Mayweather's more devoted fans view his every word as truth, essentially, because there's such a large contingent of boxing consumers out there who think their favorite pugilist can do no wrong. Mayweather might have earned his bad reputation, but that doesn't mean he's wrong all the time no matter what, as his more devoted "haters" would have it -- my initial reaction to his criticism of Miguel Cotto's pronounced adherence to loyalty being phony was "Hey, don't say that about Cotto, you jerk, especially with the way you treat your own father," but then I realized that, other than one major member of his camp, Cotto has kind of cycled through trainers, has been on-again/off-again with his wife, etc.
But if Mayweather feels, as his adviser Leonard Ellerbe says, that he has a "target on his back," it's because Mayweather put it there. You can't deliberately play the role of the villain, brag about how much money you make off the people who are lured in by your villain act in hopes of seeing you lose, and then expect people to like you. Some people will always like the "heel" character, of course, but by and large if you act the villain, people will think you the villain.
And, of course, there's so much of what he does that isn't merely an act. Set aside whether Mayweather recently beat up his childrens' mother, the subject of a plea bargain that is sending him to jail soon; we don't know for sure what happened there, even if Mayweather recently had a "tell" on this by pointing out that he would never lay a hand on his children but excluding any mention of his baby momma, as Santoliquito pointed out. We do know that Mayweather has been convicted of assaulting women in the past. That's ironclad. That isn't going to impress anyone, if you do that. It's genuinely loathesome. If people don't like you for doing that, that's your own fault.
Then there are the constant racial attacks, like calling Filipino Manny Pacquiao a "yellow chump" and saying he wanted Pacquiao to make him some sushi; he apologized, but then when he downplayed the achievements of Asian American NBA player Jeremy Lin as being an overreaction to Lin's race, you wonder whether he's genuinely got some hostility toward people with Asian heritage. And he doesn't just stop at that minority. He loves calling people "faggot," even his father during one televised argument. Even if he apologized for that (and he hasn't), and even if he apologized for what he said about Pacquiao, there are going to be swaths of people who find repeated racist, homophobic diatribes distasteful, and doubt whether it's coming from a good place. When he throws up his defense that people hate him because he's black, well, it's hard to have much sympathy for his claim when he's constantly being hateful toward other people for their minority status -- not to mention that there's no evidence whatsoever that any significant percentage of people hate Mayweather because of his race.
And, overall, there's a tendency toward arrogant, self-inflating behavior from Mayweather that is going to turn people off. In this sense and this one sense only, Mayweather's recent comparison of himself to Muhammad Ali is instructive; Ali was indeed widely disliked, at least early in his career, for the same thing. Guess what? A lot of people don't like arrogant people, no matter their color. So why should Mayweather be surprised when he talks about how he's the best ever and people react negatively? Ali became loved later in his career because he stood for something; Mayweather, though, stands for absolutely nothing, other than making money, the subject he discusses more than any other. Oh, and he discusses how much money he makes, and burns $100 bills in nightclubs, at the same time when many people are without jobs and/or struggling -- should people like that about Mayweather? And what about when he compares his jail stint for assaulting the mother of his children to the jail stint of genuine heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr. -- does he think anyone who views him negatively for that is just woefully misguided about the relative heroism of changing our entire country for the better vs. being accused of beating up the women who gave birth to his kids?
When you're that arrogant and self-inflating, people tend to have an equally inversely negative opinion of you. Mayweather is immensely talented, everyone knows, but there's not a single boxing historian who thinks Mayweather is as good as he thinks he is. Less objectively, for fans who particularly dislike his arrogance, there is going to be an intense urge to downplay even his legitimate achievements. When you behave the way Mayweather does, you are going to earn this reaction from some percentage of the boxing audience, even if it's not wholly justified.
The media that Mayweather thinks mistreats him so badly is composed of human beings. It's not easy for a lot of human beings to look at a character like this and give him a fair shake when he is right, or when he does something kind (as he does, from time to time, even if sometimes the kindness of those acts are intensely tiny, such as with a charity of his that was shown to pay a good deal of salary to its employees but raise very little actual cash). It's even harder when that person directly mistreats or attacks you, and Mayweather constantly attacks the media and specific members of it. A journalists' job is to segregate out those feelings, of course, but it makes it harder. When Mayweather's excellence in the ring is downplayed by reporters, or when his negative traits are played up in news stories, some of that is because Mayweather poked them with a stick.
And this has an inverse, too. Pacquiao is thought of as a "good guy" for many of the ways he is exactly the opposite of Mayweather. He never tells boxing writers "You don't know shit about boxing" or calls for them to be fired like Mayweather does. He doesn't brag about his money; he gives so many millions of them away he's practically poor, by many accounts. He is humble to a fault. He's never attacked anyone with epithets for their race or sexual orientation. He's never stood accused, let alone convicted, of abusing women. He doesn't play the villain at all; he's almost annoyingly vanilla.
Like Mayweather does good things that get overlooked, Pacquiao does bad things that get less scrutiny, as Ellerbe pointed out about Mayweather's dogfighting proclivities being subjected to criticism compared to Pacquiao's cockfighting proclivities getting significantly less attention.
There is a double standard. And it isn't always right. But Mayweather came by it honestly. If he had the self-awareness to recognize how much he brought it on himself, maybe he could do something about it other than whine about it and rage against it all the time. Instead, all he's doing with his response to it is making it that much worse. It's difficult for even the most fair-minded people to get worked up about whatever minor injustices Mayweather suffers as a result of it all.
I don't know why I hadn't finished this until now, but I'm with you on Floyd. I've never been particularly attracted to his attitude period, and now that he's become almost a caricature of himself, I'm even less interested in him on a personal level. I admit, though I've only met him twice, both times he was very affable. He signed a glove for me for a charity auction the first time and chatted for a bit, etc. That made it even more grating that he'd choose to pimp himself out like that in public. I get that it sells, and I don't fault him for making money, but the domestic stuff kinda put it over the top for me.
As for Manny, just wanted to quickly say that right as he was beginning to get popular here, there were actually a number of Filipino publications that reported he'd be out drinking and womanizing, occasionally getting into bar fights. Not quite on the level of hitting the mother of your kids, but I actually remember a story about him getting drunk and tearing up a pool hall that was yanked by the website a day or two later. Take that for what it is, but I think he has some not exactly kosher tendencies himself. Regardless, how he carries himself most of the time counts for something.
i can't wait to see Pacman beat this sissy to a pulp so we won't waste anymore media time and resources for this good-for-nothing racist ... i just wish that time would come...
nice article, tim. agree with you all the way. but one other thing that makes floyd hard to like is he twists facts. he is a master deceiver. time and again he lies to the public. but his lies aren't just simple fibs. his lies defame people just to bring up his name. isn't it really annoying when one accuses you of something you're innocent of but the guy accusing you is actually the one doing it? that's floyd. one small example of this is when he says pac mentions his name all the time to promote his fights when it's floyd who always does this. and this happens all the time, not just with pac. another thing is that he is disrespectful. it's bad enough that he's arrogant but sometimes arrogance is limited to self. with floyd, it is transmitted to other people. no one likes to be disrespected and that's how he is. even to his father.
@mayivaldes Initial failed negotiations to me looked fake. But, later on, it impressed upon me that the fight will never be made. Floyd is asking way too much money because his pride rests upon how much he can get from a fight the public is demanded on him. He does not want terms dictated on him. So much is more at stake for Money than the Pacman. As months and years go by Floyd is will lose the PR war with Manny even with the fight not happening. What can change that? A short stint in jail may not do him any good. He'll be more proud when he gets out. Let's just take it for what it is. Let the powers that be making Mayweather vs Cotto a good boxing event come May 5.
Fact is Mayweather is still running scared of Pacquiao.. They both get old and still havent seen these guys fought..Just so sad..
@remy etienne lebeau I can't even imagine why he should be scared of Pacquiao based on how he's looked of late. But when Mayweather goes around saying Pacquiao won't get a 50-50 split, you wonder if he's still got some trepidation.
@tstarks Pacquiao did not look great against Marquez.. But what can you get from a fighter who keep on moving backwards trying to survive a fight? If Pacquiao doesnt move forward there is no fight.. Even that Marquez's still has lumps and bruises that he never get from Mayweather. And Mayweather knows he will get the same when they fight.. Which will result to less money on his next fights..
Another fact is, Mayweather knows his defensive style of fighting is the wrong style of fighting a fast, sharp shooter guy that continiously throws power punches that one of those punches will eventually connects and brutally catch him. A hit and not get hit fighter's nightmare. Hatton, De la Hoya and Margarito's face, just the thought would give him goosebumps. 12 rounds of not getting hit, now that I call GREAT.
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Wow Tim, you just said the truth there..It all makes sense and just about what REALITY is, which is by the way, unknown to Floyd Mayweather.
it's because Floyd Mayweather is a dumbest liar............................liar as in and boxing fans and sport writers knows that...