Somebody is looking for "Money."
Undefeated boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. was called before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) last month to answer for charges that he was running a pugilistic sweatshop, one that consisted of putting up-and-coming boxers Hasim and Sharif Rahman through 31-minute rounds.
Known by Mayweather Promotions as the "Dog House."
"Money" told the commission that clips aired on Showtime's "All Access" were glamorized to help sell his pay-per-view (PPV) fight against Marcos Maidana and that nobody under his employ would ever do such a dastardly deed. Since Mayweather generates a zillion dollars for "Sin City," NSAC bro-fisted him and sent him on his merry way.
But if the commission won't take action over the alleged infractions, then perhaps the courts will.
The Rahmans are suing Mayweather -- along with the cable network -- for battery, tortious assault, false imprisonment, negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention and unjust enrichment after Sharif, 18, was injured and forced to seek medical care.
The suit alleges a bystander told Sharif to leave the ring because he was no longer able to effectively compete with (Donovan) Cameron. However, it goes on to say that Mayweather himself would not allow Sharif Rahman to quit. The suit charges Mayweather personally ordered Cameron to go after Sharif Rahman and continue the fight if he left the ring.
Mayweather "responded by telling Mr. Cameron and others that if Sharif left the ring to beat his ass outside the ring," the suit claims. "Sharif feared for his safety and was forced to continue to fight."
The suit further alleges that Hasim Rahman Jr. arrived and demanded to fight Cameron in essence to avenge the beating his younger brother took. The suit claims Mayweather said the Rahman Jr.-Cameron sparring session would be "a fight to the death," and that Mayweather bet large sums of money on Cameron to win.
Not a good look for the previously incarcerated champion.
"Guys fight to the death," Mayweather said. "It's not right, but it's 'Dog House' rules.'" See the "All Access" video in question right here (starting at the 7:25 mark). "Money" also told NSAC the marijuana seen smoking on the Showtime preview special was fake.
The commission was willing to look the other way ... how about the courts?
Time will tell.