward someone who is good at their job, even if they aren’t a good person? What kind of message does this send?
If Hitler, being known for what he’s known for, was a great singer and auditioned on “American Idol,” would you still vote for him?
Mayweather fans should contemplate this. When you give your attention and money to an entertainer or sports star, you are not only facilitating their talent but supporting their private life. Mayweather is reportedly slated to receive over one hundred million dollars from tonight’s fight if he wins. The only person I see losing if Mayweather wins is the women he’s bound to assault in the future, not Pacquiao. When a person continues to flourish while getting away with multiple crimes, they begin to feel invincible and undefeated. Maybe it’s Floyd Mayweather‘s time to lose.
People make mistakes, but Mayweather has yet to acknowledge his, let alone apologize for them or show remorse. Until he does, I can not and will not support him. No matter how talented he may be. If you possess basic moral common sense, you shouldn’t either.