Clint Greagen of Reservoir Dad blog published in news.com.au yesterday.
We've lined the pockets of a Monster
BY most estimates, Floyd Mayweather is $US180 million richer today than he was yesterday — a fact only possible thanks to the millions of people who paid for ringside tickets and TV subscriptions round the world.
Floyd Mayweather also hits women.
As a father of four boys, I despair at how easily his crimes have been pushed aside and forgotten in favour of his boxing talents and his flair for self-promotion. He is the opposite of a role model I would want for my sons, and yet that’s exactly where we’ve all put him. Yes, he was booed by the crowd, but he was also paid. Handsomely.
Long before he stepped in the ring yesterday, promoters, commentators, reporters, and even many spectators, knew about Mayweather’s shocking history of beating up women, seven of them by some estimates. They knew of the numerous times he assaulted his former partner Josie Harris, the mother of his three children. He was even jailed for it.
Mayweather denied entry to Australia after our 46000 strong petition
Earlier this year, Collective Shout representative and DV Crisis worker Angela Burrows successfully petitioned the Australian Government to deny Mayweather's visa.
Angela said that allowing a chronic perpetrator of violence like Floyd Mayweather to visit Australia would send a terrifying message – that vicious, repeat abuse isn't serious.
Over 46000 people made their voices heard and Mayweather was denied a visa. This victory sent an important message not only to Floyd Mayweather but to Australia and the US - it doesn't matter how wealthy and popular you are, domestic violence is inexcusable and we will not tolerate it.