Floyd Mayweather makes a living fighting in the the ring and has had his fair share of quarrels outside of it, as made evident in his latest war of words with animal rights group PETA.
In the first episode of HBO's popular miniseries, 24/7, Money May has ruffled PETA's feathers with two comments that are insensitive to the animal-loving group's cause. From ESPN:
"In this training camp, we're boxing nonstop, and when we get in the ring, it's called the doghouse," Mayweather said. "So if you look at the ring, it's always surrounded by a bunch of people, 'cause that's the doghouse. When you go to a dog fight and you watch pit bulls fight."
This comment did not sit right with PETA obviously, as the Michael Vick dog-fighting scandal is an easy comparison to these pit bull comments.
Mayweather went on to let PETA know how he felt about them:
I don't want to get in trouble by—what's the people called, PETA? I don't want to get in trouble with the PETA people, but...the animal rights people, but s---, I don't give a f---, 'cause I wear mink coats. I'm gonna wear chinchilla, and I'm gonna rock mink coats. The same people want to tell you, you can't wear animal fur and s---, thems the same people that's eating chickens, eating cows, eating steak. So f--- what they're talking about.
The show of disrespect toward PETA—a group who is notoriously aggressive going at celebrities who aren't hip to their animal compassion ways—all but guaranteed that we would hear a response aimed at Mayweather. And that's just what happened.
People who proudly admit to wearing fur are either ignorant or arrogant about animal suffering. And people who allude to attending dogfights are inviting the authorities to investigate a potential felony. PETA promotes living compassionately, including choosing vegan meals, but you don't have to be a vegetarian to object to a cruel blood 'sport' in which dogs are left mangled, bloody, soaked in urine and saliva, and unable to walk, and the 'losers' are killed for not having been 'game.' Unless Floyd Mayweather's agent will strangle, shoot or beat him to death if he loses, his comparing boxing to dogfighting is as absurd as it is offensive.
PETA went on to explain that members of the organization are vegans, so the claims that they go off and eat meat after advocating animals rights were irrelevant.
This war of words will only help hype the upcoming May 5 bout between Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, as any press on the controversy is sure to mention the bout.
Love him or hate him, there is no one who helps promote one of his fights better than Mayweather. He knew just what he was doing when he said the controversial comments during 24/7. He basically created some free promotion for his fight during a show that was doing just that.