Monday, September 12, 2011

Why people hate Floyd Mayweather, Jr.


source: Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo | Examiner.com

It really isn't that hard to understand, why Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a hated man.

Mayweather made me realize that not sticking your foot in your mouth when cameras start rolling, is actually a talent; a talent that he can very well benefit from, had he developed it.

Mayweather claims he's "God-gifted"; and as a boxer, it's hard to find a soul that can come up with an argument to reasonably refute that. The man is a boxing legend. For me to even bother elaborate on the obvious, is to insult the boxing knowledge of my expected audience. Any knowledgable boxing enthusiast knows what this era's Mayweather boxing franchise is all about.

But as a brand outside the boxing ring, the 34-year-old Mayweather presents himself more as a boy trying so hard to be controversial like Muhammad Ali, minus the sense and substance and the entertaining poetry. Sometimes I wonder if "Money" himself knows what he's selling.

Take for example Mayweather-Ortiz 24/7. Prior to the launch of the hit HBO series, Mayweather asked for people to respect his family; how he's grown as a man and the importance of being a father to his children, and also pointing out the fact that his kids go on the internet and can see the things written about him. And then he calls his own father a "faggot" on the show's pilot episode for the world to see.

I mean really? You want people to respect you, but you're proud and flat-out diss your own blood on national TV?


One has to wonder how NBA players like Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah get fined thousands of dollars and crucified by fans and the media for being caught on camera mouthing homophobic slurs, but Mayweather can just call people like his father, Oscar Dela Hoya and Victor Ortiz, 'gay' and 'fags' on camera as much as his heart desires.

And this Einstein says he got (sic) haters. Yea, you got (sic) haters-- and there's also a lot of normal and civilized people that don't live in Planet Mayweather.

Mayweather's image may appeal to the "hip-hop generation", thugs, wannabe thugs, or hard-hugging groupies like the likes of Ben PomPom-type bloggers that would brainchild websites like FloydHype.com and would buy into the image he portrays. But the money-burning, fake and real dollar bills flashing and throwing, and all his obnoxious trash talk, only alienates the average person.

And leave it up to Floyd to throw the race card in the equation, and how Americans should support him no matter what, based on the fact that he is an American fighter.
On episode 3 of the HBO Mayweather-Ortiz 24/7 series, a scene where Mayweather speaks to US troops in Afghanistan through Skype, went from an inspiring gesture, to a head-shaker. Mayweather began by saying how much he appreciated the troops for their service, and ended up bragging about his riches, flashing his cash and showing off his mansion filled with expensive cars, jewelry and everything else he has spent his fortunes on. Yes, because that's something a true soldier in the middle of the desert -- stuck somewhere in the Middle East, risking his life for his country -- can relate to (insert sarcasm).

And then there's that whole Manny Pacquiao drama. Mayweather has blasted Pacquiao in the media with basically any insult he can think of. From being a "dog-eater" to a "doper", on top of saying he's going to annihilate him handily inside the boxing ring, Mayweather might as well add "Pacquiao" to his nick name (Floyd "Money-Pacquiao" Mayweather, Jr.). The way Mayweather has been talking about Pacquiao the past few years, it's understandable why he's not Floyd Joy Sr.'s Jr. Seems to me that Pacquiao is his real "daddy". But when it comes down to just fighting the guy, Mayweather juggles lies, reasons, excuses and pretty much anything in between as a deterrent from fighting him.

Just recently, Mayweather told journalists that he never said he was going to fight Pacquiao next, after he proclaimed to the world during the LA leg of his press conference with Ortiz, "Manny Pacquiao, you're next!" Who likes a big talker that doesn't want to back up his claims? In any ghetto or street corner, that translates as an act of cowardice.

Mayweather does things to make people want to hate him, you'd think he gets paid to do it. Well guess what? He does. Mayweather is a master self-promoter and deserves credit for his public persona that allows him to make the millions that he does. A lot of people pay money, because they want to see him lose. And that's great for him. The man gets paid (and yes, even more than Pacquiao).

But should he warrant the respect of people for doing the things he does, saying the things he says, and promoting the stupid things he wants to glorify? Like that Green Day song says: "I don't want to be an American idiot." Or how Michael Marley would say: "A Floydiot."