He’s the world’s richest athlete. He’s the undefeated boxing champ and he’s the first African-American boxer and one of the only boxer in history to own his own promotional company, reportedly worth over 300 million. But when it comes to women, Floyd Mayweather is not so celebrated.
Millions of pay-per-view subscribers tuned in, major celebrities like Beyonce, Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCarprio, Robert Deniro, Diddy and Mark Walhberg were among audience members who reportedly paid $10,000 a seat. Watch parties were thrown from private homes to popular sports bars all to watch what was billed as the “fight of the century” on Saturday, May 2, starring a man many believe has been given a pass for his history of abusing women.
Mayweather’s exploits on abusing women are well documented. In July 2013, Deadspin’s Daniel Roberts wrote a notoriously comprehensive report detailing Mayweather’s violent history with women. The article called out the boxing industry and media who, according to Roberts, is dependent on the boxer’s access and money and have in return pulled the sheets over his rap sheet.
In September 2014, leading up to his notorious rematch with Marcos Maidana, CNN’s Rachel Nichols grilled Mayweather during a live interview about his history with women, directly citing the Deadspin article. The boxer’s position was there was no pictures and no proof. “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion, “said Mayweather. “When it’s all said and done, only God can judge me.”
For women and men who love and respect women, rooting for Mayweather can be polarizing and painful. Like Nichols, during the Saturday’s fight night with Manny Pacquaio, scores of social media users questioned those who supported Ray Rice’s expulsion from the NFL yet continue to pay to watch Mayweather’s fights.
Should sports fans separate Mayweather’s career from his personal life? You be the judge!
Mayweather plead guilty for one count of battery against Melissa Brim, mother of daughter Ayana.
Mayweather plead guilty to another count of battery against Brim and received a suspended sentence.
Mayweather was found guilty of two counts of battery against Herneatha McGill and Karra Blackburn, friends of Josie Harris, mother of three of the boxer’s children. The guilty verdict was ultimately dismissed through negotiations in July 2008.
A Las Vegas jury acquitted Mayweather for another domestic violence charge for a 2003 incident involving Harris. Harris told police the boxer kicked her, punched her and pulled her hair outside of a Vegas nightclub. Harris later testified she lied on the police report because she was angry and said Mayweather was like a “teddy bear inside” and would “never put his hands on her.”
According to a police report, Koraun, one of Mayweather’s children told police he witnessed his father punching and kicking Harris while she was on the ground. Mayweather was charged with felony offenses that could have resulted in 34 years in prison. In December 2011, Mayweather received a plea for a misdemeanor domestic assault and harassment charges. He served a jail term in June 2012 and was released August 3 for good behavior.
While it was no criminal act, many considered Mayweather’s choice to post ex-fiance Shantel Jackson’s sonogram on Facebook and Instagram for the world to see extremely misogynistic. The boxer shamed Jackson for having an abortion. “The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies.#ShantelJackson#FloydMayweather#TheMoneyTeam#TMT,” he captioned. Jackson later sued Mayweather for more than $2 million stating her privacy was invaded.