Floyd Mayweather Smart to Apologize for Instagram Photo

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 18, 2013

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 08:  Promoter Oscar De La Hoya speaks alongside Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the post fight news conference after Mayweather defeated Ricky Hatton of England in the 10th round after their WBC world welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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Whether he did it or not, Floyd Mayweather was right to apologize for the Instagram photo that mocked Oscar de la Hoya and his rehab for alcohol and drug abuse.

The controversy began on Monday when a photo was posted to Mayweather's Instagram account, mocking de la Hoya and his struggle with addiction.

The photo was deleted shortly after being posted.

Just a couple of hours later, a different photo was posted to his account that profusely apologized for the previous photo and said that Mayweather fully supported de la Hoya and his rehab.

Apologizing was the right thing to do.  Whether he posted the photo himself or not, ignoring the issue would have only brought more unwanted attention to the subject.

As much as Oscar and Money like to feud are talk trash to one another, Mayweather was interviewed before the fight about de la Hoya putting himself in rehab.  Floyd said, "I wish him nothing but the best.  Hopefully he will pull through like a true champion."

There are a number of theories as to who could have posted the photo.  Some will say that his account could have been hacked, but a more likely theory was that it could have been posted by a friend or publicist that is in charge of his Instagram account.

The reason I'm saying this is because the apology states that the photo "was not posted by me or authorized by me to post."  It is a possibility that someone who manages the account found it funny, assumed Money would find it funny, and decided to go ahead and post it.

This isn't a defense of Floyd or whoever is associated with him.  The photo was wrong.  Regardless of who posted, Floyd apologizing was the right move.

Had Floyd not apologized, it would have made him seem guilty, or more guilty depending on how you view the situation.  The two are not the bets of friends based off of their history, but there is a line that is crossed when talking about someone's personal life.

As much as Floyd likes to get into the heads of his opponents, he also knows when to be respectable.  After the fight against Canelo Alvarez, who he handled rather easily, Floyd had this to say afterwards in an interview with ESPN:

Canelo still is the future of boxing...The only thing [he has] to do is wait [his] turn, but this opportunity presented itself, and he took full advantage of the opportunity.  He fought his heart out.

Hopefully the situation smooths over and the two boxers can move on from the situation.  Here's to wishing Oscar the best of luck in rehab as he continues to battle with addiction.