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People Will Love You On Friday And Hate You On Sunday: Floyd Mayweather Defends Ronda Rousey Against Internet Memes
I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to Floyd Mayweather. I think his repeated struggles with domestic violence are a real problem.
But I also don’t believe that this gross character flaw gives people the right to make fun of his literacy struggles. Mainly because I’ve worked with too many children who’ve struggled to read and I’ve seen first hand how discouraged they can be when someone snickers at them when they try to read. And beyond that, I think people fail to see the potential correlation between Mayweather’s abuse and his illiteracy. When some men feel powerless or inadequate in one area, they abuse the power they do have. In the relationship between a man and a woman that is often physical strength. It’s not such a stretch to imagine that a man like Mayweather, who has made millions from his physical prowess, would resort to his fists when he feels his ego is being challenged.
So I certainly didn’t appreciate mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey mocking this very real issue.
When Rousey took that hard L over the weekend to Holly Holm, people who had been rooting for her all year were quick to flip the script. Her bloodied face and prostrate position on the canvas were quickly photoshopped and manipulated into memes. Many might have expected Mayweather to join in on the fun and games. They might have even believed it, considering his on-again-off-again associate 50 Cent made fun of Rousey, saying “LMAO FLOYD TOLD ME TO POST THIS.”
In an interview with Fight Hype.com, Mayweather said it didn’t go down like that.
“That’s not true at all. I haven’t really spoke to anyone about the Ronda Rousey situation, just to set the record straight. I don’t have anything against MMA fighters. It’s just like boxing; you win some, you lose some. A true champion can take a loss and bounce back.”
Not only did he not do it, he’s not really fond of others mocking her either.
“I don’t think it’s cool how everyone is trolling her on social media. Certain things you have to learn. People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it’s nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you, which I don’t think is cool. I’ve never been on the other side, so I don’t know how it feels. I’m pretty sure she’s a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings. Everything happens for a reason. This was already written. Listen, if God says, ‘In Floyd’s career, I don’t want him to lose,’ you know what? I wasn’t going to lose. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t took a loss before. I’m not talking about boxing; I’m just talking about life. When you lose a loved one, that’s taking a loss. I think that everything is just a learning experience. In due time, she’ll be able to bounce back and make some noise again in mixed martial arts.”
What do you think about Mayweather’s response? Are you surprised?
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about Ronda Rousey’s shocking loss to Holly Holm on Saturday at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. With a shattering kick taken to the neck during the second round, Rousey went down–hard. And all the invincibility and media darling-ness that seemed to surround her name went down with her.
And just like that, any and everyone was clowning her online. Which is what people do in this Internet age, especially following knockouts in boxing and MMA matches. But the criticism I found most interesting came from persons who were stating that the knockout was what Rousey deserved for being too cocky.
“That cockiness got that a** beat! Lmao”
“Thats what that a** gets. She’s taking some time off to eat some humble pie.”
“Girl got a big head she needed humbling.”
And I can somewhat understand why people would feel this way. There’s the fact that during those undefeated days, Rousey took courage to the next level by calling out Floyd Mayweather (and his alleged illiteracy), saying she could beat him in a no-rules street brawl: “I think I actually make 2 to 3 times more than he does per second…so when he learns to read and write, he can text me.” And even before the fight with Holm, Rousey made it clear that she didn’t like her and was hoping to leave Holm face down on the mat with this cold-blooded Instagram message.
“Fake a** cheap shotting fake respect fake humility b***h – ‘preacher’s daughter’ my a** – I see through your fake sweet act now – you’re getting your a** kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you #andSTILL”
And even before the match started, Holm raised her gloves to bump them against Rousey’s, but Rousey, with a scowl, immediately backed away and went to her side of the ring.
People, including Lady Gaga for some reason, would say that Rousey was being a big old jerk leading up to her knockout, but I would say that she was just extremely cocky–like a lot of other boxers and fighters and wrestlers and athletes in general are. The only difference is that she’s a woman. She’s expected to be humble. Be quiet. Be grateful. Be like Serena. Be like Danica. Be like Mia [Hamm] and all the many women athletes who are humble winners. Be a lady…and s**t.
Calm down. I’m not saying that everyone is knowingly kicking Rousey while she’s down because she’s a woman who some felt, in her own way, didn’t stay in her place. But I think all the disgust with her being cocky comes from the fact that we’re just not used to seeing women boldly and proudly behaving like men when it comes to having confidence in oneself in their respective sports. But all the great fighters have done it.
That’s why folks loved (but pretended to hate) Muhammad Ali, Mayweather, Jack Johnson, MMA fighter Anderson Silva and many more. They all mocked their opponents before fights, during, and even after, and just like Rousey, they had reasons to. Same with Kobe Bryant, Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Randy Moss, Reggie Miller, etc. They were extraordinarily skilled individuals at the top of their sports with immaculate records and titles. Rousey just happens to be one of the few women who isn’t afraid to, as Jay Z would say, “talk your sh*t!”
It’s easy to be meek and quiet when you’re still looking for that that shot, but who’s to say how Holm will act a year from now if she continues kicking people to sleep, winning matches and has to wear that target on her back? She might start feeling herself, too.
At the end of the day, I think we forget that in most cases, arrogance, cockiness, swagger in sports, is for show. A lot of the people folks criticize for being “too” confident in themselves as if they’re terrible people, do a lot of good for others through charitable work and stand for great things. Including Rousey, who is an advocate for taking the stigma out of mental illness, has an after-school program for kids called the Gompers Judo program, and raises money for the hungry through her Free Rice program. Not to mention that she’s also been an advocate for women and positive body image, something that the same people who are going in on her now for being cocky were applauding her (and her I’m-not-a-do-nothing-b***h mantra) for right after she beat Bethe Correia.
And there’s something to be said about being brave enough to be confident in yourself when other people say you should be quiet. According to Oscar de la Hoya, while speaking on Mayweather, “Boxers should speak with their fists and with their hearts. They don’t have to say anything to prove themselves.”
Sure. But it’s often the humble folks we deem “boring,” and the cocky athletes whose careers are remembered. They’re the ones who have the most success. And while their antics often drive you crazy, you can’t deny their talents (because you know they could be you too, dear detractor).
Like many of the greats, Rousey talked sh*t and most of the time, she backed it up. And like confident people, she took a risk. She wasn’t afraid to fight a trained boxer. And also like most confident people, she had to lose at some point. Most have, and when they did, the world didn’t stop turning. So instead of humbling herself, maybe her loss to Holm will provide the slight humbling that people claim they want to see from Rousey.
Or who knows? She could come back stronger, scarier, and better than ever. And, damn the haters, louder than ever.
There is something quite peculiar about the bravado coming from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholder Ronda Rousey.
If you don’t know the name, perhaps you know the work. The mixed martial arts fighter is the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo (it happened at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics). The 12-0 fighter has also successfully defended herself in six UFC bantamweight championships. Most recently, a title match with Bethe Correia in which she knocked her out in a 34-second victory.
Rousey’s meteoric rise among the American athletic elite has earned her plenty of praise and accolades, both within and outside of the sports world. UK Telegraph writer Gareth A Davies calls her “a total trailblazer” and speculates that she is, perhaps “the baddest feminist in the world?” Bustle writer Hilary Weaver calls Rousey “a symbol of power and empowerment.”
Of course, she is not without her critics. Particularly the critics who have taken issue with comments she’s made over the years about transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox’s ‘unfair advantage’ over cisgendered women in the UFC. In a two-year-old interview with the New York Post, Rousey said of Fox’s inclusion in the UFC: “She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has. It’s an advantage. I don’t think it’s fair.”
Rousey would double down on those controversial statements last year after Fox’s first professional match as a woman left her opponent with a concussion, an orbital bone fracture, and seven staples in the head. And in an interview with TMZ, the reigning women’s bantamweight champ said that while she was not afraid of any fighter, she thought Fox, who had gender reassignment surgery in 2006, should only be allowed to fight male opponents. “If you go through puberty as a man it’s not something you can reverse…There’s no undo button on that.”
Naturally, Rousey has been labeled transphobic. I, on the other hand, find her statements ironic. Or maybe it’s coincidental?
No matter the plot device, it is quite odd that Rousey does not want to face a transgender contender (and hides it behind concerns about a so-called “unfair advantage”). However, she has no problem envisioning herself fighting Floyd Mayweather.
Granted, there aren’t many people I know who haven’t daydreamed about the welterweight champion getting the crap beat out of him. But Rousey has been taking unprovoked jabs at Mayweather and making idle threats about him for a while now. Like in an interview with Access Hollywood from earlier this year, where Rousey said she doesn’t think she and Mayweather would ever fight unless “we ended up dating.” Nice one. I’ll definitely give her that.
However, when Mayweather responded by saying he doesn’t know who “he” is, Rousey continued her poking. She told an audience during her Best Fighter ESPY Award acceptance speech, “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once…I’d like to see him pretend to not know who I am now.”
She continued her offense during a recent Ask Me Anything chat on Reddit. According to Sports Illustrated, when asked if she could beat Mayweather in a fight without rules, Rousey said:
“Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time,” Rousey replied. “He would definitely beat me in a boxing match. I unfortunately don’t get into ‘matches.’ I fight for a living.”
“In a no-rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone on this planet,” she concluded. “Boxing is a sweet science with strict rules that I respect very much and aspire every day to improve at. But you said ruleless fight, and that’s my honest answer.”
We can blame it on the general public’s obsession with comparing a woman’s strength to her ability to successfully challenge and keep up with a man. I mean, why do folks keep asking her questions about fighting male contenders anyway? Do they ask male boxing champions about fighting women? But there is no doubt that Rousey not only feeds into the narrative but also thrives on it.
And while some may choose to see her solely as a powerful symbol of feminism, she is also an example of how mainstream feminism fails to be intersectional. Of course, some folks might take real issue with a transgender fighter in a women’s league or a woman beater. And of course, women should have the space to speak their blunt truths just like anyone else. But the comfort level Rousey feels in expressing her disapproval of the two is shroud and protected by a society that regularly takes great pleasure in the conquest and dominance of Black and brown bodies specifically. And that includes the denial of Black and brown bodies into spaces, which might threaten their (White) privilege as well as the constant need to physically prove how much stronger they are than everyone else.
But perhaps I am reading too much into this. I am open to an honest debate. So what do folks think? Is Rousey just calling it like she sees it or have her recent jabs been motivated by a need to assert herself over Black and brown bodies?
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) yanked the welterweight world title that Floyd Mayweather won against Manny Pacquaio in one of the “largest, most profitable” fights ever, according to Newsweek. The reason? Because he failed to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee.
Two months ago, Mayweather basked in glory as his boxing record remained untainted after beating Pacquaio two months ago in what critics called the “fight of century.” Well, that triumphant day will just leave Mayweather with bragging rights and nothing to show for it. The WBO said the boxing champion had until July 3 to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee and he did not do so.
The WBO, as per their rules, had to strip Mayweather of his title from the May 2nd fight, which earned him $220 million, according to ESPN.
“The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” the WBO wrote Monday in its resolution.
Mayweather also failed to surrender his junior middleweight title, breaching the WBO policy which prohibits fighters from ” holding simultaneous titles in different weight classes,” Time said.
“It’s a complete disgrace. Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he’s enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does. Floyd Mayweather has a great deal of respect for each and every organization, as he has always had in his 19-year career, but he will not be dictated to by any organization or person as it relates to his decision making,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.
Mayweather has 14 days to write an appeal to the WBO, but according to ESPN, the decision will likely remain unchanged.
This past spring many flocked to friends’ houses or bars in order to watch Floyd “Money” Mayweather win his May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao and because of his victory, Mayweather has become the highest paid celebrity for 2015 earning $300 million. Coming in second is his opponent Pacquiao, who earned $160 million for the year and third, Katy Perry. Perry, who raked in $135 million, increased her wealth by performing 124 shows during her Prismatic World Tour and according to her managers. Sixty percent of her income now comes from foreign markets, reports Forbes magazine.
Surprisingly, Beyoncé dropped to the 29th place after earning only $54.5 million this year and taking home about $115 million. Kim Kardashian landed in 33rd place this year after climbing from the 80th celebrity spot in 2014. She earned $52.5 million this year. Below are the five highest paid celebrities of 2015:
1. Floyd Mayweather ($300 million)
2. Manny Pacquiao ($160 million)
3. Katy Perry ($135 million)
4. One Direction ($130 million)
5. Howard Stern ($95 million)
Forbes created their list by focusing on celebrities who work primarily in “front of the camera.” The also measured their finances by focusing on their income prior to subtracting management fee, taxes and data from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo and IMDB. The eminent financial magazine also looked at celebrity candidates who lived outside of the United States, as well.
This is the third time in four years Mayweather topped the list; Time says it’s how he earned his nickname, “Money.”
Mayweather can thank the media mayhem surrounding the much anticipated Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight for his fortunes, which is expected to attract more than $600 million. The 38-year-old boxer was paid $100 million upfront for the May 2nd event and, on top of this, he gets 60 percent of the $400 million earned from TV viewership, ticket sales, and sponsorships.
Although many people felt underwhelmed by the fight, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight smashed every financial record in boxing history, according to Forbes. The fight lured in 4.4 million pay-per-view purchases (and climbing), $73 million at the door, and $13 million in sponsorships.
Adding the cherry on top is Mayweather’s earnings from the September 2014 match against Marcos Maidana.
“Floyd Mayweather just pulled off the biggest score in the history of sports and entertainment,” says Leonard Ellerbe, who heads Mayweather Promotions.
Mayweather’s earnings also shatters records for athlete pay. Tiger Woods topped the list for 12 years since 2001, but he made just $115 million, which is paltry in comparison to Money’s $300 million.
“If Mayweather worked on Wall Street, he would have ranked 14th among the top-earning hedge fund managers in 2014,” Forbes said.
Pacquiao, soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and tennis star Roger Federer round out the top five.
Floyd’s record remains at 48-0.
Shantel Jackson’s lawsuit against ex-fiancé Floyd Mayweather is shedding plenty of light on their dysfunctional relationship. To strengthen her argument against the undefeated boxer, Jackson included several text messages shared with Floyd before and after their 2014 breakup in court documents obtained by TMZ.
In one message series, Floyd offers a marriage proposal to Shantel, complete with Hollywood perks and suggested living arrangements, but the proposal came with conditions.
“This is what I offer to you. Let’s get married move in together you can go back in forth to L.A and stay at the condo.”
“I promise I will get you in 3 A list movies this year and I’m willing to go to counseling to make us work and you can get the stuff you want and I’m willing to change but I need you to have a better attitude.”
According to Shantel, she chose not to accept the proposal. She went on to provide messages sent by the boxer the previous year to explain why she felt that it was a bad idea to marry him.
“I had your phone traced. I hired a detective. Your not slick.”
“I got nasty videos too that I can put on Instagram and twitter”
“I took you from rags to riches now you back to rags b-tch. that’s why your out selling sh-t going on petty a– auditions fronting to people like your doing big sh-t.”
The reality star also alleged that Floyd really lost it after she was photographed with current boyfriend Nelly last year.
“Just tell me this didn’t mean anything.”
She explains in court documents:
“[Floyd] threatened that if I didn’t take down the photo of me and Nelly, he would post ‘naked photos’ of me on social media.”
From the sounds of it, this is only the beginning. Floyd is also facing a $20 million lawsuit filed by ex, Josie Harris, who mothers two of his children.
Read the rest of the messages here.
There were some strange things and even some shenanigans going on this week in the news. In this episode of "Did Y'all See", the MadameNoire editors discuss Laila Ali coming forward to say that Floyd Mayweather needs help for his domestic violence issues. Then, at the Met Gala, former lovebirds Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet stepped out on the red carpet together…on a date. We discuss whether the move was a bit odd…even for these hippy, dippy free spirits. And then we share our thoughts on Kim Kardashian's BFF, Jonathan Cheban, coming out of the shadows to lodge stereotypes at Amber Rose and Blac Chyna, in defense of Kylie Jenner.
See what our editors have to say about all these topics in the video above.
Floyd Mayweather is facing another hefty lawsuit filed by a woman from his past. According to CNN, the five-division world champion boxer is being sued by his ex-girlfriend and mother to two of his children, Josie Harris.
During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric, the undefeated fighter alleged that Harris was high on drugs and that he was simply trying to restrain her during their September 2010 domestic dispute.
“Did I kick, stomp, and beat someone? No, that didn’t happen,” he told Couric. “Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.”
As you may recall, the 38-year-old was arrested after cops said that he punched Harris in the face. He later pled guilty to misdemeanor battery and served two months behind bars. In the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Tuesday, Harris denied being a substance abuser.
“It was not Mayweather’s ‘restraint’ of Harris that caused her serious injuries, rather it was his beating of her,” explained Harris’ attorney in the filing.
Harris is demanding $20 million in damages for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress. You may recognize her from TLC’s 2013 reality show “Starter Wives Confidential,” which she starred in alongside DMX’s estranged wife Tashera Simmons and Lamar Odom’s ex-girlfriend Liza Morales. The series was cancelled midseason due to low ratings.
Mayweather, who recently earned a whopping $100 million from last weekend’s boxing match against Manny Pacquiao, was also recently sued by ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson who made similar claims against him.
Before Mayweather fought and defeated Manny Pacquiao this weekend, in what was being touted the fight of the century, he made some interesting comments. Mayweather is known for being braggadocios. But he stunned quite a few folks when, during an interview with Stephen A. Smith, he said:
“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me. No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that. But one thing I will do, I’m going to take my hat off to them and respect those guys because those are the guys that paved the way for me to be where I’m at today.”
This weekend, Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Laila Ali sat down with CBS Sports to discuss Mayweather’s comments and the issue of his domestic violence.
Laila Ali: Mayweather has recently said that he’s better than Muhammad Ali.
Reporter: Those are fighting words.
Laila Ali: That’s ok because I believe that as a fighter and a champion, especially as someone on his level, he should feel like that about himself. But that doesn’t make it true. The first thing I think about is, first of all, I don’t agree that he’s better than Muhammad Ali and that’s a whole ‘nother conversation. But I think about the man my father is, outside of the ring. So there’s times when–cuz I know Floyd, I know his family, Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Sr. both used to trained me. I’ve been in the gym with him. And there have been times when I wanted to reach out to him and have a conversation with him because I see a little boy, even though he’s a grown man.
And I see a broken person. And I know when you have money and you have “power” and you have all these ‘yes’ people around you, sometimes you don’t have that person to really pull you aside and give it to you straight. So every once in a while, I’m just like ‘I need to reach out to Floyd and have a conversation with him’ because I don’t hate him. I dislike the way that he acts, I dislike the way that he treats people and I’m obviously I’m definitely not down with this beating up on women. Because that’s very cowardly. But the first thing I think about is he needs somebody to reach out to him and kind of guide him.
If you read my essay from Friday, then you already know I agree. He has a problem and instead of continuing to ignore and rationalize it, it would be best if Mayweather sought the help he needs.
Still, there are others who think that Laila should have reached out to him herself before discussing Floyd and his domestic violence problem on national television.
I can’t argue with that. It would have been ideal. But I also feel that since Floyd has failed to address the seven documented instances of domestic violence privately; maybe now that it’s all in the open, he’ll have more an incentive.
What do you think about Laila Ali’s comments and the venue where she shared them?
You can watch her deliver her thoughts in the video below.