During his epic career, Floyd Mayweather repeatedly made headlines for his big wins. With an undefeated fight record, the Michigan born sports star also became an entertainment personality as talk shows fought (more aggressively than any of his opponents) to interview him.
But while 40-year-old Mayweather may have been successful in the ring, on talk show couches he is completely hopeless. He may have all the money in the world having earned a reported $1 billion over his career, but apparently Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather cannot afford any manners or tact. How could we forget his September 2017 interview where he boasted of having seven girlfriends, because “having one is too close to having none.” Or that time he told Jimmy Kimmel that he went into the strip club business because he knew “breasts, vagina, music and alcohol will never go out of style.” There was also that time he claimed not to know who Ronda Rousey was, despite her many high-profile wins, after she challenged him to a fight. In retaliation, the Olympic bronze medal-winner offensively referred to Rousey as “he”. This sort of talk may be good smack-talk prior to a fight, but in the real world, Mayweather just comes across a bit like a douche. So, when Men’s Health interviewed the star for their February issue it was clear that he was guaranteed to say something controversial and insensitive. However that didn’t stop the interviewer from asking the former world champion about his thoughts on the #MeToo movement. The movement, inspired by the sexual harassment culture in Hollywood, has gained mass attention in the past few months. Aimed to try and end injustices towards women, #MeToo has the full support of many high-profile celebrities. But given Mayweather’s colorful criminal record, featuring several crimes against women, he was seen as an unlikely supporter. Mayweather, of course, has famously been involved in many domestic assault cases. The first arose in 2002 when he was charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanor battery. Two years later he was given a one-year suspended jail sentence after being convicted on two counts of misdemeanor battery against two women in a nightclub. In 2011, clearly not having learned his lesson, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in county jail for battery upon his former girlfriend, Josie Harris. After discussing his latest ventures, which include his gentleman’s club, virtual reality boxing game and the opening of his gym in Los Angeles, the interviewer – who, it’s important to point out, was female – brazenly asked the sport icon: “We’re asking a lot of men, in light of the #MeToo movement, how men can grow in 2018.” Clearly confused, Mayweather simply responded: “The who?” “The #MeToo movement. Women speaking out about sexual assault,” the interviewer prompts, to which Floyd says: “When you say ‘me too’ … When somebody is like, ‘I got a Rolls Royce, I be like ‘me too.’ When somebody say they got a private jet, I say, ‘Me too. I got two. Me too’.” Evidently disturbed by Mayweather’s response, the interviewer begins to say how the #MeToo movement is “very different” to owning lavish transportation before “Money” interrupts him to say: “Well, I didn’t know! My ‘Me Too’ movement from the beginning was whenever somebody said what they have I’m like, ‘me too.’ Somebody say they got a billion dollars, I say, ‘I made a billion dollars, me too’.” Trying to provoke him to answer the interviewer changes her tact, saying: “I know you have a sensitive side. You’ve talked about your sensitive side before.” This change of style clearly works on the boxer who finally answers the question: “Of course. I mean, you live and you learn. I think everyone, if you’re in an uncomfortable position, you have to pray about it, you know, talk about it, and I think that, you know, sexual harassment, I don’t think it’s cool at all.”
Thankfully for Floyd, he managed to claw back a win after taking several silly swings. However, by this point, the damage to his ego was already done. Now retired, Mayweather is going to need to rely on his interviewing skills more than ever to help him keep raking in the money that he cares so much about. Maybe it’s time he spent less time in the gym and more time with an acting coach?