Floyd Mayweather put his hands on the mother of his three children and served 60 days in Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, back in 2012.
In addition to the wrist slap, "Money" was forced to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a nominal $2,500 fine, which is chump change for a man who will earn upward of $180 million when he fights Manny Pacquiao this weekend (Sat., May 2, 2015) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the most part, coverage of Mayweather has been positive -- he is finally giving boxing fans the blockbuster they have wanted to see for more than five years. But, fortunately, there are a handful of media members who aren't shy about taking the six-time "Fighter of the Year" to task about his checkered past outside the squared circle.
John Barr of ESPN's "Outside the Lines" investigative series is chief among them. Just watch this exchange:
Barr's contemporary, Keith Olbermann, took it once step further, asking fans to boycott what has been referred to as the "Fight of the Century." If nothing else, it is the "Fight of a Generation" that would seemingly be impossible to miss.
Regardless, Olbermann makes his case:
"The juries have already ruled on Floyd Mayweather, five times. In a report this afternoon on Outside the Lines John Barr told of Floyd Mayweather's record of criminal violence against women, which cascades down upon you like an avalanche.... You will support this excuse for a man? You will help him continue to behave as if his conduct is acceptable in the 21st century, or the 20th, or the 19th? I won't. I regret this deeply. I met Manny Pacquiao last year, and a quieter, more respectful, more dignified boxer I've never encountered. May he make millions more, but I will not give Floyd Mayweather a dime."
In a world where major sports leagues such as the National Football League (NFL) are, rightfully, cracking down on women beaters, it would certainly be refreshing for athletic commissions, which regulate boxing and its athletes, follow suit.
Then again, Mayweather is the Golden Goose and his future fights are numbered. It's a fine line for an entity such as Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) even if it's ugly and insults common decency. It doesn't help that commission members are visibly enamored with Mayweather each time he's hauled in for explanations.
So, then, it is up to you decide whether or not to cough up a Benjamin to watch (or not watch) the world's best boxer in the fight of his life this Saturday night in "Sin City."
For his part, Mayweather wants you to focus on what's about to happen inside the ring and not what may -- or may not -- have transpired outside of it. Because as he recently informed Stephen A. Smith during an ESPN "Sunday Conversation," there was never any tangible proof of abuse.
"There's nothing cool about going to jail, going to prison and getting locked up. Sometimes you surround yourself with negative people who are going through a bunch of bull crap that they aren't supposed to be in, but since you are with them, your name is attached to it. And I know for a fact, even with me going to jail, if I really did what they say I did as far as beating and stomping a woman ... I'm Floyd Mayweather, they would have brought pictures out instantly. Still, no pictures, no nothing. But, like I said before, you live and you learn — it was just another obstacle put in my way. I can get passed it.... Everything happens for a reason. I just look at my ancestors and see what they went through. If they were able to survive what they went through, then I was going to be A-OK. I'm a fighter. And no matter what anyone says about me, I'm happy with myself."
Yep, no pics. Just a plea deal and a conviction.