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Joe Molloy: Woman-beater Mayweather should not get free ride from media

Joe Molloy

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Floyd Mayweather served jail time in 2012, after an assault on Josie Harris, mother to three of his children
Floyd Mayweather served jail time in 2012, after an assault on Josie Harris, mother to three of his children

For a host of reasons I hope Manny Pacquiao puts Floyd Mayweather on the canvas in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

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Chief amongst them is Mayweather's despicable treatment of women. It is not a subject which is talked about enough. Thomas Hauser recently claimed: "Floyd by and large has got a free ride by the media."

Thankfully in the build-up to this week's fight it has come under some scrutiny, not least by ESPN's John Barr in his excellent Outside The Lines report.

Barr has obtained police and court documents which show that Mayweather has been convicted five times over the past 14 years.

Examples include February 2001, when he punched Melissa Brim, the mother of his eldest child, "three times in the face".

In July 2001 he struck her "in the neck" while the two were shopping with their daughter.

In August 2003 he was accused of assaulting two friends of Brim's, "hitting" and "punching" them with a "closed fist".

In 2012 he served jail time, after a September 2010 assault on Josie Harris, mother to three of his children. According to the police report, Mayweather "grabbed Harris by her hair, and began striking her at the back of her head with a closed fist several times."

Harris claimed that as two of their children looked on "he continued to beat me in front of them". Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but was released after two months.

Last month Katie Couric interviewed him in a pathetically soft interview. She did eventually ask him about the Harris incident.

He replied: "I'm black. I'm rich. And I'm outspoken. Those are three strikes right there. Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did." That was the end of the interrogation.

We've seen a lot of smart people from Tom Brady to Jamie Foxx supporting Mayweather this week. It stinks.

Irish Independent

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