Some people would think Filipinos are just getting butthurt and cannot accept defeat. But, can they really blame us? We’ve watched the fight ourselves. We’ve seen the reactions –not only from Filipinos- but also from other boxing enthusiasts all over the world. We’ve seen how Mayweather’s victory got booed by the disappointed crowd at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, the venue of the “Fight of the Century”. So again, can they really blame us if we find the results disappointing?
Remember, the venue was Las Vegas.
Las Vegas, that has a lot to gain from the Mayweather fight. Las Vegas, where Floyd Mayweather is a public figure and an important member of their community. Las Vegas, that earned an estimated $1 billion dollar from Mayweather’s last seven fights and most likely to have earned about $100 million dollars from this recent fight.
Las Vegas, that deliberately destroyed evidences of Mayweather’s documented violence against women, in order to protect his image and the flow of cash generated by his fights.
Las Vegas, that deliberately postponed Mayweather’s jail time until after his fight with Pacquiao.
Mayweather was supposed to be in jail, serving his time after he was sentenced for beating the mother of his kids, right in front of their children; instead of displaying his marathon-style boxing stunt with Manny Pacquiao in the MGM Grand Arena.
Boxing ring first, prison later. Las Vegas has made sure of it.
So, what are the chances that the result of the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight in Las Vegas is more of a foul play than a fair play? HUGE.
If Las Vegas is willing to bend its justice system so that Mayweather’s appearance in the boxing ring will be ensured, how far will Las Vegas go to secure Mayweather’s victory?
Think about it.
Back to Floyd Mayweather’s documented violence against women, to be precise, his undisputed history as a serial batterer of women; here are some facts about Mayweather’s history of punching women outside the boxing ring –among other documented reports of his violence towards men as well as other cases of violating the law:
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s name turns up in 29 separate cases in Las Vegas justice court criminal records and another 16 times at the district level on a slew of issues ranging from illegal parking to breach of contract to domestic violence.
- Mayweather has had at least seven assaults against five women that resulted in arrests or citations in addition to other episodes in which the police where called out but no charges was filed.
- In 2001, Mayweather got into an argument with Melissa Brim, the mother of his daughter, Ayanna, over child support, resulting to violence where Mayweather struck her in the face with a car door, pushed her into the car, and then proceeded to repeatedly punch her. Five months later, Mayweather, Brim, and Ayanna were shopping together at a Las Vegas mall when Mayweather and Brim got into an argument. Mayweather punched Brim in the neck and then fled the scene before police could arrive. Mayweather ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of battery against Brim’s father and two counts of battery (domestic violence) against Brim, in October 2001 and March 2002, respectively, for which he received a suspended sentence. In exchange for his guilty plea, charges of stalking, violating a protective order, and attempted obstruction of a police officer were dropped.
- In separate cases also in 2001, Mayweather was charged with battery with use of a deadly weapon, but the file ends when Mayweather’s case is moved to district court, where the charge was dismissed, and the scant eight pages provided don’t even describe the events leading up to the battery or whom Mayweather hurt. The date of the incident it mentions, though—June 19, 2001—suggest it’s connected to when Mayweather was accused by a man of breaking a champagne bottle over his head at a Las Vegas night club; and another full complaint and only slightly redacted arrest report (three pages in total) from when Mayweather was accused in 2010 of jabbing a male security officer in the cheek.
- In August 2003, Mayweather was accused of assaulting two women -Herneatha McGill and Karra Blackburn- who were friends of Josie Harris, the mother of three of Mayweather’s children. The two women left the club to avoid him but, Mayweather and his entourage pursued them outside. When the casino security intervened, according to the prosecutor, Mayweather picked up and shook a female security guard, for which he was handcuffed and issued a citation. After the dust settled, club security instructed McGill and Blackburn not to file a formal complaint against Mayweather or they would “pay for it in the streets,” according to the women’s testimony. Sixteen days later, McGill and Blackburn chose to pursue charges against Mayweather anyway, and, in June 2004, Mayweather was found guilty of two counts of battery. He (again) received a suspended sentence and ordered to complete “impulse control” counseling. The guilty verdict was later vacated in 2005 and the charges were “dismissed per negotiations” in July 2008.Only four months after the Ra nighclub incident, Mayweather’s “impulses” were again drawn into question. The setting was once again outside a Las Vegas nightclub, this time the parking lot in front of SRO, where Mayweather and Harris were seated in his Bentley. According to statements Harris made to the police that evening, Mayweather repeatedly punched and kicked her in the car and then dragging her out of the car by her hair, causing a facial laceration. She also told officers, Mayweather had beaten her before. Mayweather was arrested and charged with felony battery.
- In 2010, Mayweather attacked Harris again at her home and punched her in the head. The results of the beating were savage enough as it was. A doctor’s report found bruises, contusions, and a concussion from the blows that Harris sustained to the back of her head. In her interview with Yahoo, Harris speculated that Mayweather punched her in the back of her head specifically to avoid producing a visible bruise. That is one possible explanation. Another explanation, well known to boxers, is that “rabbit punches” to the back of the head are especially dangerous, which is why they are banned in all major combat sports. Their oldest son Koraun called the police, after he fled from the house despite of Mayweather’s threats to beat him and his siblings if they leave the house of call the police. Mayweather was charged with a host of felony offenses ranging from beating Harris to threatening his children. Facing charges that could have resulted in a combined 34 years in prison, Mayweather copped a plea to misdemeanor domestic assault and harassment charges, and received a 90-day jail sentence in December 2011. He began serving his jail sentence in June 2012. He was released on August 3, after just two months, for “good behavior”.
- In 2011, Mayweather was was charged with two counts of misdemeanor harassment after threatening two security guards over parking tickets. The criminal complaint said Mayweather told them that his crew had guns and Mayweather would call them to come over and “take care of” them.” Mayweather was found not guilty, although not before Mayweather’s legal team offered a bizarre solution, one guard told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: A personal apology from Mayweather, with celebrity-like handshakes and tickets to Mayweather’s next fight in exchange for dropping the case against the boxer. The guard declined their offer.
- On Sept. 9, 2012—one month after his release from jail—Melissa Brim called police at 2 a.m. to report that she was in a verbal altercation with Mayweather. By the time police arrived, Mayweather had fled with some of Brim’s property.
Floyd Mayweather is a misogynist. And not just a misogynist, but a batterer, and a serial batterer at that. It is evident from his long history of abusing people -especially women- outside the ring without any trace of remorse.
Why is the public and the sports world putting up to his misogynistic and wretched behaviour outside the ring is truly astounding. Boxing has always been a sport that involved dangerous men, many of whom did bad things outside the ring. And while some athletes like Ray Rice was suspended because of domestic violence, Mayweather’s horrific behaviour was seemingly embraced and ignored by the public, just like Las Vegas. In fact, Las Vegas has turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to Mayweather’s history. Not so surprising, considering the cash flow that Mayweather’s fights are generating to boost Las Vegas’ economy.
Compared to other athletes that got suspended for their unacceptable behaviours, Mayweather’s history of abuse can be seen as far worse –way much worse. He is a professional fighter. He makes millions throwing punches. He earns his living using his fists. The fact that he uses these same fists to beat women does not seem to matter to CBS (which owns Showtime), the MGM Grand, the Las Vegas gaming industry or the sponsors associated with the “Fight of the Century” between him and Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather’s team even reportedly banned two known sports journalists –Rachel Nichols from CNN and Michelle Beadle from ESPN- for covering the boxing match held in Las Vegas solely because the two journalists reported on his 12-year domestic abuse history, a few days before the fight commenced.
Below are documented evidences of Mayweather’s abuse that Las Vegas had been carefully hiding from the public. Thanks to the persistence and determination of Deadspin writer Diana Moskovitz to get her hands on these evidences, the media can finally see Mayweather for what he truly is -a serial batterer. Perhaps, Justin Beiber and the rest of Mayweather’s blind fans may want to take a second look at their “hero” this time?
A sworn handwritten testimony of Mayweather’s son – detailing how his father pummeled his mother in front of them was also obtained by Deadspin writer Diana Moskovitz (kudos to her). I’ve been trying to upload it here for inclusion in this article but, due to some system glitch, it was rejected repeatedly. I will gladly send the document (via email) to anyone who wants to read it, upon request.
So, with these facts about Mayweather and what he’s capable of doing plus, the actual footage of the fight that we’ve seen ourselves and the obvious fact that Las Vegas has been protecting his ass all along, let me ask this question once again:
Is Mayweather’s victory in the Las Vegas held boxing match, a fair play or a foul play?
The public deserves to know the truth.
CNN, Daily Mail, Deadspin