Floyd Mayweather is the greatest fighter we’ve seen in the last few decades-about 5 decades to be exact. When we talk about greatness in the context of boxing, it’s easy to call upon Floyd’s 50-0 record, but what makes someone “great” in this sport goes far beyond the stats. Mayweather’s flamboyant demeanor, his ability to captivate, his dedication to his craft-these factors make the athlete stand out among his competitors. And while these traits are admirable, there’s something about Mayweather that overshadows his accomplishments.
This week, Floyd decided to remind us that he’s spent tens of years taking hits to the noggin, expressing his support for the Tangerine Toddler for a second time publicly.
“People don’t like the truth… He speak like a real man spoke. Real men speak like, ‘Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass. I had to grab that fat ass.’ Right? So he talking locker room talk. Locker room talk. ‘I’m the man, you know what I’m saying? You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the p—y. And?'”
Prior to Mayweather’s much anticipated fight against Irish born MMA fighter, Conor McGregor, I found myself rooting for Mayweather once again, against my better judgement. I told myself when I saw him burning money almost 2 years ago, that I’d no longer support the guy, yet on fight night, I was there, waving my pom poms, a member of the #MoneyTeam.
Even though I’d seen this foolish display of arrogance with my own two eyes, I somehow still had blinders on. Even though I was aware of his long standing history of abusing women, I still rooted for him in the fight against McGregor. I allowed my emotions to stand in the way of my morals and the good sense that God gave me. The truth is, I wanted a Black man to beat the arrogant Irishman who had the audacity to think he could go from being an MMA fighter to beating the boxing champion of the world. I wanted Floyd to mop the floor with the man who thought this was a funny thing to say:
But as much as I wanted Floyd to put an end to McGregor (and he did), there’s something I want him to end even more-his insufferable, egotistical, abusive, and foul behavior. Floyd Mayweather has not only earned himself a reputation for being the best boxer in the world, but for also being one of the most problematic celebrities in the world.
His tendency to double down on ignorant is beyond anything I can comprehend, and certainly nothing that can be respected. Sure, Mayweather’s record can be revered, his accolades can be lauded, but I think it’s time we see Mayweather in the light. And not just the limelight, but some plain ol’ flourescent light, or maybe even under a flashlight.
It’s true, Mayweather could buy my whole entire life ten times over, but his money isn’t what should make him worthy of our adoration. The people that we follow don’t have to be perfect-holding them to such a standard would be unfair. But I do think it’s important that the people we support and remain loyal to are at least decent people who have the community’s best interest at heart.
Speaking of the community, let’s revisit Mayweather’s thoughts on charitable giving:
“People say ‘well, he got all this money, why is he not giving to Africa? Well, what has Africa given to us? What has Africa came and gave to my children and to my family? Things work two ways.”
That’s not all.
“Everybody’s always talking about giving, giving, giving. That’s the problem. Everybody’s doing so much giving, at the end of the day, they may not have nothing. Then they’ll say ‘why was he giving this to that person, and giving this to that person when he should have been saving?’”
Without shame, Mayweather has both supported and been the perpetrator of harmful acts against women, shat on charitable acts, defended racist behavior, and burned money for the world to see, failing to see how his actions impact those around him. That is the problem with Floyd Mayweather. He is only concerned with himself. That is why I cannot in good conscience support him, and I hope those who still do, will understand that the first test of a truly great man is his humility, not his money.