Mayweather Banning Michelle Beadle And Rachel Nichols From Tonight's Fight Is Just Another Reason Why Boxing Isn't A Real Sport
You know, when I first read this I wanted to take Floyd Mayweather's side. I really did. Not because he is right. Not because I like him. Hell, It would be a stretch to say I even mildly respect his right to live. I wanted to take his side because this is such a big time power move. Who doesn't wish that they could just tell people that they didn't like where they could and couldn't go? Beadle and Nichols flew to Vegas, spent months preparing to cover this fight, and this morning Floyd just woke up, stretched, and said "eh, fuck 'em". Just inconvenienced two major news sources just because he could. Is it childlike? Absolutely. Do these women have a right to trash an athlete who has an extensive past of domestic violence? Of course. However, I'll be damned if it's not something I am completely and utterly envious of. If i had one super power in the world it would be that I could be in control of who gets to enjoy my presence at any given time. So yeah, I don't like or respect this move by Floyd, but I sure as fuck understand it. The ability to tell people what to do is nearly just as valuable as the 200 million that Mayweather is about to make for one night of work. Sure, it's bad for his public perception to only ban two female reporters, but Floyd can't even read a 'Stop' sign, never mind a room. The Money Team loves itself some pussy, just not the bitch it's attached to.
Now, with that said, this is just another reason why boxing isn't a real sport. Look at this fight tonight for instance. What other sport has gone 5 years with it's two best athletes avoiding each other's competition? What other sport features athletes that construct their contracts on a per match basis? What other sport allows athletes to ban media media members at their own discretion? That's not how professional sports are supposed to work. You get rewarded handsomely in exchange for an ungodly amount of criticism. Especially when you spend your spare time practicing your craft on a bunch of helpless women. If all athletes could ban media members there wouldn't be a single member of the media at a single sporting event for the rest of time. Even LeBron James would remove Brian Windhorst's fat tongue from his ass and tell him to kick rocks if he could. People would actually be jealous of Jay Cutler's Sunday afternoons. If I was Floyd Mayweather I would probably ban a bunch of people that chastised me on a national forum too, but the fact that he can kind of speaks to why we are relying on a fight that is happening half a decade too late to revive the 'sport' of boxing.