Floyd Mayweather Says Fans Don't Want To See "Philanthropist" Mayweather, Just "Money" Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather is the boxer everyone loves to hate. Whether you acknowledge his skills in the ring or not, you are likely enticed by his out of ring antics that have made him must see TV. Despite being a remarkable 42-0 and etching his name in history as one of the greatest boxers of all time, the reason most of us tune in is because of his cocky and arrogant personality that spends more time flashing his money and running his mouth than anything else. Controversy sells tickets and is the reason that Floyd Mayweather is the pay per view king.
However, there’s another side of Floyd Mayweather that is seldom seen — the philanthropist.
Those who have been around Mayweather know that Mayweather often spends his time and money within the community. You can catch him feeding the homeless, participating in charitable events and speaking about helping others when the cameras aren’t rolling. Many may ask why there isn’t more time spent on the good Mayweather does in the community rather than him frivolously spending his money on new cars and materialistic things. Mayweather has the answer.
“I don’t ever go out there on a limb and talk about how many things I have done for the people that’s less fortunate,” Mayweather said as he puts in his final preparations for his clash with Miguel Cotto on May 5. “I do it for myself. I do it because I feel it’s the right thing to give back to certain public schools, give back to children that’s less fortunate, Habitat for Humanity, Three Square Meals. It’s very, very important. But on 24/7 we don’t always talk about those things or on TV we don’t always talk about those things, because a lot of time the feedback we get is that that’s not entertaining, that’s boring.”
According to Mayweather, past episodes of 24/7 that have spent more time talking about Mayweather’s charitable efforts instead of him trashing another fighter haven’t tested well with audiences. Because of this, the pound for pound king has to spend more time getting into the character of “Money” and do what he has to do to sell PPVs.
“(They say) We want to see the Floyd Mayweather with the flashy money, we want to see Floyd Mayweather with the diamond necklace, we want to see Floyd Mayweather with the nice cars. And the response we get from that is they love it and we get more viewers,” he says. “But then on the flipside they say, ‘All the guy do is show off.’ So it’s a catch 22, it’s like damn if I do, damn if I don’t.”
For Mayweather, if this is what he has to do so he can continue to donate his time and money while bringing in boatloads of money after each fight, he doesn’t care if it is shown or not. Until then, we will continue to see “Money” Mayweather telling us how rich he is. As long as we keep watching, it will never change.