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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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.