(It’s distinctly possible that Mayweather will earn more for those 36 minutes than Le Bron James will earn in salary over the next two years.) And while you can expect to hear a lot of noise about this fight over the coming months, there’s one storyline that you probably won’t hear much about. And not just a misogynist, but a batterer, and a serial batterer at that.
This is a statement of fact that you will rarely see or hear from the professional boxing media, many of whom remain hopelessly dependent on the reigning box office king’s goodwill for access.
Floyd Mayweather’s history of misogyny, expressed—as he is wont to do—through violence, is well-documented and reprehensible.
It extends over a dozen years and includes at least seven separate physical assaults on five different women that resulted in arrest or citation, as well as several other instances where the police had to be summoned in response to an actual or perceived threat from Mayweather.
Ironically, the story begins with Mayweather claiming to be a champion for battered women.
Andre Berto got some new ammunition for smack talking Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he's already unloading on him -- blaming the champ for their fight's historically low pay-per-view numbers.
Somewhere between 400,000 and 550,000 people bucked up for the fight ...
the lowest PPV stats for a Floyd fight in a decade.
Berto tells TMZ Sports, "It’s definitely Floyd's fault, He left a sour taste in everybody’s mouth because of the Pacquiao bomb shell." Berto thinks Floyd underestimates how much fans hate his style of boxing, and that's why they vowed to stop buying his fights -- "As you can see they weren’t bulls**ttin." Ultimately the low PPV numbers hurt Floyd more than Berto, since Floyd gets a cut of that.
Berto got a flat million purse, but says he still tried to put on a good show ... "I knew if he had the chance he would run around and make it boring, but I tried my best to not let that happen and disappoint the people.
Last week, Floyd Mayweather announced that he will fight a rematch with Marcos Maidana on Sept. Their first fight, two months ago, was Mayweather’s closest challenge in years, with many in the boxing media believing that Maidana had earned the decision.
And while that bout may have failed to meet expectations at the box office, the competitiveness and controversy are sure to make the sequel the biggest fight of the year.
More important from Mayweather’s point of view is that it will net him the single largest paycheck of any athlete on the planet this year.