Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Part 2 - Urban Teen Heroes - the twisted morality of the streets - fanning the fires of discontent? Floyd Mayweather, self-proclaimed greatest boxer in history


That is a pretty hefty claim, to say a welterweight boxer is better than the legendary Joe Louis, Mohammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, or Michael Tyson.  They might just box the ears off the arrogant cash flasher.

Floyd is the person everyone loves to hate, because he gives everyone lots to hate.

Mayweather once gave a radio interview in which he said people sometimes ask him why he hasn’t “given to Africa.”

“Well, what has Africa given to us?” he said.

Joe Louis

“You hear people talking about, ‘Well he should give that to charity’ ... No, I should donate to Floyd Mayweather.”

The fighter has also been accused of beating five women, including a 2010 attack on Josie Harris in front of their son, Koraun. He did two months in prison for the assault.

From the MGM Grand on May 2 to homes across America, boxing fans rained boos on Flamboyant Floyd — but the only sound the welterweight champ could hear was the ka-ching of cash registers.

The May 2 fight made him the highest-paid champ in boxing history, Mayweather hardly seemed to notice he was also one of the most reviled.

Mohammad Ali

“The check’s got nine figures on it, baby,” Mayweather bragged Sunday, as he waved the first of two $100 million checks he earned for beating Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision in Las Vegas.  The pay-per-view revenue would drive his total take to over $200 million.

“No pictures, though,” he warned reporters. “Don’t want any pictures of it.

Sugar Ray Robinson

He did say he would take one million dollars in bundles of $250,000 each and share them with the prostitutes in Las Vegas.  It seems only appropriate to follow up pay-per-view with pay-to-play.

"Money" Mayweather, as he likes to be known, loves to have bags with millions of dollars in his bed, house, car, or whatever.

Jack Johnson

Of course, it is good he wins those hundreds of millions because it keeps him at the head of the pack as one of the most irresponsible spenders of the modern celebrity era.

Floyd baby has an image to keep up in order to be the role model he thinks he should be for all those aspiring kids stuck in the urban ghetto.

Jack Dempsey

Be like "Money".  He has millions of dollars in cars.

in planes,

in mansions,

in jewelry,

and God knows what else.

The welterweight titleholder has also earned the ire of boxing fans, who are less impressed by his 48-0 record than they are repulsed by his constant bragging, his selfishness, and his history of assaults on women.

Mayweather, who had a net worth of more than $300 million before the fight, has gained a reputation for extreme greed.

Mike Tyson

After winning, Mayweather jumped up onto the ropes and flexed his biceps for the crowd — which responded with vigorous boos.

He was later caught on a cellphone camera yelling at hecklers: “I told you so! I told you so!”

He admitted the crowd was against him, saying he was grateful the judges were not swayed.

After the fight, Mayweather took a pummeling on Twitter.

The Rev. Edward Beck, a Roman Catholic priest from New York, wrote: “Don’t understand how we make a serial batterer of women a national cultural hero. What does this say to our youth? #Mayweather is no winner.”

Newspaper headlines say it all.

His focus on money, strippers, and suicide are insane influences in kids looking for hope and guidance, not arrogance and indifference.

We need a new set of real heroes for our youth.  Greed is yesterday's news and people like Mayweather belong in the forgotten past, not in our face today.


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