Pinoy Painter Accuses Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of Snatching His Masterpiece

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MANILA, Philippines - Floyd Mayweather, Jr. finds himself in another controversy after a Filipino painter alleged that the boxer snatched and took off with one of his works.

"Ikinuwento ni Jun Aquino, kilalang Pinoy painter sa West Coast sa Amerika, ang masaklap na karanasan sa kamay ng undefeated world boxing champion na si Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Ayon kay Aquino, isa siya sa mga Pinoy na nag-abang sa labas ng Grauman's Chinese Theater sa Hollywood para masulyapan ang mga boksingerong kabilang sa press conference nitong Marso 1. Bitbit ni Aquino ang painting nina Mayweather at Miguel Cotto na kanyang ginawa. Nagkakahalaga umano ito ng $50,000 o humigit-kumulang P2.2 million," the "TV Patrol" report said on March 5.

"Bagama't hindi siya tagahanga ni Mayweather [ay] binalak pa rin niyang papirmahan ang obra kay Floyd Jr.para maisama itong ma-i-display sa kanyang gallery."

And as soon as Mayweather arrived, "bumukas 'yung bintana [ng kotse]."

"Nakita ko 'yung kamay nu'ng driver. Sabi niya, 'Come, come, come. Give me the painting.' Tapos 'yun na. Inabot ko 'yung painting at 'yung pentel pen. Biglang nagsara 'yung bintana nu'ng Rolls Royce. …