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Jim Lampley drills Floyd Mayweather on HBO's 'The Fight Game'

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On last night's edition of "The Fight Game" with Jim Lampley, the popular blow by blow commentator for HBO Sports seemingly used the medium to make a political statement which ostensibly opposed Floyd Mayweather's position as the primary spokesperson for the sport of boxing in his closing remarks:

"Floyd Mayweather Jr. long ago made clear he isn't trying to please the entire available audience."

"And through the concentrated money harvest of PPV distribution, he has convincingly established he can do it his way, generate a kind of appeal not all of us will ever understand, and attract an income that outdistances those of polite golfers and friendly smiling auto racers."

"Some would say, more power to him. But if the goal is to push the limits of public taste to the point where the overwhelming preponderance of consumers simply wash their hands and want nothing to do with either him or his fights, his blithe comment to the effect the NFL was overreacting to video tape by suspending Ray Rice was probably a pretty good start."

"And his garbled apology did little to remove the stench. This was the absolute height of heaving a rock out of a glass house. And if he honestly thinks he can offer that kind of love to Rice without offending significant numbers of fans and observers, he's wrong."

"The fact is...unbeaten record or not, consummate skill not withstanding, Floyd Mayweather is an often aggressively distasteful human being whose behaviors are a blight on the boxing landscape."

"He also said last week he will retire from the ring after the completion of his six fight CBS/Showtime contract. And in responding to the result of his most recent win earlier in the show, we ignored that. Because it won't happen. But if it did, no damage would accrue to boxing."

"Fact is, for the betterment of boxing's image, Floyd Mayweather's retirement cannot come a moment too soon."

The harsh indictment stems from Floyd's divisive comments to the press last Tuesday upon making his "Grand Arrival" to the MGM Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Money" Mayweather floored the press when he voiced his opinion that the NFL possibly overreacted upon increasing Ray Rice's punishment before viewing the now viral and incriminating video.

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


"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."

To get a woman's perspective on the delicate issue, HBO consulted ESPN correspondent Michelle Beadle. The goal was to not only to gain a female viewpoint of the topic, but a mainstream observation as well.

"The last two weeks have been so interesting to watch," claims the 38 year old television personality. "I've seen people bash Ray Rice, then congratulate Floyd Mayweather. For me personally, and for many women who work in the sports world, this is just an eye opening experience."

"I knew that he (Floyd Mayweather Jr.) had a bad track record, but I never knew how bad. I never knew that it was seven arrests, five different women. That he beats them silly, and he's a very violent, out of control human being who surrounds himself with 'yes' people. So I don't see that behavior stopping any time soon."

"So yeah...it was an insult to us, and there was a very big movement, trying to get people to not buy the fight and support him. Urging people to save their $70 and donate that money to a domestic abuse shelter instead."

"But I think he'll keep doing what he's doing."

Many of Floyd's supporters will merely dismiss Lampley and Beadle's words as an example of a biased network sentiment and harbored ill feelings because of Mayweather's decision to defect to Showtime Sports back in February of 2013.

But is Lampley accurate when he claims that Mayweather's persona is currently doing and has previously done the sport more harm than good?

We will only find out when Floyd eventually and inevitably rides off into the boxing sunset sometime in 2016.


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