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08th Apr 2018

Floyd Mayweather’s response to Conor McGregor controversy is a bit rich


Ben Kiely

When Floyd Mayweather tries to take the moral high ground, you know you’ve made a serious mistake.

Floyd Mayweather is the greatest boxer of a generation. Inside the ring, he is one classy fighter. His mastering of the art of elusiveness minimised damage and gave his career longevity. His work on the mic maximised the paydays and made him the biggest PPV draw in sports history.

However, Floyd Mayweather the athlete is very different to Floyd Mayweather the human.

From 2002 to 2011, he was charged with five instances of violence in the public domain. Two of the charges related to the domestic abuse of ex-girlfriend Josie Harris and another related to the assault on Melissa Brim, mother to his daughter. In 2011, Mayweather served 60 days in a correctional facility after he attacked Harris in front of the couple’s children.

Mayweather is still claiming that he will fight in the UFC. A repeat of the Money Fight inside the Octagon is one potential fight that keeps getting thrown around.

However, McGregor is facing various legal charges for the incident involving the fighters’ bus at the Barclays Center ahead of UFC 223.

During Showtime’s broadcast on Saturday night, Mayweather was asked about the incident. He reckons that a champion needs to conduct himself with class outside the cage.

“I feel that when you have reached such high status, you have to carry yourself in a classy way. I know that when we fought, we both sold the fight. The world loved what we did, but outside the ring, you’ve got to carry yourself like a gentleman.”

By no means is it bad advice. Carrying yourself like a gentleman and acting classy are admirable qualities in anyone. However, when did ‘Money’ become the voice of authority on such subjects?