Other than drug dealers, white-collar criminals and Don Draper, I can think of no one less deserving of his wealth than Floyd Mayweather. As a fighter, he lost me when he and his handlers, for whatever reason, couldn’t pull off the epic fight against Manny Pacquiao, leaving us with no meaningful drama in a long-dead sport. As a person, he never had me at all, boring us with his prison time, baby-mama dramas and 88 cars.
“I go into the garage, look around and say, `Do I want to drive you, you, you or you?’’’ Mayweather said last week. “Then I go on the other side and I say, `Do I want to drive you, or you?’”
And still, in one of life’s confounding mysteries, otherwise sane human beings continue to spend precious Saturday nights not with their kids or at a restaurant with a significant other … but with Floyd, giving him your pay-per-view money at a staggering $74.99 ($64.99 without HD). It has reached the point where Mayweather, said to be among history’s best pound-for-pound fighters though we’ll never know thanks to a paucity of prime competition, creates good entertainment only by distracting himself into mediocre form. If it was sad to hear last month that he’d broken up with longtime fiancee Chantel Jackson — and sadder that the split took place after Mayweather learned Jackson, who had been due to deliver twins by Mayweather, suddenly wasn’t pregnant — all you need to know is that the news broke on Floyd’s reality show on Showtime.
The same network that will allow him to take home, for six fights, almost $300 million to pile on the $450 million he already has made.
So the theme heading into his weekend fight, against Marcos Maidana, was that Floyd was a mental train wreck. “There’s no question about it, he’s distracted,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, co-promoter of the eight. “Think about it, we’re (seeing) a very emotional Floyd. Clearly, with a day or two to go until fight night, against without question one of the most dangerous opponents he’s fought, his focus should be 100% on the fight. With what we’ve seen, and what we’re hearing, I think there is a lot of other things going through Floyd’s head. In one moment he says it might be my last fight, the next he’s saying he might fight more than the three fights. There’s a lot of stuff going through Floyd’s head.”
Floyd fought like it, too, wounded often by Maidana’s flailing rights that left cuts and welts on his face. At one point, Maidana knocked him through the ropes, a strange sight. But, of course, Mayweather won a majority decision — think Vegas ever would let their money machine lose? — and followed the victory by, of course, setting up the possible rematch for your $74.99 ($64.99 without HD).
Mayweather to Maidana: “ You’re a great fighter and very tough competitor. Congratulations on the new baby. She’s beautiful. Next time, just don’t hit me (below the belt) so much.”
Maidana: “GIve me a (bleeping) rematch.’’
Mayweather: “We can take it back down there right now if you want. Put the ring back up. … It’s not a problem. If he feels he won, we can do it again in September.”
I’ll pass, thank you, and watch whatever college football game is airing that night. But you may watch, wooed by Mayweather’s 46-0 record.
You also may go to Vegas to watch. Bring your body armor. A stampede to leave the arena after the decision was announced, which left many fans booing, led to reports that as many as 40 people were injured and some hospitalized. Yahoo Sports quoted a fan named Dulce Castillo as saying his 6-year-old son was trampled.
“I just (felt) like the people (were) over me and I am scared and I am screaming very hard,” Castillo told the website. “I said to my brother, `Help me, help me, please.’ My son is with people (on top of him). I thought that we were dying, really.’’
All to put more money in Floyd Mayweather’s pocket, with BFF Justin Bieber alongside him, partners in slime.
Would someone like to explain this sociological debacle?