Floyd Mayweather has won a unanimous decision from the judges after Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao managed to last 12 rounds, in a stunning display of what a person with a history of viciously assaulting his ex-partners can do.
Mayweather remains undefeated and this latest victory looks likely to confirm that no boxer or battery domestic violence charge will prevent the five-division world champ taking his place in the history books.
Throughout the match, announcers raved about “Pretty Boy” Floyd’s aggressive right hand, as he landed a number of punches that would surely land him in a court room were this taking place anywhere other than inside a magic square that makes violence ok.
In a round-up interview, reporters made deep obeisance to Mayweather’s skills in assault.
“When you’re in that ring, and large sums of money are involved, the terrible brutality you wreck becomes beautiful,” a reporter for ESPN told the former bronze medalist.
Critics, however, were disappointed with the match, saying it wasn’t quite up there with Mayweather’s previous hits, like his 2013 match with Saúl Álvarez, or that time he struck the mother of his daughter in the face with a car door.
Mr Mayweather is now 47 – 0, and holds 10 world titles, 2 domestic violence charges, 2 charges of misdemeanor harassment and 5 charges for misdemeanor battery.
Floyd, for his part, remains unrepentant about his violence history. Despite the horrificness of his crimes, Commissioner Pat Lundvall refuses to take away the boxer’s license to fight.
“The Nevada State Athletic Commission has reviewed all available facts and has concluded that Mr Mayweather makes us a lot of money,” Commissioner Lundvall told the (un)Australian.
It seems increasingly sports fans are being forced to decide whether the violence they love watching on tv is worth the domestic violence they verbally profess to hate. And with fans already begging for a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao, the answer is proving to be “as long as I can ignore it, it’s ok!”
Matthew Farthing is the sports/domestic violence reporter for The (un)Australian. Due to the current epidemic of domestic violence committed among sports stars, both titles were recently combined into one.