Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr: Take it like a man

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On Tuesday, September 9, the biggest name in boxing made his "Grand Arrival" at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, to formally launch fight week for "Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana II", and was greeted by a crowd of several hundred eager fight fans and media members. Although the majority of Floyd's conversation with the press in attendance consisted of the customary, and often mundane, pre-fight topics concerning Saturday night's showdown with "Chino" Maidana, one very relevant and controversial subject seemed to take precedence over all others.

Because of Floyd Mayweather's checkered and well documented history with issues of domestic violence, the always inquisitive and attentive members of the media asked the "Money Man" of boxing what he thought about Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti's decision to release Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice after an incriminating video surfaced, clearly showing the former Baltimore player brutally attacking Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

Floyd Jr. floored the press when he voiced his opinion that the NFL possibly overreacted upon increasing Ray Rice's punishment after viewing the now viral and incriminating video.

"I think there are much worse things that go on in other people's households," admitted Mayweather. "It's just not caught on video, if that's safe to say."

The staggering comments from the most controversial and widely recognized figure in boxing at Tuesday's media event couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.

On Thursday of last week, Mayweather's former fiancé Shantell Jackson filed a civil suit which named the most lucrative athlete in the sporting world as the defendant regarding a claim that Floyd assaulted her and virtually imprisoned the plaintiff in his Las Vegas mansion.

"Like I've said in the past...no bumps, no bruises, no nothing. With O.J. and Nicole, you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten."

"So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day."

In December of 2011, Floyd Jr. plead guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge, filed by former girlfriend Josie Harris, that resulted in a 2012 90 day jail sentence.

With the 37 year old prizefighter's previous entanglements concerning domestic battery and issues with violence, Mayweather may have finally crossed the line between what the media deems as acceptable behavior from a public figure.

During Wednesday's final press conference at the MGM Grand, Mayweather's manager, Leonard Ellerbe, pleaded with the media in attendance to stop chastising his client for candid and personal commentary.

"This man wears a target on his back," stated the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "No matter what he says or what he does, people form and opinion and take things out of context. But this comes with the territory. When you're on top for so many years, people are gunning for you. And the smallest thing you say or do, no matter how you feel, things are taken out of context."

"All of this hating and criticism about this and that...you guys need to stop. Just cut it out!"

"Just acknowledge the fact that he's a great fighter. He has opinions and is human just like everybody else...and when he goes in that ring, he gives it his all."

But when Floyd has admittedly made millions of dollars for his controversial activity outside of the ring and continues to strategically wear the black hat in every single pre-fight promotion, Ellerbe's request is a very bold one.

Mayweather has to realize that he can't have it both ways.

The media has played an integral part in making the popular prizefighter a massive star in the sporting world and the wealthiest athlete on the planet. If Floyd doesn't want the criticisms that come with controversy, then the most widely recognizable mouthpiece in boxing should choose to abstain from making a spectacle of himself in presence of the public eye.

Everyone in all walks of life reap what they sow in this world...Floyd Mayweather Jr. is finding out the hard way that not even he is an exception to the rule.
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