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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Floyd Mayweather Jr is being called 'The Face of Boxing’, but is he really?

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

Just when you think that you’ve heard it all, Mayweather’s supporters go and dub “Pretty Boy” Floyd the “Face of Boxing”, which we already know that Floyd thinks so.

They came to this conclusion based on the fact that Floyd is undefeated and that he’s leading the sport into a new era with his desired changes to Boxing’s drug testing procedures. Let’s examine further.

“I'm truly excited with Floyd being the face of boxing to step out front and to be a part of history.” CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe

Javier Mendes Sacramento, CA “Do you think that Floyd Mayweather Jr is ‘the face of boxing’ like they are saying?”

The heaps of praises Floyd is receiving for his “drug crusade” is making me nauseas. This man is not a leader, a hero, or the sport’s savior. He’s not “courageous” like Travis Tygart CEO of USADA says he is. He’s definitely not the “Face of Boxing.”

In my opinion, the “Face of Boxing” needs to be a fighter who takes on all fighters, is a multi-time champion, has a huge fan following, is not a controversial or polarizing figure, is not selfish and arrogant, has integrity, and fights for more than just himself but also for the fans and the integrity of the sport. Now, who does this sound like? It surely doesn’t sound like Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd doesn’t embody any characteristic that makes one the “Face of Boxing”. If anything, he’s what’s wrong with boxing. Just look at some of the things Floyd has said about himself over the last few months.

* I am the greatest of all-time
* I only do what makes Floyd happy
* I don’t live for the fans
* Compares himself to Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr

Let’s also not forget some of the terrible things he has said over the last few months:

* Insinuates that foreign athletes are liars and cheaters
* Discriminates against Filipinos
* Constantly bashes Manny Pacquiao
* Made fun of Mosley’s divorce

How can any of these comments and actions equate to Floyd becoming the “Face of Boxing’? They don't and it's outrageous that anyone would think so.

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