Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be the greatest boxer of all time. He is worth anywhere between $700 million and $1 Billion. He is also a convicted criminal.
In 2010, after a long history of domestic abuse allegations, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail for misdemeanor domestic battery and harassment. This refutes his many claims to media after serving his jail sentence in which he describes the incidents as “alleged” or “never been proven”. This demonstrates the sheer blind eye that the media and sporting commissions turn to the misdeeds of their money makers. If you don’t see what I mean, maybe you will after these quick facts.
“His last 15 fights, starting with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, generated $1.7 billion in pay-per-view revenue from nearly 23 million paying customers. Mayweather Promotions has been part of each bout, taking a cut of the PPV, gate, sponsorships, merchandise and international TV.” – Forbes Magazine
That means that since his first allegations came out in the early 2000s, Mayweather didn’t just make a living off this sport, he became the godfather of it. Nicknamed “Money Mayweather” he entirely changed the sport of boxing and the revenues involved in it. He had the same effect on revenue in boxing as Tiger Woods did on revenue in golf. Mayweather undoubtedly has grown the sport of boxing exponentially in the last 20 years, but why him? Why did a sport let someone with this tarnished of a past become their holy grail?
According to a research study performed by Meyer this could be due to the suppression of his victims. In none of the cases were any photos ever released, due to cover ups by Mayweather and his crew. This could have a lot to do with the media and fans not taking these allegations seriously, a lot of people who follow boxing have the ancient mindset of “pictures or it didn’t happen”. There are a lot of reasons as to why the sport let this man take it over while it just sat back, no one will ever know the exact reason but next time you buy a pay per view with the Mayweather name on it, hopefully you know where your money is going.
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