Keidel: No Money In Mayweather

By Jason Keidel

Boxing has long drowned us in the wrong form of parody. But it wasn’t always so.

For those under 30, it’s nearly impossible for you to believe that boxing was an essential sport, the paradox of artistic barbarism. But it was. It was a place of the pauper, the outcast, the convict and the converted, where a kid could go from chump to champ with one punch. Clumsy theatrics aside, “Rocky” was an authentic premise, the story of a thousand fighters burned into history books.

And it was, believe it or not, the template for sportsmanship, where two men tapped gloves, assaulted each other, then hugged with taped hands, swollen torsos, and mangled faces. Smiles were distorted by bleeding slabs of scar tissue on the brow as the fighter explained his tactics to Don Dunphy.

It was great for all the reasons Floyd Mayweather isn’t.

“As soon as we come back from vacation, we’re going to cook that little yellow chump,” Mayweather said during the infamous YouTube rant that would make John Rocker blush.

Manny Pacquiao, a native of the Philippines, was the target of the invective. “We gonna cook that mother f—– with some cats and dogs,” Mayweather continued. “Rice with a little bit of cat, rice with a little bit of barbecued dog.”

There’s more, but you get it. Every critical adjective has been attached when there’s no need. Just watch it.

Talking smack was the ancient mandate because you knew the fighters didn’t really mean it. It was a pretext for ticket sales. Muhammad Ali was the lyrical motif of boxing for nearly two decades, taking bad poetry and making good on canvas. Eventually, fight purses became guaranteed but some good, concocted hatred sparked pay-per-view sales.

Boxing, its talent now drained by other sports that pay the same money with half the danger, now presents Mayweather as its sad spokesman. “Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that mother f—– make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.”

He really said it.

The phone book is stuffed with advocacy groups primed to attack such conduct. They are disturbingly – but not surprisingly – silent, moonwalking from a case that has no cachet for them. I don’t have to tell you why, but I will.

Filipinos don’t count, obscure people from an obscure land. They are victims of the duplicitous thorns of political correctness. You can imagine the screeching rebukes had Pacquiao said similar things about Mayweather. Indeed, Pacquiao would likely be barred from fighting in the United States.

Then there was the expected but ineffective pseudo-apology, the abstract, “I didn’t mean it in a bad way,” refrain. Did you mean it in a good way, Floyd?

“It’s an uneducated message,” said Pacquiao, taking the high road unknown to Mayweather’s Escalade.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – yes, he’s a junior and a coward – attacked Pacquiao with the long arm of technology. Mayweather fights from his kitchen, a safe continent away from Manny’s wheelhouse.

Mayweather has said, on record, that he’s better than Ali and Ray Robinson. If you know anything about boxing you know the treasonous tone of that assertion. Not only is Mayweather a fraction of those fighters, he’s not nearly the man.

Ali, a civil rights icon, fought Sonny Liston when no one would. Robinson fought Jake LaMotta six (six!) times when no one would. Mayweather is a pop culture creature, known more for his vacations than his vocation, uneducated and unaware of the historical heft of his predecessors. Known for voracious gambling, perhaps he’s busy dropping ten grand at the sports book.

Or perhaps he’s busy slapping women and stealing their stuff.

According to The Associated Press, Mayweather was arrested Friday on charges of beating his ex-girlfriend in front of their three children. The woman he allegedly battered was treated at a Las Vegas hospital and has filed an order of protection from “Money” Mayweather. In the complaint, she also claims he threatened to kill her and that he stole her iPhone. Mayweather wasn’t his loquacious self during his perp walk from the Clark County jail after he posted $3,000 bail.

It’s hard to say which is more disturbing – his stream-of-consciousness rap or his burgeoning rap sheet. Mayweather has been arrested many times since 2002 (according to the A.P. report), all involving violence unsanctioned by boxing.

Mayweather is a small man who makes loud noises. At 33, his dwindling followers reflect his diminishing talent. He was a gifted boxer who toed the verbal line long enough to convince us to punch the “buy” button on the remote. Floyd fights only with his mouth these days, his star fading into a sport that is long past dusk.

Feel free to email me: Jakster1@mac.com

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  1. Alex Jorge says:

    Jason Very well written and said! See you soon for the Sunday Jet Games!

  2. fightfist says:

    That uneducated video of Mayweather is what I call “hitting below the belt” outside boxing.
    Floyd Jr. is a P.E.S.T. (Pathetic, envious, stupid trash)

  3. SecondsOut says:

    FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT MISSED THIS PIECE HERE IT IS AGAIN (AND ITS SOOOO TRUE!)

    BY ‘the unsilent majority’

    Ali talked the talk but walked the walk too and fought EVERYBODY.
    To be Great, you have to fight the best opponents available: Ali did, floyd hasn”t.
    floyd has cherry-picked for 9 years and never fought the following top guys:
    Miguel Cotto
    Manny Pacquiao
    Antonio Margarito
    Paul Williams
    Andre Berto
    Cory Spinks
    the late Vernon Forrest
    Kostya Tszyu
    Joel Casamayor
    Stevie Johnston
    Paul Spadafora
    When floyd was 130 lb Champ, Prince Naseem Hamed was 126 lb Champ, but no fight with Naseem, nor:
    Eric Morales
    Marco Antonio Barrera.
    floyd DUCKED Mosely for 8 years till Mosely was almost 40 years and and shot: that was made perfectly clear when wild-swinging Ricardo Mayorga of all people was giving Mosley a boxing lesson until getting KO’d in the last rd.
    floyd thought, “it’s time to fight Mosley.”
    And Castillo whupped floyd’s @$$ and got robbed on the cards.
    Judah ought to have a DQ win over floyd too because crack-head roger entered the ring during the rd and went after Judah. That’s an automatic DQ.
    Incompetent corrupt ref doing what the promoter wanted.
    floyd’s a good skillful boxer something in the order of Michael Nunn, but floyd will not go down as a Great fighter because he DUCKED the most dangerous men for 9 years. Ricky Hatton is the sole top guy that floyd fought in 9 years.

  4. XD says:

    FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT MISSED THIS PIECE HERE IT IS AGAIN (AND ITS SOOOO TRUE!)

    BY ‘the unsilent majority’

    Ali talked the talk but walked the walk too and fought EVERYBODY.
    To be Great, you have to fight the best opponents available: Ali did, floyd hasn”t.
    floyd has cherry-picked for 9 years and never fought the following top guys:
    Miguel Cotto
    Manny Pacquiao
    Antonio Margarito
    Paul Williams
    Andre Berto
    Cory Spinks
    the late Vernon Forrest
    Kostya Tszyu
    Joel Casamayor
    Stevie Johnston
    Paul Spadafora
    When floyd was 130 lb Champ, Prince Naseem Hamed was 126 lb Champ, but no fight with Naseem, nor:
    Eric Morales
    Marco Antonio Barrera.
    floyd DUCKED Mosely for 8 years till Mosely was almost 40 years and and shot: that was made perfectly clear when wild-swinging Ricardo Mayorga of all people was giving Mosley a boxing lesson until getting KO’d in the last rd.
    floyd thought, “it’s time to fight Mosley.”
    And Castillo whupped floyd’s @$$ and got robbed on the cards.
    Judah ought to have a DQ win over floyd too because crack-head roger entered the ring during the rd and went after Judah. That’s an automatic DQ.
    Incompetent corrupt ref doing what the promoter wanted.
    floyd’s a good skillful boxer something in the order of Michael Nunn, but floyd will not go down as a Great fighter because he DUCKED the most dangerous men for 9 years. Ricky Hatton is the sole top guy that floyd fought in 9 years.

  5. SecondsOut says:

    WELL SAID ‘the unsilent majority’ I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER!

  6. jjb says:

    @ Wowzers1: If Floyd is half as great as you said he is, I guess asking him to fight Pacquiao is not too much to ask from him.

  7. kyoss says:

    nice one!
    more power to you. . . .

  8. Ken says:

    yeah there is no money in Mayweather even though he holds the PPV record in boxing for 2010 and destroyed the 1 WW just a few months ago.

    so stupid

  9. new era says:

    There are still some die hard fans and believers of the best (in domestic violence) boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. But if he really that great, why he can’t prove it in the ring against the best out there. Instead he just do the fighting not with his fist but with his smelly mouth. Common friend wake up. Floyd is a big joke.

  10. Mario H. Casuga says:

    Don’t be too harsh on Mayweather. Like it or not, his fight with Pacquiao, if and when it happens, is still being billed the “war of the century.” For this reason alone, Mayweather still holds his weight in gold in the pugilistic universe. Besides, no matter Mayweather might have cherry-picked his opponents, his unblemished record and his fiery lashing mouth are driving fans worldwide into a frenzy. For now, common sense dictates let’s just cross our fingers and hope that the most anticipated collision between these two boxing behemoths will go through. Besides, this much-hyped “Manny versus Money” spectacle just might give the sport of boxing, which is now in virtual life support, a much needed shot in the arm. So let’s have patience my friends. These boxing titans will be able to fill Jone’s state-of-the-art arena to the rafters and generate gazillions in PPV revenues. For all intents and purposes, this galactic phenomenon will go down as the greatest fight ever in boxing history — and this is NO BULL!!!

  11. Kojie says:

    While I do agree with most of what the writer said, I’d beg to differ on boxing being in the “long past dusk” category. To the writer, judging from the comments this article received, would you still say that boxing is dead when almost all the articles in this website do not receive any comment at all? No, boxing isn’t dead. It’s AMERICAN writers like you who thinks it is. Get off that lazy couch and check out the world around you. Boxing is not even remotely near death. Why would non-american countries have active boxers treated as heroes? Get my point?

  12. Dan Rightcross says:

    It is sad that because of the antics of one uneducated man, fight fans became divided along racial lines. There is no basis for this. Filipinos and Black Americans have always been friendly with each other. They share a love for music, for combat sports, and embrace a rich and colorful culture. Don’t let Floyd influence your thinking. He does not typify our Black American. He is an abomination and is starting to be a bore.

  13. nathan says:

    WHY ARE FILIPINOS NOT UPSET OR UP IN ARMS?

    Because for Flips it can be racist: its a black dude who is saying these things and Pinoys cant imagine black guys being racist.

    But if a white guy said that like Ricky Hatton, Pinoys would be upset and claim racial stereotyping. But when some uneducated black dude says it, its to be expected.

    1. manuel says:

      NO the Filipinos will NOT because
      Who believes this A-hole anyways right…

    2. Don DiMaggio says:

      There is no balance in America ! Floyd is a great fighter! Quit haten because people have their own opinion and are entitled right or wrong. For you cowards that have never been in the ring you have no clue. Quit acting like your gonna fight somebody you’d probably get knocked out and then call the cops! SugarRayRobinson was off the chain so don’t nobody talk about RayRobinson! Lol!

      1. jasmilpitas says:

        America will never be balanced, were you just born! Its not Hating if its true. Cowards, like your girl PBF wife beater and runner, he should of been a track star cuz any sign of real competition.

        But hey, I boxed and wrestled since I was 10, I am a Black belt in BJJ and now 22, but anytime your in San Jose, come by AKA and we can talk

        PBF is a Dam Coward and fool!!!

  14. maze says:

    Floyd jr will marry his closest friend rapper 50 cent, that’s the truth my friends. He’s so gay he wanted to pound pacman with words.

  15. Roger says:

    Thanks for this article. Mayweather really deserves a harsher rebuke than he has thus far received.

  16. mike says:

    Where are the talkative U.S. reverends to denounce Gayweather?

  17. RedSqrl says:

    Richard Bastien

    Maybe you should scan and display your asset declaration that way you can get a pre nuptial agreement . LOL

  18. KeepTheAmericanWayItWorks says:

    Eloquently written. I thank you for this piece, not as a Filipino, but as an avid boxing fan and a person who believes in what’s right. For a minute there I thought I was reading a column from some conservative website or from Fox, I would have never guessed this kind of article be published on a CBS website. There is an atmosphere in America where African Americans cannot be criticized anymore, if you do, you are branded as racist, prejudiced, bigot or plain stupid. I wonder what will happen to a white guy who says these invictive words, (i.e John Rocker, Don Imus). Maraming Salamat. MABUHAY

  19. qwertyuiop says:

    oh man. this is bad publicity for reebok.

  20. Chicago guy says:

    Pretty soon Floydie will resume his vacation in jail

  21. standing by says:

    to wowzerst
    floyd should apologize to all asians for his derogatory remarks. and then retire
    so he can talk some more for all he wants as all cowards do.

  22. RP says:

    Before “Cleaning up Boxing”. He should first “Clean up his family problems” and stop following your father’s/uncle’s foot steps.

  23. boyax says:

    to all boxing promoters better not to give fight to moneywether anymore , let him to retire by force.

  24. Richard Bastien says:

    I want a Pre Nup

  25. loco says:

    wowsers1: wow another stupid maynever fan

  26. Daniel says:

    “you can’t deny that he’s a brilliant marketer”

    Wow you Mayweather fans dont know any other excuses do you? You kidding me?! “Yeah lets make a racist video and then I’ll slap my sugarmoma around, it’s gonna be gold! Gold!”

    Don’t fool yourselves, this will definitely backfire on “Money” – there is such a thing as bad marketing…

  27. Wowzers1 says:

    I’m not a floyd fan and I wanted to add that it was wrong for him to make those comments and Filipinos should be up in arms over it. But just because he has issues out side of the ring doesn’t mean he’s great inside of it and I didn’t see any erosion of his talents when he whopped Shane.

    1. jasmilpitas says:

      shane took one for the team, how can you be gassed out and winded in after round 2 and still finish the fight, thats why the belt was not on the line, get a clue buddy and know your role!!!!

  28. wowzers1 says:

    Ali demoralized Joe Fraizer w/ black on black rants. I guess because it’s two Negro’s or colored people dueling it out that makes it alright. He is in the same vein as Ali and is more skilled defensively. He’s dominated all the fighters put in front of him. You may not like his antics, but you can’t deny that he’s a brilliant marketer. Yes he can say that he’s the best that’s what America is all about good ol chest thumping race hating & baiting. America loves the docile Negro and “Hated” Ali and considered him a traitor don’t forget that. Sugar Ray Robinson ended broke and quitting on his stool. He & Ali both great fighters, but don’t try & rob a man of his greatness because he says stupid things. He without sin cast the first stone. As far as the woman beating comment this is the same woman who previously lied about being attacked. We don’t know what occurred on that night. Are you a reporter or just a fan that’s lost a ton of “Money” on the Sugar Shane fight?

    1. jasmilpitas says:

      Are you really that dumb, when they handed out courage, he was absent as well as when they were handing out diplomas, he was absent, they ship has sailed and he fought men past their prime, like Generro Hernandez all the way up teeny tiny marquez at a catch weight which he came in over the limit. If this is your meaning of greatness, may be you should set the bar a bit higher so your kids will have a future

    2. the unsilent majority says:

      Ali talked the talk but walked the walk too and fought EVERYBODY.
      To be Great, you have to fight the best opponents available: Ali did, floyd hasn”t.
      floyd has cherry-picked for 9 years and never fought the following top guys:
      Miguel Cotto
      Manny Pacquiao
      Antonio Margarito
      Paul Williams
      Andre Berto
      Cory Spinks
      the late Vernon Forrest
      Kostya Tszyu
      Joel Casamayor
      Stevie Johnston
      Paul Spadafora

      When floyd was 130 lb Champ, Prince Naseem Hamed was 126 lb Champ, but no fight with Naseem, nor:
      Eric Morales
      Marco Antonio Barrera.

      floyd DUCKED Mosely for 8 years till Mosely was almost 40 years and and shot: that was made perfectly clear when wild-swinging Ricardo Mayorga of all people was giving Mosley a boxing lesson until getting KO’d in the last rd.
      floyd thought, “it’s time to fight Mosley.”🙂

      And Castillo whupped floyd’s @$$ and got robbed on the cards.
      Judah ought to have a DQ win over floyd too because crack-head roger entered the ring during the rd and went after Judah. That’s an automatic DQ.
      Incompetent corrupt ref doing what the promoter wanted.

      floyd’s a good skillful boxer something in the order of Michael Nunn, but floyd will not go down as a Great fighter because he DUCKED the most dangerous men for 9 years. Ricky Hatton is the sole top guy that floyd fought in 9 years.

    3. ASUS says:

      Hahahaha…. When Mayweather commits crimes he should be forgiven.
      When Pacquiao is accused of something without a single proof he is guilty. lol.

    4. Don DiMaggio says:

      That was very well put Sir.

    5. jjb says:

      Wow! If Floyd is half as great as you said he is, I guess asking him to fight Pacquiao is not too much to ask from him.

    6. FMRAMIREZ says:

      who is great? Floyd? Oh c’mon. he is just in the shadow of pacman, envy of all the fame that pacman reaped. Look even his monicker from Pretty Boy he changed to money to be similar to Manny. If he is great he should fight the best fighter in Manny Pacman Pacquiao but sad to say he is a COWARD!

  29. the unsilent majority says:

    In 2002 floyd pled guilty to 2 charges of beating 2 women.
    In 2003 another domestic violence charge on another woman (Harris) but she recanted over their kids.
    In 2004 another battery charge against 2 more women in a club (suspended sentence and fine), and floyd did community service for assaulting a doorman.
    In 2009 a drive-by shooting from his car at the rink and his house was searched.
    In 2010, a racist vid and a charge for beating a woman (Harris) in front of the kids, theft, and threatening the kids when the mother screamed to call 911.

    1. Venraj MAJORMAJOR says:

      Really? omg!!!!
      Simply incredible…….

    2. JOHN AGAGON says:

      Your list is just a tip of the iceberg. Coward Maynever fought more in the court of law than in the ring.

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