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Floyd Mayweather: Will turmoil lead to 'Money May's' downfall?

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Since his first fight with Marcos Maidana last May, Floyd Mayweather Jr’s name has constantly been in the headlines. First, it was his altercation with rapper T.I at Fatburger.

Then, 50 Cent challenged him to read a full page of a Harry Potter book which led to the release of an unedited version of a drop Mayweather recorded for a radio show. In that audio, it became abundantly clear to many that Floyd cannot read.

And with the sports world still buzzing about the audio tape, Mayweather's ex-fiancée, Shantel Jackson, announced she was suing Floyd, claiming he pulled a gun on her among other things.

Controversy and turmoil seemed to have followed Mayweather throughout his career but never has it been so rapid. 

Have these issues distracted Floyd? And will they be on his mind Saturday when he faces Marcos Maidana in their rematch.

For an athlete, especially a boxer, to perform at a high level, he/she must be fully committed physically and mentally during training. So if these latest incidents have caused even the slightest bit of distraction, we may see Mayweather suffer his first professional loss.

What Floyd Mayweather has been experiencing is not unlike what Mike Tyson experienced heading into his fight with James “Buster” Douglas in February 1990. Like Mayweather, Tyson was embroiled in a bitter split with a woman and their feud was on display for the world to see.

Tyson also had a highly-publicized split with manager Bill Cayton and trainer Kevin Rooney, a street fight with Mitch “Blood” Green, and famously crashed his car into a tree in what the New York Daily News described as a suicide attempt. In addition, 'Iron' Mike was apparently being treated for bipolar disorder and taking anti-depressant medications.

Many believed those incidents and more led to Tyson’s first professional loss against Douglas.

So the question is: Will Mayweather suffer the same fate as Tyson?

There are certainly reasons to believe his perfect record is in jeopardy.

But controversy is nothing new for Floyd. Leading up to his fight with Miguel Cotto in May 2012, Mayweather had an impending jail sentence looming. Although Mayweather won that bout by unanimous decision, the fight was competitive heading into the final third of the bout and Floyd was uncharacteristically roughed-up, suffering a bloody nose in the process.

After cruising to a points win over Canelo Alvarez in September 2013, Mayweather broke up with then-fiancee Shantel Jackson after revealing she recently had an abortion, something Mayweather vehemently disapproved. And Floyd did admit he was affected by that leading up to his first showdown with Maidana. Perhaps that is one reason the fight was so competitive?

But today, his presumed distractions have reached a whole new level. The odds say, despite all of the turmoil, Mayweather will prevail and improve to 47-0 - However stranger things have happened, just as with Mike Tyson.


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