Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not happy with his fellow black people for mocking Nate Robinson.
Robinson was knocked out in his professional boxing debut on Saturday night by Jake Paul (video here). Robinson was knocked out so badly that he became the subject of all kinds of jokes.
Mayweather, a retired former boxer, understands what it is like to step into the ring and thinks the jokes are uncalled for. He especially took issue with the jokes that he considered to be black-on-black crime.
“Nate, I’m proud of you and I will always stand behind all my brothers,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram. “I will never kick my brother when he’s down. It’s ok for people to voice their opinions on social media, but no black athletes or black entertainers, especially black NBA players should make a mockery out of you. We are supposed to all stand with each other through the good, bad and ugly. I’m here to uplift you and let you know we all love you and congratulate you for just making an effort.
“SIDENOTE: The times I’ve had issues with another brother is when they came at me first. I was just defending myself.”
Not only can Mayweather relate to the difficulties of stepping into the ring and risking embarrassment, but he is also heavily respected by his fellow athletes, which is likely why he felt motivated to say that.
Here is some of what Robinson faced:
Despite being mocked, Robinson actually was appreciative for the support he received.
Saturday night’s Triller fight card at Staples Center in Los Angeles headlined by Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. was a roaring success, even if the main event had a bogus outcome.
Tyson and Jones Jr. fought an 8-round exhibition match with a smaller ring, smaller gloves, and shorter round duration than is standard for non-exhibitions. Iron Mike, 54, hadn’t fought since 2005 prior to facing Jones Jr., but he looked good given his age.
Tyson came out swinging and showed off good speed on his punches and his typical ability to strike from close range. He dominated the entire fight and clearly won it. Comparatively, Jones Jr. barely was throwing punches and didn’t appear to land anything of consequence. Despite that, the fight went the distance and was ruled a draw by the three judges.
Chad Dawson scored it 76-76, Christy Martin had it 79-73 Tyson, and Vinny Pazienza scored it 80-76 for Jones.
“Yeah, but I’m good with a draw,” Tyson said afterwards. Iron Mike was pleased because he entertained the fans.
Jones Jr. accepted the result but cracked a joke.
“I wear drawers, but I don’t do draws,” he said.
They talked about fighting a rematch.
“We gotta do this again. Everybody loves Mike. It’s tough taking punches from Mike,” Jones said afterwards.
The entire event was a success because the fans loved it. First, the fight before the main event had the kind of outcome social media was made for. Former NBA player Nate Robinson was knocked out cold by Jake Paul and then got mocked on social media. Play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo was excellent, and Snoop Dogg stole the show with some funny lines as part of his commentary during the fight.
If they’re considering putting together another similar card, you can bet the fans will want to see it. The entire event delivered, even if the “draw” ruling did not.
Mike Tyson is set to face Roy Jones Jr. in a pay-per-view fight on Saturday, but there’s another man who would like a shot at Iron Mike.
Evander Holyfield and Tyson fought twice in a pair of infamous bouts during the ’90s. Holyfield won the first fight via 11th-round TKO. He won the second fight after Tyson was disqualified for biting Tyson’s ear. Holyfield says he would love a third fight with Tyson but he has a price.
“I wasn’t getting in the ring for less than $25 million,” Holyfield said on the “I Am Athlete Podcast” about talks for a third fight with Tyson.
Holyfield says it should be on Tyson to reach out if he wants to fight again.
“If they called me to fight in two days, I’d be there to fight in two days,” Holyfield told host Brandon Marshall.
Talks of a third fight between the men have been going on for over a decade. There were talks earlier this year about the two possibly fighting, but maybe Holyfield’s price stood in the way.
Holyfield last fought in 2011. The 58-year-old is 44-10-2 (1) in his career. Seven of the losses occurred after he turned 35.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was engaged in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris prior to Harris’ death earlier this year, but the undefeated boxer is still asking a court to grant him control of Harris’ estate.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Harris died without a will and Mayweather has filed to become the executor of her estate. Harris is the mother of three of Mayweather’s children.
Prior to her death, Harris was engaged in a $20 million lawsuit with Mayweather over an accusation that the former boxer lied about a 2010 domestic violence incident during a 2015 interview with Katie Couric. Just days after Harris died of a drug overdose, Mayweather filed a motion seeking $9,000 in sanctions from Harris’ lawyer and estate. Mayweather submitted questions that were not answered by Harris’ legal team prior to her death, which is why he argues the case should not proceed and he should be paid the sanctions.
Someone who is in charge of Harris’ estate would have to take over the lawsuit in order for it to proceed, which could be one reason why Mayweather is seeking control of the estate.
Jirah Mayweather, the 16-year-old daughter of Floyd and Harris, blasted Floyd on social media after Harris died. Mayweather responded by expressing his love for his daughter in an Instagram post.
Mike Tyson recently spoke about the ways he used to beat drug tests during his legendary boxing career, and former MMA fighter Chael Sonnen is convinced that means Tyson is using illegal performance-enhancing substances now.
Tyson said on his “Hotboxin'” podcast recently that he used to use a prosthetic penis — also known as a Whizzinator — and his son’s or wife’s urine to pass drug tests during his boxing career. He didn’t specify which substance he had used, but Iron Mike said in his book several years ago that he used cocaine and marijuana during his career. Sonnen is convinced that means Tyson is still doing something wrong.
On his YouTube channel recently, Sonnen said he interpreted Tyson’s story as a way of coming clean. He believes it is an indication that Tyson is currently on PEDs and will be for his upcoming fight against Roy Jones Jr.
“It’s very hard to come clean and in many ways, this was Tyson’s attempt to come clean,” Sonnen said, via Darryl Pinto of Essentially Sports. “Not only was Tyson using performance enhancers, he’s using performance enhancers right now. He will go into the Roy Jones fight on performance enhancers right now.”
Sonnen compared Tyson’s admission to one that UFC fighter Jon Jones made. Sonnen believes Jones admitting to cocaine use just a smokescreen to distract people from the fact that he was using PEDs. It should be noted that Sonnen was busted for using PEDs during his MMA career.
Tyson has been training for his exhibition fight against Jones on Nov. 28. The 54-year-old appears to be in tremendous shape based on workout videos he has shared.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been retired for quite some time, but the undefeated boxer continues to hint that he is open to fighting YouTube sensation Logan Paul.
Paul’s representatives approached Mayweather about a potential exhibition fight earlier this year. Floyd hasn’t said a whole lot about it publicly, but he sent a tweet on Wednesday night trash talking Paul and telling him he’ll gladly give him the Conor McGregor “treatment.”
“These YouTube girls better find some Barbie dolls to play with cause I’m not the one for the kid games. 3 years ago a fighter from the UFC said my name and I had to put a muzzle on that bitch. (Logan Paul) can get the same treatment before I go conquer Japan again,” Mayweather wrote.
Paul fought fellow YouTube star KSI in a sanctioned professional bout last year that consisted of three six-minute rounds. It went the distance, with KSI winning by split decision. Paul has since tried to organize some other high-profile fights, including one against NFL star Antonio Brown. That appeared to have some legs but never happened in part because of all of Brown’s legal issues.
Mayweather has not fought since his bout against McGregor back in 2017, though he has indicated he will come out of retirement at some point. That could just be his way of keeping his name in the headlines, which is something he has done a masterful job of for years.
Kell Brook was completely lost after getting knocked out by Terence “Bud” Crawford in their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nev.
Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) got credit for a knockdown of Brook in the fourth because Brook needed the ropes to keep him up. About 15 seconds later, the fight was waved off for good, giving Crawford a TKO win.
Brook was so stunned that he didn’t even know what happened. He could be seen asking his corner that question after the fight.
“This is boxing. I obviously got caught with a shot I didn’t see,” Brook admitted in a post-fight interview with Mark Kriegel. “The referee waved it off. That’s never happened to me before.”
Brook also admitted that “the best man won tonight.”
Brook entered the fight only having lost to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. He is now 39-3 and has faced the toughest competition in the welterweight division. Fans would love to see Crawford fight Spence next, but it’s unclear whether that will happen.
Mike Tyson has done many, many things throughout his life that he is not proud of, but cheating his way out of a drug test is not one of them.
During the latest episode of his “Hotboxin'” podcast, Tyson recalled the “awesome” time he passed a drug test using a prosthetic penis and his baby’s urine. The former heavyweight champion said he used his wife’s urine before but she brought up the possibility that it might come back as pregnant, so he decided to use his baby’s.
“I put my baby’s urine in it. And sometimes, one time I was using my wife’s and my wife was like ‘Baby you better not hope that it comes back pregnant or something,’” Tyson recalled, as transcribed by Ryan Harkness of MMA Mania. “And I said nah, so we ain’t gonna use you any more, we’re gonna use the kid. Cuz I got scared that the piss might come back pregnant.”
There have been incidents where athletes have been caught using a prosthetic penis — often referred to as a “Whizzinator” — to pass a drug test. That apparently wasn’t an issue with Tyson, who says the sample collector was intimidated by him.
“This guy was so f—ing macho, he was scared. I whipped it out and he was like turning, ‘Hey man take the f–ing cup,’” Tyson said. “This macho guy, he didn’t want to look at me and s—.”
Tyson has insisted he never used performance-enhancing drugs during his legendary career, though he did not specify which drug he was hiding. As Harkness noted, Iron Mike wrote in his book “Undisputed” in 2013 that he used the Whizzinator throughout his career to hide marijuana and cocaine use.
Tyson has been training for his exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28. The 54-year-old appears to be in tremendous shape based on workout videos he has shared.
Boxer Gervonta Davis has found himself in trouble with the law again, this time for an alleged hit-and-run.
Davis was involved in a hit-and-run in Baltimore early Thursday morning, according to a report from WJZ. Police were called to a scene after a report of a multi-car collision that was caused by a car running a red light and striking another vehicle. While police would not confirm that Davis was at the scene, sources told WJZ he was in the Lamborghini that ran the red light.
Several people suffered minor injuries in the crash and one person was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Davis knocked out Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round on Saturday night to retain his WBA regular lightweight title and win Santa Cruz’s WBA super junior lightweight title. Fliers that circulated on social media showed that a celebration was being held for Davis at a nightclub the night of the alleged hit-and-run.
Davis was arrested back in February after turning himself in to face battery charges for an incident with his ex-girlfriend. The 25-year-old was shown on video grabbing the woman by the neck and pulling her out of a seat at a celebrity basketball event.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to be a grandfather.
Mayweather, 43, confirmed on “Hollywood Unlocked: Uncensored” this week that his 20-year-old daughter Iyanna is pregnant. The father is rapper NBA Youngboy, whom Iyanna has been dating. Mayweather said he and Iyanna’s mother, Melissia Rene Brim, “always want the best” for their daughter and are happy for her.
“What I try not to do is be in her personal business because once she’s no longer under my roof, then you know what? it’s between her and her better half,” Mayweather said, via Jessica Bennett of Page Six.
It’s not entirely clear what type of relationship Mayweather has with NBA Youngboy, but the rapper once referred to the undefeated boxer as Iyanna’s “b–ch a– daddy.” Floyd was asked about that and said it “has to do with your upbringing.”
“What I’ve always taught my daughter is this: always be respectful when you’re going to anyone’s home,” Mayweather said. “And whatever goes on in your home, don’t talk about it to the world … As far as NBA, I look at NBA Youngboy as a child. I can’t get upset with a kid like that. It could’ve been one of those days for him.”
Iyanna was arrested for felony aggravated assault earlier this year after getting into a fight with another woman at NBA Youngboy’s home. She allegedly stabbed the woman.
The child will be Iyanna’s first. NBA Youngboy has five other children.