Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather added another W to his belt after beating Manny Pacquiao in one of the most anticipated boxing matches in history. Win or lose, Mayweather was slated to receive 60 percent of the total earnings for the fight, which was estimated to be about $300 million, mostly thanks to the $99.95 Pay-Per-View fee charged to watch the matchup. And following the victory, when the 38-year-old flamboyant lightweight was asked to confirm whether he indeed received a $180 million check for the fight, in true “Money” Mayweather fashion, he boldly proclaimed, “The check got 9 figures on it, baby.”
Money is all it’s been about for the past several years for the proud creator of the “lifestyle brand,” The Money Team, who admitted he’s gradually lost love for the sport of boxing over the years. His fascination with an exorbitant lifestyle and cash money has only grown, though, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why we still allow him to make it – outside of society’s steadfast value turning the other cheek in favor of capitalistic gain.
There was a time in American past where what was done outside of one’s line of work, from affairs that were allegedly hush-hush but everyone knew about, to giving one’s wife “a little shake,” were excused as personal and private matters not to be criminalized or regulated by one’s employer. But we’ve seen in recent years that there’s a thin line of separation between personal and professional life for public figures – particularly those in the sports arena – when it comes to acts such as corporal punishment, racist ideologies, infidelity and domestic violence, but somehow Mayweather continues to remain unscathed both inside the ring and out.
Though it took some time – and was short-lived – the NFL suspended Ray Rice indefinitely after video arose of him knocking out his then-girlfriend in an elevator in September 2014 after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens for his actions. In November 2014, Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season, fined an amount equal to six week’s pay, and required to undertake counseling and rehabilitation efforts after facing charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. In December his appeal was subsequently denied, with his suspension being upheld until at least the spring of 2015. And it’ll be a cold day in hell before Donald Sterling sits courtside at an NBA game again for his disparaging remarks about Black men. In these cases, it only took one incident of questionable behavior to hit these men where it hurts most – their wallets – but Mayweather, whose history of habitually physically abusing women is well documented, has yet to be hit at all.