The words Ashley Theophane deploys to describe Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. Theopane is from London. He is a sparring partner of boxing’s richest fighter. He is part of the world’s most “monied” athlete’s pre-fight training camp.
His name is Ashley, but he is not a woman.
It would be interesting to hear if the victims of Mayweather’s crimes outside of the boxing ring would buy into such sycophantic soundbites.
Like being caught flush on the chin by a Money uppercut, it feels like millions of pugilism fans and non-boxing devotees have been duped and dizzied by the ridiculous hyperbole that clamped itself to what was being billed as the “fight of the century”, that is, before another one comes along.
To the highly concerning point where Mayweather’s dismal treatment of women has been worryingly swept aside merely as a minor character flaw.
Or maybe the vast Boxing pay-per-view TV audience simply do not want to know the truth about who and what their hefty subscription went towards when Mayweather met Manny Pacquiao last year. $99 (£64) in the US and £20 for the privilege of watching during the night over here. Thank you very much, says Mr Money, a man who is comfortable hitting his former partners like sparring partners.
Mayweather has earned an estimated £400 million from his 49 unbeaten fights. According to reports, he could add at least another £100m to that total if he were to offer Pacquiao a rematch. The world in which we live finds a way to reward arbitrators of domestic violence with flithy lucre.
Sparring partner Theophane is on the Floyd payroll. What else would he say in trying to portray Mayweather? But what about his darker side?
It has been mentioned at plenty of outposts, but it is worth restating the point because it merits as much coverage as his freak show. All that is missing is the sound of Don King for the full mad house.
Mr Money’s criminal record is every bit as important as the tale of the tape: the biggest fight in boxing history rewarded (with £117.5m) a serial woman beater who spent time in prison several years ago for domestic violence against his former partner.
I take you back to 2001 and Mayweather’s fight against Diego Corrales – a man facing jail time himself for assaulting his pregnant wife. Knowing this, and using all of the usual wind-up tactics to get under Corrales’ skin, Mayweather dedicated his performance to all “the battered women in the world”.
That’s rich, Floyd. And I’m not talking about the kind of money rich you are.
Mayweather has been charged with domestic abuse five times since the Corrales’ fight.
He was convicted in 2011 in Nevada after he had repeatedly punched the wife of his children’s mother on the back of the skull.
“For some reason I still get anxiety when I know that he is on his way,” said Josie Harris, the mother of three of his four kids in an interview with USA today. “I have no idea why, but I get really overwhelmed when I know that I have to be around him.”
Read full interview: Life with Floyd Mayweather: ‘I was a battered woman’
It is rather astonishing that Mr Money has been topping up his vast reserves of new money rather than being holed up in the clink. Three months for such behaviour (and serving only two) sounds unbelievable in a land known for its unforgiving penal system. It all sounds about as bent as, well, boxing.
Forgive for me being old fashioned, but why is such a man continuing to be allowed to thrive? Mayweather’s behaviour should see him banned or tossed out for bringing the sport into disrepute.
Despite its nickname of ‘the noble art’, boxing is not so noble, littered with figures who continue to cash in despite having violent attitudes towards women. Convicted rapist Mike Tyson and Derek ‘Del Boy’ Chisora, who had a suspended sentence for assaulting his girlfriend, immediately spring to mind, but there are plenty of others.
Mayweather is a man who was denied a visa to Australia last year because of his criminal record yet he has been protected in Nevada because of what he brings to the state.
When ESPN quizzed Mayweather ahead of the fight about his violence against women, he refused to apologise. He found it difficult to identify what he had done wrong. There is no Mayweather act of contrition looming.
It would be interesting to know how many of the lynch mob who wanted the former Sheffield United football player and convicted rapist Ched Evans booted out of football paid the £20 subscription fee to watch the fight in the early hours of the morning.
It is beyond the pale to rape a woman, but it can be overlooked when they are used as a human punch bag?
It is also worth pointing out that Mayweather’s temper is not a one-off. While his “0” losses remained intact in the ring, it is common knowledge that he has thumped women outside it.
At least five women have allegedly been assaulted by Mayweather over the past 15 years. One woman was walloped with a car door and hit on the neck, another woman was punched in the jaw and another felt Money’s power on the back of the neck with a several rabbit punches. He would later beat the mother of his children in front of his children.
Mayweather had a harsh upbringing that is typical of plenty of boxers, but being dragged up is no excuse for anti-social behaviour. Plenty of fine people have had no guidance.
Mayweather represents the worst excesses of man as you witness in his bizarre posts on social media outlets such as Instagram. Greed for money, abuse of power and physical abuse of women. Classic machismo from a darker age of misogyny that is given oxygen in boxing.
Like his cars, he views women as purchases rather than people.
“How a female dresses is her advertisement. If a female shows half of her body, she’s asking to be disrespected. If she dresses classy, expect to be treated like a lady. How you’re addressed lies on your attire. Sexy is a spirit, not an outfit.”
Unlike Theophane, It is difficult to see the funny side of Floyd Mayweather, an ill individual who deserves a large dose of his own medicine.
Despite Mayweathers’ latest attempt at convincing the world he’s retired, let us hope natural justice catches up with him. Let us hope Mayweather grants a rematch with Manny Pacquico, national hero of the Philippines, so he can do what Nevada’s law makers failed to do. A knock-out blow to such a grotesque figure should be welcomed by all straight shooters for what it represents.