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Floyd Mayweather scrutinized over unsafe sparring conditions at his boxing club

Floyd MayweatherFloyd Mayweather Jr. was called by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Thursday to appear before a five-person panel next week to explain some unsafe fight conditions in his boxing gym, ESPN reports.

According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, the commission was concerned over footage shown in “All Access: Maidana vs. Mayweather 2 – Episode 2.” “All Access” is modeled after HBO’s “24/7″ and is a mini-series about opposing boxers that is aired on Showtime to help promote its upcoming fights.

In the episode, fighters at Mayweather’s “Mayweather Boxing Club” in Las Vegas are shown squaring off in “the dog house” for what Floyd describes as “fight to the death” bouts.

“The dog house — the rules are you fight ’til whoever quits,” Mayweather says in the episode. “Guys fight to the death. It’s not right but it’s dog house rules.

“It’s about pushing these fighters to the limit. And when we say pushing to the limit, we truly believe there is no limit,” says Mayweather.

The episode shows amateur boxer Donovan Cameron from the U.K. beating up amateur boxer Sharif Rahman, who is the son of former heavyweight boxer Hasim Rahman. Rahman’s older brother, Hasim Rahman Jr., then challenges Cameron to a fight and they box for 31 minutes straight before Rahman is declared the winner.

31 minutes is an absurd length for two boxers to fight, and that is just one reason why the commission wants to talk to Mayweather. They are extra concerned because Floyd recently obtained a promoter’s license for his Mayweather Promotions business.

The commission was also concerned about a scene in the episode where many of Floyd’s girls are seen rolling joints:

The commission says they are less concerned about that scene, but that Floyd could face “disciplinary actions” over his dog house depending on how the meeting goes.

Floyd Mayweather on Leonard Ellerbe: I’ve outgrown him

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Floyd Mayweather confirmed this week that there is an issue between him and longtime business manager Leonard Ellerbe.

Ellerbe, 49, has been a member of Mayweather’s staff for 18 years, but he did not serve as Floyd’s usual assistant trainer for the Marcos Maidana fight. In an interview published by FightHype.com on Wednesday, Mayweather confirmed there are issues between them.

“I think we’re just getting to a point where we’re outgrowing each other,” Mayweather told Fight Hype regarding his relationship with Ellerbe. “I think I just see things my way and I think he sees things in another way. For example, this time around when I went out and fought, my WBC and WBA titles in both weight classes were on the line and I didn’t approve of that at all. That’s something I didn’t approve of. Also, my daughter was sitting in the front row and her mother wasn’t sitting next to her, so the ticket arrangements were totally wrong.

“It just got to a point to where everyone wants to do what they want to do instead of communicating and compromising like we used to. We got to this point by us communicating and compromising. If I’m not mistaken, my dad wasn’t able to work [Andrew] Tabiti’s corner, his fighter. My dad, he got all his stuff, the things that he needed for the fight, extremely late. That’s just very unprofessional. There’s just a lot of other things within our team that’s just not right. Leonard wasn’t in my corner, so, you know, it’s not any hard feelings. It’s just people outgrow one another. I’m not mad at him. There’s no hard feeling like I hate the guy; not at all. No hard feelings whatsoever. People just outgrow one another, just like when people get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page mentally.”

Mayweather is extremely demanding of the people on “The Money Team,” and he sounds dissatisfied with Ellerbe. He is also very controlling, so it’s not a surprise that his complaints either have to deal with things not running smoothly or control.

In the past, Ellerbe has been described as Mayweather’s personal assistant, administrative aide, and business manager. He is the current CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

In addition to his issues with Ellerbe, Mayweather used a different person to wrap his hands before the latest Maidana fight. Rafael Garcia, who usually wraps Mayweather’s hands, sounds like he is off “The Money Team.” Floyd also promised many changes to his team by the time he fights again in May and left us with this telling comment.

“Once people start making power moves without communicating with me, then I think it’s time for us to move our separate ways,” Maywather said.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME

Hard Rock waitress complains Floyd Mayweather left her no tip at pool party

Floyd Mayweather moneyA waitress at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas complains that boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his entourage stiffed her for a tip after partying there on Sunday, the day after Floyd’s victory over Marcos Maidana at the MGM.

According to TMZ, the waitress, Nik Nguyen, says Mayweather and about 150 people in his party — including actor Jamie Foxx — ordered just over $25,000 worth of goodies and did not leave her a tip. Keep in mind that the Hard Rock comped them what they ordered, which included:

5 bottles of Patron – $2,375
3 Grey Goose – $1,425
6 bottles of Ciroc – $2,850
20 bottles of Luc champagne – $11,500
1 6-liter bottle of Luc – $6,500
200 chicken wings – $600
1 fruit platter – $55

The total for the tab was $25,305.

Even if you get comped your bill, you should still tip your server. Everyone knows that.

We’ll go ahead and give Floyd and his entourage the benefit of the doubt here and figure not leaving a tip was just an oversight. Maybe when you have 150 people, they all think someone else will take care of it. Then again, when your nickname is “Money” and you own a $50,000 diamond-encrusted iPod, you shouldn’t be shy about sharing your dough.

Floyd Mayweather says he may fight Manny Pacquiao next

Manny Pacquiao Floyd MayweatherFloyd Mayweather seems more open than ever to fighting Manny Pacquiao.

During his post-fight interview following his unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana Saturday night, Mayweather expressed interest in a fight with Pac-Man.

“If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen,” Mayweather told interviewer Jim Gray.

Mayweather cautioned that Pacquiao still has to beat Chris Algieri in November before they can discuss the once heavily-anticipated fight.

“Manny needs to focus on the guy that’s in front of him. Once he gets past that task we’ll see what the future holds.”

Beginning in late 2009, fans and the media were clamoring for a fight between the two boxers. Mawyeather was (and still is) undefeated, while Pac-Man had won 11 in a row and looked like an unstoppable machine. But the two never met — a number of reasons prevented a deal from being made (drug testing, Bob Arum, etc.) — and Manny went on to lose two fights in a row, decreasing fan interest in the bout.

However, Manny has won two in a row since his consecutive losses and once again looks like one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and greatest challenger to Floyd. Pacquiao has been dying for a shot at Floyd because he needs the huge payday now that his drawing power decreased (and tax problems increased). Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, even said they would talk about such a fight.

Ultimately, a fight between Floyd and Manny comes down to whether Floyd will allow it. Floyd only books fights that he knows he can win. He is more protective of his perfect record than anything else in life. Would he put that in jeopardy by facing Manny? Will he choose Amir Khan next? Even though he’s teasing us, I can’t see him ever fighting Pac-Man.

To read the full history on the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations including why the fight has never happened, read this.

Did Marcos Maidana bite Floyd Mayweather on hand? (Video)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in a little trouble after getting punched by Marcos Maidana in the 8th round of their fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, and he complained to the referee that Maidana bit him in the hand.

After Mayweather backed away like a cobra bit him, referee Kenny Bayless separated the two fighters. He examined Mayweather’s gloves first, and then Maidana’s gloves second. He didn’t see anything unusual and let the two continue fighting.

Mayweather had been placing his hand to cover Maidana’s face to keep his opponent from breathing comfortably when they were huddled, so the bite may have been Maidana’s way of retaliating, if it happened. In fact, Maidana seemed to say as much in his post-fight interview. He denied biting Mayweather, but complained that Floyd kept rubbing his eyes.

“After the eighth round I really couldn’t use my left hand,” Mayweather told interviewer Jim Gray after the fight.

Here’s another view of the alleged bite:

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Floyd Mayweather girlfriends, baby mamas and domestic violence

floyd-mayweather-jrFloyd Mayweather Jr.’s history with domestic violence has been in the spotlight this week because of increased awareness of the issue resulting from the NFL’s botched handling of the Ray Rice situation.

As Mayweather prepares to make over $30 million for his fight with Marcos Maidana, allow LBS to bring you up to speed regarding Mayweather’s personal life and domestic violence history against his girlfriends and baby mamas.

For starters, Mayweather has never been married. He was engaged to ex-fiancee Shantel Jackson, who is now suing him for allegedly mistreating and assaulting her multiple times while they were together. The two met in 2006 and Floyd convinced her to move out to Las Vegas to be with him. They eventually got engaged, were on-and-off in 2013, and Jackson finally ended their relationship earlier this year.

Miss Jackson broke up with Mayweather because she was tired of all the side girls he had. Keep in mind that Floyd’s philosophy on women is that a man should be allowed to have as many women as they can afford.

[Previously: Mayweather believes men can have multiple women]

Floyd’s philosophy on relationships is extremely hypocritical and demeaning; he believes men should have multiple women, but he gets jealous and even violent if he learns that his women are talking to other men. And that’s without him pledging the commitment of marriage to them!

So here’s the rundown on Mayweather’s personal life.

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Floyd Mayweather grilled by Rachel Nichols about domestic violence past (Video)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a serial woman beater who is now finally getting called out for his terrible treatment of women.

Mayweather’s domestic violence, which has been going on for at least a decade and has included allegations from the mothers of his children and his ex-fiancee (and a jail stint following a guilty plea), was the subject of a lengthy post by Deadspin’s Daniel Roberts in July. Roberts’ comprehensive coverage of Mayweather’s serial abuse is receiving a lot of attention now that the media and public are taking the issue of domestic violence much more seriously, especially in light of the Ray Rice video/punishment.

Mayweather, who is fighting on Showtime pay-per-view Saturday, did an interview with CNN’s Rachel Nichols to promote his fight. In the interview, Nichols presses Mayweather on his abusive past and does not let up. Mayweather really has no good response for Nichols, who clearly makes him squirm.

We’re pleased that more sports fans and media members are starting to see what we’ve been saying about Floyd for years: he is a bad guy.

When he’s not abusing or assaulting women, he’s assaulting security guards or having his bodyguards beat up people for him. This stuff has been going on with him for years.

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