Thrown fists. Bloody faces. Knock outs. I’m not talking about a professional boxing match. No, not the ‘Fight of the Century’ in which Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao for a take home of $180 million on Saturday night. I’m talking about the domestic space. Floyd’s home. The place where multiple women have been the targets of his brutal money-making fists.
The last decade and a half has seen a surge of battery allegations and convictions levied against Floyd. The police records are there for the public to see, not that the Vegas Police Department are exactly advertising them. But one thing remained constant: Pretty Boy Floyd’s unblemished boxing record. Couple that with some plea deals and you’ve got a recipe for getting away with serial assault against women.
Why bring it up when he’s still taking names and raking in mountains of cash to share with the public? At least that’s the stance from an obnoxious portion of the sports media, which by no coincidence is a male-dominated field. Facing the truth might actually have repercussions for the industry at large, which is apparently too much of a risk.
Take for instance the media members, including Michelle Beadle and Rachel Nichols, who were blocked from the event due to their willingness to speak openly about Floyd’s abuses. Of course they were reinstated too late after bureaucracy had already run its course.
The main event boasted a higher GDP than several countries because we’re more willing to shell out the dough to watch a convicted abuser throw some punches than we are to pursue justice. What happened in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas.
–Connor Cartmill, Sports Editor