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?