I don’t care about boxing in the slightest, yet somehow, I was unable to escape the hype of the Mayweather/McGregor fight over the weekend.
I don’t care who won or lost.
What I do care about is the fact that hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on this fight. These boxers were paid literally enough money to feed a small African country for a year! And one of the boxers, Floyd Mayweather, is a known domestic abuser.
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His history of beating the women in his life dates back officially to 2001, when he was charged with punching Melissa Brim over a child custody dispute. It escalated to the point where he served jail time for beating Josie, the mother of three of his other children.
His record for disrespectfully treating women continues: when he and his fiancé Shantel Jackson split up, he publicly posted photos of her supposed sonogram and announced that she had allegedly aborted their twins. The stunt was designed to deflect attention from the fact that she had accused him of choking and beating her, and of pulling a gun on her.
He’s a class act, right?
If he has such a reputation for being such a low-vibration human being, then “why does Mayweather remain such a compelling figure – despite his repeated and documented instances of domestic abuse?” mused one journalist.
“Let us count the ways,” she says. “There are no publicly available photos showing the evidence of his crimes; there’s no central organisation to hold Mayweather and other abusive boxers to account; and there’s an understanding, however contentious, that some boxers are inherently violent, their rage uncontrollable.”
How is this okay?
How is this the society we live in now? How is it so that we continue to reward Mayweather with cultural respect, fame, and squillons of dollars?
How is it possible that my kids’ teachers invest dozens and dozens of hours a week into nurturing young minds, providing structure and care to kids who don’t get enough of that at home – and they won’t earn in a lifetime anywhere near as much as this pair of jokers made in literally one minute? For the record, Mayweather pocketed US$200m from the fight, and McGregor US$100m.
The New York Times summed it up well: “In a city known for circuses and illusions, two men exchanged blows for less than 30 minutes. Nothing mattered; nothing was at stake.
And, when it was over, they hugged and laughed – a pair of business partners who had just pulled off the score of the century.”