Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Not to Be Forgotten: Mayweather's History with Women

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Not to Be Forgotten: Mayweather's History with Women

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As Floyd Mayweather backs up the Brink's truck for the biggest haul in sports history, people are finally paying attention to a small detail about the world's richest athlete.

He's a total degenerate when it comes to women.

Boxing fans knew that long before Ray Rice made it a big sports issue. But with Mayweather expected to make up to $180 million for Saturday night's fight against Manny Pacquiao, the general public seems a tad distressed by Mayweather's habit of slugging defenseless females.

Not distressed enough to keep millions of people from plunking down $100 for a pay-per-view seat, of course.

I'm too cheap to have bought the fight even if Mayweather had never dragged his ex-girlfriend around by her hair. But if I were buying it, I'd be wrestling with my conscience.

It's a tantalizing fight, but do I want to bankroll this bum?

If nothing else, I'd have to give up my right to get all holier- than-thou the next time Roger Goodell suspends a degenerate for 15 minutes.

It's not that buying a Mayweather fight means you endorse domestic abuse. I just can't help feeling Mayweather takes it that way.

His violence isn't even in debate and society keeps rewarding him - the same society that now turns anyone even suspected of domestic abuse into a pariah.

Rice, Kurt Busch, Greg Hardy and Jeff Taylor were suspended for their actions. Jameis Winston has never been charged with anything, but accusations of sexual abuse have made him radioactive.

Mayweather makes Winston look like Gloria Allred, yet he boxes merrily along. The only explanation is the industry he works in.

We've always accepted boxing as the refuge for ex-cons, hucksters and greed mongers. But just because the sport holds itself to no standards, should we forever play along?

Mayweather's rap sheet goes back 13 years when he got a six- month sentence for domestic violence and misdemeanor battery. …

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