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Fighting At Work, Abusing At Home: Is Anyone Else Troubled By Supporting Floyd Mayweather?

May 1st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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My parents love boxing. My dad loves to tell people stories about how he took my mother to a fight, when they were still dating, and she was so full of adrenaline that when a woman stood up in front of her, blocking her view, she subconsciously pushed her back down into her seat.

And though years later, my mother began to find it too barbaric, my father is still a fan.

Earlier this week, he and I were talking and I asked him about his plans for the weekend. He said that he was planning on inviting our male family members and his friends over to watch the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight. But he was a little disappointed that the receiver connecting his sound systems to the television wasn’t working, so they wouldn’t be able to experience the fight in surround sound.

He was disappointed but he was still going to host, particularly since my grandfather, my dad’s father-in-law, was so excited about it.

But a few days later, my dad called us back to say that he was having additional reservations about paying $100 for the event.

“You know, I just don’t know if I can put money into Mayweather’s pocket knowing what he does to women.”

Well.

If you’re unfamiliar, Floyd Mayweather has a well-documented history of abuse against women, both physical and emotional.

In 2010, he pled guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child Josie Harris. He spent two months in jail for the crime. He posted images of ex girlfriend Shantel Jackson’s abortion and defended the decision saying that Shantel asked him to make her famous.

His own son, Koraun, called him a coward for not only the way he treated his mother, but refusing to admit it. Some of his children have witnessed the abuse and have been threatened by their father. He’s pulled a gun on the woman with whom he was in an intimate relationship.

And if that weren’t enough, there’s also the slut-shaming. Mayweather was quoted as saying, “If a female shows half of her body, she’s asking to be disrespected.” 

It’s a lot y’all.

In fact, Deadspin reported that there are at least seven documented instances of assault with five different women attached to Mayweather’s name.

He has a problem. And after my father did some research and learned some of this information, he just couldn’t support him.

I spoke to him today about his decision and he said, “It’s too concentrated an effort to abuse women. It’s so hypocritical that we made such a big deal about Ray Rice. Ray Rice is a choirboy compared to Mayweather.”

And while my father came to the conclusion, it wasn’t an easy one.

“I appreciate boxing and I appreciate his style. He’s a bad boy! But every penny you pay, he gets a percentage.”

My dad admits that he wants to see the fight and he’s certainly receiving quite a bit of pressure to watch it. My 96-year-old grandfather called my father again today asking him if he was sure he didn’t want to watch the fight. When my dad said no, he wasn’t paying for it, my grandfather, who is a devout, old-school, non-imbibing Christian, suggested that they go and watch it at a local bar.

My dad says my grandfather is looking to him for permission.

Fear of missing out (FOMO) is real.

And I understand it. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that this is the event of the Spring.

But sometimes, it’s just not worth it to be in the know.

This was not to shame anyone about their decision to watch Mayweather get paid to do what he does outside of the ring as well; but I do wonder, did anyone else have these same reservations?

Ready For The Fight? 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Floyd Mayweather

May 1st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Are you going to watch Floyd Mayweather v. Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd? Floyd is regarded as the best boxer of his time, but some of the controversies in his past are giving boxing fans pause.

Tickets For The Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Sold Out In One Minute

April 24th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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So eagerly awaited was the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight that the tickets sold out in an instant — 60 seconds — when they went on sale on Ticketmaster. That includes the tickets that were selling for $7,500. According to TMZ, the only other option is the secondary market where tickets can go for thousands more. CNN says StubHub has a ticket for $128,705.

Part of the reason for the speedy sell out is the fact that only 1,000 were made available to the purchasing public. The remaining tickets — 16,500 of them — are being used by the fighters (Pacquiao is rumored to have 800 to 900 friends and family members from the Philippines who’d like to go) and their people along with the promoters, sponsors and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where the fight is taking place.

The big money isn’t just in ticket prices. The two fighters just signed their contracts this week, and it will be the biggest payout in the history of sports. Mayweather is expected to take home $120 million, Pacquiao $80 million, irrespective of who wins. And the pay-per-view price is setting a record at $99.

The fight will take place on May 2.

Mayweather-Pacquiao Match Expected To Cost A Record $99 On Pay-Per-View

April 3rd, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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If you are one of the many millions who cannot wait to see the much-buzzed about bout between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, it will cost you $99 for a high-definition feed and $89 for standard definition–the highest prices ever for Pay-Per-View. The previous record was $74.95 for high-definition and $64.95 for standard.

The May 2 title fight hasn’t even happened yet but it’s already broken a few records, and the Pay-Per-View deal is just about finalized, according to insider sources.

But it’s been a tough negotiation. HBO and Showtime, which are handling negotiations for Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively, fought over the split of what is set to be record-setting pay-per-view revenue.

“Initially, pay TV distributors were asked to give up as much as 70 percent of the revenue instead of the usual 50 percent to 55 percent,” reports The Wall Street Journal. This was almost immediately tossed out.

The new agreement is expected to be less favorable to the distributors than the standard deal and the final split will also be set by the amount of marketing and promotions the various cable companies do for the fight. If all goes as planned, the distributors could get 40 percent of the pay-per-view revenue.

Some experts predict that the fight could reach three million pay-per-view purchases, equaling upwards of $300 million. The current record is $152 million for  Mayweather’s fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Finally! Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Sign and Confirm Fight

February 21st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Ladies and gentlemen, the fight we’ve all been waiting for, has finally been confirmed!

Both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have signed a deal to fight on May 2nd, 2015. TMZ sports is reporting, “the two fighters reached an agreement to get in the ring back in January — and the major issues, including date and location have been set for weeks.”

On Instagram, Pacquiao told his fans, “Finally he sign the contract so the fight is on, this is what im talking about that I sign already before, im just explaining to the fans and to prove that im not lying, i have the fear of the Lord. So this is it! The fight is on fans you deserve it thank you. to God be all the Glory.”

Oop. Pacquiao definitely makes it sound like Floyd was afraid to fight him. Floyd has not responded to the comment.

Either way, we’re sure this fight will be nothing but pure entertainment. Fans have been waiting for a very long for this fight to happen.

Let’s get ready to rumbleeeeeeeeee! Are you team Mayweather or Pacquiao?

Updated: Floyd Says The Fight Has Not Been Made Yet

January 31st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Floyd responds

 

UPDATED: Well there goes our hopes and dreams.

Floyd just posted the below message on social media.

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has finally arrived for the fight that we’ve been patiently awaiting for.

According to ESPN, the deal for the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather should be completed within the next few days. The site reports,

The sides have been negotiating what will certainly be the richest fight in boxing history, but no deal has been struck yet. The two fighters met privately for more than an hour on Tuesday in Miami.

“Everybody is doing the right thing,” Arum told the Post on Friday. “We’re looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done.”

One of the issues is that Time Warner/HBO, which has a contract with Pacquiao, and CBS/Showtime, which has Mayweather under contract, need to hammer out terms for a joint pay-per-view telecast, which they did once before for the 2002 fight between then-heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis and former champ Mike Tyson. They have been negotiating the terms.

For years, fans have been patiently waiting for a chance to see these two boxing legends fight. Many believed, Floyd was afraid to fight Manny. He’s been undefeated all of his career, therefore losing to Pacquiao would be a HUGE loss.

The fight is scheduled to take place on May 2nd, in Las Vegas.

UPDATED: Well there goes our hopes and dreams.

Floyd just posted the below message on social media.

 

A $200 Million Deal In The Works For A Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Fight

January 14th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather makes his love of money no secret. He has posted countless photos on Instagram featuring himself with mound of cash.

So when it comes to making deals with Mayweather you can be sure there will be a high price tag. And now boxer and Mayweather rival Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports there is a deal on the table for a fight between Mayweather and  Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas that could be worth a whopping $200 million!

According to Arum, Pacquiao has agreed to the deal and so have Mayweather’s “representatives.” But Mayweather himself still has to sign off on the agreement.

Under the deal, Pacquiao will take a 60-40 revenue split in which Mayweather would make an estimated $120 million and Pacquiao $80 million, reports Business Insider.

This deal has been in the works for years and it has taken up til now for both parties to tentatively agree on terms. And it seems the time delay may affect the fight’s final revenue. “The fight won’t be as huge as it would have been a few years ago. Mayweather is now 37. Pacquiao, 36, has lost two of his past five fights after not losing a single bout from 2005 to 2011,” reports Business Insider.

But if the fight does generate $200 million, it would be the most lucrative boxing match ever.

Floyd Mayweather Finally Sits Down With LAPD Regarding Earl Hayes Murder-Suicide

December 12th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week, we told you that Floyd Mayweather was wanted for questioning by the detectives investigating the murder-suicide involving his friend, Earl Hayes. As you may call, it was reported that Mayweather was on the phone with Hayes discussing his wife, Stephanie Moseley’s alleged infidelity prior to storming into the bathroom and killing her.

“We know that there’s a relationship there,” said Detective Scott Masterson. “If he has anything significant to add to the investigation, we want to know.”

According to TMZ, the boxing champ finally sat down with the LAPD for what turned out to be a 2-hour interview to discuss the shooting.

During the interview, Mayweather reportedly told investigators that he was on FaceTime with Hayes Monday morning and that the troubled rapper walked away from the phone and shot Moseley. He confessed to discussing the dancer’s supposed infidelity, but denied riling him up. After shooting Moseley, Mayweather says that Hayes returned to the phone and continued talking. Hayes then began telling the boxer that he intended to shoot himself and Mayweather says that he pleaded with him not to. Unfortunately, his pleas fell on deaf ears.

When questioned by detectives about why Hayes chose to call him, of all people, Mayweather expressed that he and Hayes were best friends and that he was trying to say goodbye.

Floyd Mayweather On Facetime With Earl Hayes When He Shot “Hit The Floor” Dancer; Copes By Going To Clippers Game

December 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Floyd Mayweather, Hayes and Moseley

We told you yesterday that popular backup and “Hit The Floor” dancer Stephanie Moseley was found shot dead alongside her husband, Earl Hayes, who killed her and then himself afterwards. The two reportedly had been arguing a lot lately and he suspected her of stepping out on him. Hayes was signed to Mayweather’s record label and was good friends with the boxing champion. And according to TMZ, Mayweather was the last person Hayes called before he took his wife’s life and his own.

According to TMZ, sources close to Mayweather say that Hayes called him on FaceTime Monday morning visibly upset and claiming that Moseley had been unfaithful. They claim that Hayes told the boxer that he was going to harm her, and though Mayweather tried to calm him down, it didn’t work. Mayweather wouldn’t divulge what exactly he saw, but those close to him say that he was a witness to what occurred and heard everything and is being treated as a witness in this case. Mayweather is reportedly in shock over the murder/suicide, especially since he reportedly saw a lot of it go down.

Mayweather reposted a picture from former adversary, 50 Cent, which briefly spoke on Hayes and was an olive branch of sorts to Mayweather during this hard time. The rapper and the boxer had been publicly squabbling on social media for months on end. This was all that he posted after yesterday’s events:

#repost @50cent

A photo posted by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on

 

Later on in the day, Mayweather was spotted out and about, deciding to get out of the house and free his mind at an L.A. Clippers game. He can usually be found courtside at games for both the Lakers and the Clippers, and last night he appeared in his seat, eyes covered in dark shades. He was snapped conversing with different Clippers players throughout the night, including Chris Paul, but for the most part, he wasn’t his usual cheesing, money-flashing self.

This is definitely a sad turn of events, and to witness anything like that has to be horrific. Prayers continue to go out to all those involved in this tragedy and their loved ones.

 

Mayweather Defends Posting Ex-GF’s Abortion Documents On Social Media: “She Asked Me To Help Her Become Famous”

November 26th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last September, the ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather, Shantel Jackson, emotionally announced that she would be suing the boxing champ.

“I have tried everything I could and have given Floyd every opportunity to do the right thing. Unfortunately, he has refused every opportunity to make things right. It is with a heavy heart that I finally realized that the only way to set the record straight and to achieve justice for what he has done to me is through the filing of this lawsuit,” she said during a press conference.

In her suit, Shantel made several complaints against Floyd including assault, battery and invasion of privacy. She also expressed embarrassment over his decision to publish  her medical documents and sonogram on the Internet while claiming that she aborted their twins.

According to TMZ, Floyd recently responded to Shantel’s lawsuit by requesting that several of her claims be dismissed. One claim in particular that he is hoping to have thrown out is that he violated her privacy when he published her medical documents. According to Floyd, they were in a high-profile relationship, so he didn’t really violate her privacy.

“At age 37 I am an undefeated boxer. I have been the world champion in five different weight divisions,” Floyd began his argument before alleging that when he met Jackson, she asked him to “help her become famous.”

He went on to argue that once the two got together, he used his fame to build her up in the public eye, which resulted in them becoming a celebrity couple. According to his logic, this caused the public to become interested in every aspect of their relationship—including their breakup. As a result, he says that he felt he needed to take to social media to inform fans why things ended.

“Both parties are public figures. Abortion is a public issue,” his filing continues. “A public figure involved with another public figure in a public relationship can expect publicity, not privacy, about why it ends.”

A judge has yet to rule regarding his request, but it will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.