Floyd Mayweather thinks controversial Ronda Rousey cover makes boxing look bad
Floyd Mayweather does not approve of Ronda Rousey being on the cover of a boxing magazine.
The Ring magazine received a lot of backlash when after announcing it would be running an issue with UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on the cover in January.
The boxing publication came under fire for their decision to feature an athlete from a completely different sport with some accusing the magazine of using Rousey's celebrity status to sell copies.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr is the latest high profile athlete to speak out against the magazine cover. Although he congratulated Rousey on becoming the first MMA fighter to make the cover, he told FightHype.com he felt it reflected poorly on boxing.
"Well, you know, congratulations, but you know the sport is starting to look bad when a female fighter from a whole other sport is on the cover of a boxing book."
SHE CONQUERED MMA. IS BOXING NEXT?: Check out the latest issue of The Ring featuring @rondarousey on the cover, along with our exclusive rankings— THE RING 100 WORLD’S BEST FIGHTERS. ON NEWSSTANDS NOVEMBER 15!! Subscribe here (http:// ringtv.craveonline.com/subscribe) and download your digital edition today! (Rousey ? by @ewillphoto) Also, see Ronda Rousey in the first episode of #InTheRing featured on the RINGTV/FACEBOOK page
As if in a bid to make everyone forget that he thinks magazines are books, Mayweather then tore into Oscar De La Hoya, the owner of the publication.
"You gotta realize this, we all know Oscar De La Hoya owns the Ring Magazine. That shows you; he has no fighters but Canelo. Basically, it's like he's trying to steal her from Dana White."
"Richard Shaefer, he built Golden Boy from the ground up, helped them make tons and tons of money, and what did this guy do?"
"This is real talk, how can Canelo or any fighter hold their head up high and say, 'You know what? I'm proud for Oscar, a guy that dressed in drag and been on coke.' I mean, the world knows this. How can you hold your head up high and say, 'You know what? I'm proud for this person to be my promoter'."