Not everyone covering tonight's (Sat., May 2, 2015) pay-per-view (PPV) "Fight of the Century" between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, have been running with the ho-hum super-fight storylines.
Some reporters, namely Rachel Nichols of CNN and Michelle Beadle of ESPN, have been reminding fight fans that the undefeated "Money" is a woman beater who has been convicted of multiple crimes in the past. Similarly, Keith Olbermann of ESPN called for a boycott of the super fight because of Mayweather's history of domestic violence.
Of course, the champ has no interest in people digging up his criminal past, so he opted to pull the credentials of the aforementioned ladies just hours before the PPV is set to begin.
"After the Mayweather camp learned that Beadle had publicly condemned Mayweather for his history of violence against women, they—via their network, the CBS-owned Showtime—denied Beadle a press credential for the fight. Mayweather/Showtime also revoked a press credential to CNN's Rachel Nichols, who relentlessly grilled Mayweather over his history of domestic violence last year. A source closely connected to these events tells Deadspin that Mayweather's publicist, Kelly Swanson, told producers there's 'no way' Nichols gets in."
Apparently, partly because of the report and resulting backlash, Beadle was able to get her credential reinstated late last evening, but she will not appear at the event tonight.
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