Why every decent human being should will Manny Pacquiao to flatten Floyd Mayweather
"Caring, compassionate.. and a comedian; he's always joking around in the locker room."
The words Ashley Theophane deploys to describe Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. Theopane is from London. He is a sparring partner of boxing's richest fighter. He is part of the world’s most "monied" athlete's pre-fight training camp.
His name is Ashley, but he is not a woman.
It would be interesting to hear if the victims of Mayweather's crimes outside of the boxing ring would buy into such sycophantic soundbites.
Like being caught flush on the chin by a Money uppercut, it feels like millions of pugilism fans and non-boxing devotees have been duped and dizzied by the ridiculous hyperbole clamping itself to what is being billed the "fight of the century" before another one comes along.
To the highly concerning point where Mayweather's dismal treatment of women is worryingly swept aside merely as a minor character flaw.
Or maybe the vast pay-per-view TV audience simply do not want to know the truth about who and what their hefty subscription will be going towards when Mayweather meets Manny Pacquiao over the weekend. $99 (£64) in the US on Saturday night Las Vegas time, £20 for the privilege of watching during the night over here. Thank you very much, says Mr Money, a man who is comfortable hitting his former partners like sparring partners.
Mayweather has earned an estimated £274 million from his 47 fights unbeaten. According to reports, he could add at least another £117.5m to that total this weekend. The world in which we live finds a way to reward arbitrators of domestic violence with flithy lucre.
Sparring partner Theophane is on the Floyd payroll. What else would he say in trying to portray Mayweather? But what about his darker side?
It has been mentioned at plenty of outposts, but it is worth restating the point because it merits as much coverage as the freak show. All that is missing is the sound of Don King for the full mad house.
Mr Money’s criminal record is every bit as important as the tale of the tape: the biggest fight in boxing history will reward in large swathes a serial woman beater who spent time in prison less than three years ago for domestic violence against his former partner.
He was convicted in 2011 in Nevada after police said he had repeatedly punched the wife of his children's mother on the back of the skull in 2010.
"For some reason I still get anxiety when I know that he is on his way," said Josie Harris, the mother of three of his four kids in an interview with USA today. "I have no idea why, but I get really overwhelmed when I know that I have to be around him."
It is rather astonishing that Mr Money is preparing to top up his vast reserves of new money rather than being holed up in the clink. Three months for such behaviour and serving only two sounds unbelievable in a land known for its unforgiving penal system. It all sounds about as bent as boxing.
Forgive for me being old fashioned, but why is such a man continuing to be allowed to thrive? Mayweather's behaviour should see him banned or tossed out for bringing the sport into disrepute.
The noble art is not so noble, littered with figures who continue to cash in despite having violent attitudes towards women. Convicted rapist Mike Tyson and Derek 'Del Boy' Chisora, who had a suspended sentence for assaulting his girlfriend, immediately spring to mind, but there are plenty of others.
Mayweather is a man who was denied a visa to Australia last year because of his criminal record yet he has been protected in Nevada because of what he brings to the state.
When ESPN quizzed Mayweather ahead of the fight about his violence against women, he did not apologise. He found it difficult to identify what the American footballer Ray Rice did wrong when he was suspended after being caught on video knocking a woman out last year. There is no Mayweather act of contrition looming.
It would be interesting to know how many of the lynch mob who wanted the former Sheffield United football player and convicted rapist Ched Evans booted out of football will be paying the £20 subscription fee to watch this fight in Blighty in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It is beyond the pale to rape a woman, but it can be overlooked when they are used as a human punch bag?
It is also worth pointing out that Mayweather's temper is not a one-off. While his "0" has remained intact in the ring, it is common knowledge that he has thumped women outside it.
At least five women have allegedly been assaulted by Mayweather over the past 14 years. One woman was walloped with a car door and hit on the neck, another woman was punched in the jaw and another felt Money's power on the back of the neck with a few rabbit punches. He apparently beat the mother of his children in front of his children.
Mayweather had a harsh upbringing that is typical of plenty of boxers, but being dragged up is no excuse for anti-social behaviour. Plenty of fine people have had no guidance.
Mayweather represents the worst excesses of man as you witness in his bizarre posts on outlets such as Instagram. Greed for money, abuse of power and physical abuse of women. Classic machismo from a darker age of misogyny that is given oxygen in boxing.
Like his cars, he views women as purchases rather than people.
"How a female dresses is her advertisement. If a female shows half of her body, she’s asking to be disrespected. If she dresses classy, expect to be treated like a lady. How you’re addressed lies on your attire. Sexy is a spirit, not an outfit."
Unlike Theophane, It is difficult to see the funny side of Floyd Mayweather, an ill individual who deserves a large dose of his own medicine.
Let us hope natural justice catches up with Mayweather. Let us hope Manny Pacquico, national hero of the Philippines, can do what Nevada's law makers failed to do. A knock-out blow to such a grotesque figure should be welcomed by all straight shooters for what it represents.