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Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather added another W to his belt after beating Manny Pacquiao in one of the most anticipated boxing matches in history. Win or lose, Mayweather was slated to receive 60 percent of the total earnings for the fight, which was estimated to be about $300 million, mostly thanks to the $99.95 Pay-Per-View fee charged to watch the matchup. And following the victory, when the 38-year-old flamboyant lightweight was asked to confirm whether he indeed received a $180 million check for the fight, in true “Money” Mayweather fashion, he boldly proclaimed, “The check got 9 figures on it, baby.”

Money is all it’s been about for the past several years for the proud creator of the “lifestyle brand,” The Money Team, who admitted he’s gradually lost love for the sport of boxing over the years. His fascination with an exorbitant lifestyle and cash money has only grown, though, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why we still allow him to make it – outside of society’s steadfast value turning the other cheek in favor of capitalistic gain.

There was a time in American past where what was done outside of one’s line of work, from affairs that were allegedly hush-hush but everyone knew about, to giving one’s wife “a little shake,” were excused as personal and private matters not to be criminalized or regulated by one’s employer. But we’ve seen in recent years that there’s a thin line of separation between personal and professional life for public figures – particularly those in the sports arena – when it comes to acts such as corporal punishment, racist ideologies, infidelity and domestic violence, but somehow Mayweather continues to remain unscathed both inside the ring and out.

Though it took some time – and was short-lived – the NFL suspended Ray Rice indefinitely after video arose of him knocking out his then-girlfriend in an elevator in September 2014 after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens for his actions. In November 2014, Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season, fined an amount equal to six week’s pay, and required to undertake counseling and rehabilitation efforts after facing charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. In December his appeal was subsequently denied, with his suspension being upheld until at least the spring of 2015. And it’ll be a cold day in hell before Donald Sterling sits courtside at an NBA game again for his disparaging remarks about Black men. In these cases, it only took one incident of questionable behavior to hit these men where it hurts most – their wallets – but Mayweather, whose history of habitually physically abusing women is well documented, has yet to be hit at all.

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  • G

    Floyd is a class a jerk! I don’t even understand how women date this man.

  • Niesha

    The only thing I got to say about this is Damn he rich!! lol…

  • Justice will be had!!!

    To start let’s be fair the Mayweather camp and acknowledge the fact that they denied blocking the two female reporters from entering MGM. Also, those reporters, as I understand it, were calling for people to boycott the fight. Why did they want to go to a fight that they were asking others to boycott?

    Anyway, I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence and it robbed me of my childhood. At a young age I formed my view of domestic violence and I have never hit a woman (aside from one of my sisters). But this doesn’t mean I have never been hit by a woman.

    As an adult I see violence in relationships as a problem in general. I know that there is a strong desire to push this notion that men are the exclusive perpetrators of domestic violence but nothing could be further from the truth. I remember the internet exploding with laughter when Solange attacked Jay Z in the elevator, though they are not in a relationship, but there was shock and horror over the Ray Rice incident.

    The implication is that female to male violence doesn’t need or deserve retribution, but male to female violence is some how especially egregious.

    The outrage must be balanced. And since it’s not, no one seems to hear Mayweather when he says he was being attacked by his ex. No one seems to be interested in the fact that there was a violence problem in Ray Rice’s relationship even though his then girlfriend and now wife admitted to being the initiator of the violence at times.

    And just as growing up in a home where there was domestic violence has had it’s effects on me, it affected my sisters as well. One sister in particular carried that violence with her into her relationships. She tried to tell us she had a violence problem but no one listened to her, until her children came of age and exposed her. They revealed, to her chagrin, that she was the aggressor in her relationships and her domestic violence altercations. And they were disappointed that as a family we did absolutely nothing about it.

    And maybe one would argue that with Mayweather there is a pattern. Maybe the pattern is his selection of women. Maybe he keeps getting involved with women who view him the way Ali views him, as a “broken person” and “a little boy”.

    It’s easy to believe Mayweather is the aggressor because he is a boxer, but he’s not even the aggressor in his fights.

    I didn’t intend to defend Mayweather, because like everyone else I don’t know all the facts. I just ask for balance when it comes to the outrage over domestic violence, violence between genders, parental violence and violence in general. Adrian Peterson looses his career but the mother who slapped her son up in Baltimore is called mother of the year and goes on a whirlwind media tour…