WITH his megafight against Manny Pacquiao less than three weeks away, Floyd Mayweather addressed allegations concering the 2010 domestic abuse case filed against him by his fomer girlfriend.
In a report from Yahoo News, the 38-year old Mayweather denied the charges levelled against him by Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children who accused the undefeated boxer of of beating her in front of their children.
Mayweather pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three months in jail and was released after 60 days.
The boxer claimed he was merely "restraining" his then girlfriend.
“Did I kick, stomp and beat someone? No, that didn’t happen,” Mayweather said. “I look in your face and say, ‘No, that didn’t happen.’ Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.’ ”
Mayweather has found scapegoats to his predicament, citing his racial background and wealth.
“I’m black. I’m rich. And I’m outspoken. Those are three strikes right there,” he said, “So, you know, when someone says, ‘I got pushed or hit,’ I’m a fighter, so I may not really hit a person. But guess what? I got to fight the case because I’m already guilty.”
Mayweather has been accused by five women of seven physical assaults since 2002.
His rival Pacquiao may use Mayweather's history be using that strategy against Mayweather going into their May 2 fight, the highest grossing in boxing history. “Manny is really against domestic violence,” Roach said. “It is a big issue maybe in the Philippines for him and being a congressman he can control some of that stuff. That is a big plus for me that Manny does not like the guy, I think the killer instinct is going to come back a lot faster”, trainer Freddie Roach told USA Today.