By Jay Cade
I am a huge fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. the boxer, but not so much of the person he presents himself to be in the media.
Defending Floyd Mayweather is a tough task to do, especially when he keeps getting himself into loads of trouble and shows himself to be irritable and unsavory. After the premiere of HBO 24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz and seeing how he treated his father it really disgusted me and made me lose all respect for Money Mayweather as a human being. Don’t get me wrong, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a marvelous boxer, one of the all time greatest skilled boxers, but a horrible personality outside of the ring.
When the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight was being negotiated, I was rooting for Floyd, I respected Manny Pacquiao as a human being and as a boxer because of the way he carries himself inside the ring and out, but Floyd is the better technical boxer and I predicted him to beat Manny.
I ain’t one of these Floyd fanboys who just bashes Manny Pacquiao as a form of retaliation for the way the media shines a light on Floyd’s troubles and personality flaws. I think of the two people, both of them make mistakes and are not perfect, but it’s the way Pacquiao handles himself that separates himself from Mayweather. Manny had no relationship with his father growing up, his dad was gambling and drinking and even ate the family dog, which triggered Manny to run away from home as a kid and become a boxer. Mayweather’s father was a drug dealer, who supposedly held his son up as a shield to avoid getting shot by Floyd’s uncle — we don’t know if that was true or just fabricated by someone in the family. But the difference is how Manny treats his father and how Floyd treats his. Manny was able to forgive his father and move on, Floyd Jr. is a kid trapped in a grown man’s body, he humiliated his father and embarrassed him in front of the world.
Watch the argument between Floyd Mayweather and his father:
Victor Ortiz is just 24-years-old and his story is far worse than Floyd’s, but he doesn’t let a horrible past or crappy parents who’ve abandoned him take over his life. I’m even pulling for him in this fight. How can you not pull for a guy like Victor Ortiz after seeing how much of a scoundrel Floyd Mayweather Jr. is? Floyd must think having millions of dollars gives him a free pass to mistreat people around him.
Floyd has to realize why people dislike him and why they always root for his opponents, it’s because people don’t have respect for spoiled brats who talk a lot of crap. Floyd is no Muhammad Ali so all these people comparing him to Ali need to just stop disrespecting Ali, there is no comparison, Ali was a funny guy who backed up his humorous trash talk, Floyd is a vulgar, unlikable character.
I think Floyd Mayweather Sr. is an arrogant trainer, I’m not a big fan of his, but I actually started feeling sorry for the old man. He was just horsing around with his son and one upping him in a friendly banter, but things turned ugly when little Floyd started to lash out on his father when his dad started taking credit for his success. I think Floyd Sr. should be more respectful of Roger Mayweather and give him his props for helping little Floyd be the fighter he is today while he was in prison, but the reason why Floyd Sr. was saying that is because he is extremely proud of his son. Floyd Sr. is a proud man, and he isn’t going to back down from his disrespectful son — No father would let their son yell at them like that.
The words that Floyd Mayweather Jr. threw at his father were so vulgar I don’t even want to repeat them, he talked down to his father like he was just some scum on the bottom of his shoe. I would ask Floyd Mayweather Jr, “You don’t think this man feels bad for the things he did and not being part of your life?” I bet you anything Floyd Sr. feels that guilt and pain in his heart every single day, he just has a different way of showing it. But there is no question that this man really loves his son. You only have one father and even if little Floyd doesn’t like to acknowledge it, if it wasn’t for his father disciplining him and getting him into boxing at an early age he would never be the boxer he is today.
I think you really need to be one diehard fan of Floyd to love this man unconditionally, the way someone carries themselves out of the ring has a lot of importance to his fans, when you are a fan of someone that means you like them even as a person. I respect Floyd’s skills as a boxer but not as a person.
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