Floyd Mayweather Faces Felony Charges: Why The Boxer Has to Get His Act Together

Dmitriy IoselevichSenior Analyst IIISeptember 17, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on at the start of his welterweight fight against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing's undefeated superstar, faces a total of eight criminal charges for his actions taken against ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, and their children:

  • Two felony coercion charges for when Mayweather threatened to beat his two young children if they called the police or fled the apartment during the dispute with Harris.
  • One felony robbery charge for stealing the cell phones of Harris and their two children after the initial argument.
  • One misdemeanor domestic battery charge for when Mayweather angrily confronted Harris and their two children in Harris' Las Vegas home. He allegedly grabbed Harris by the hair and hit her.
  • Three misdemeanor harassment charges for when Mayweather threatened Harris and the two children.

Mayweather and Harris have apparently been involved in 15-year relationship and have had three children together, aged 7 to 10. But the couple separated in May, after spending seven years living together.

Whatever the reason for the altercation, the boxing world better hope that this is only an isolated incident and not part of a trend of reprehensible behavior.

The truth is—boxing needs him.


Mayweather has earned his nickname with a 41-0 lifetime record, which includes 25 knockouts. He is indisputably one of boxing's greatest stars and spent three years ranked by The Ring magazine as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world (currently ranked second behind Manny Pacquio).

He has won nine world boxing championships in five different weight classes.

He has defeated fellow greats Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Shane Mosley.

When Mayweather steps into the ring, dollar signs float down from the ceiling.

His fight with De La Hoya was the most lucrative in boxing history with $120 million in total revenue and a live gate of $19 million. It's no surprise, then, that he was ranked second by Forbes magazine on its list of the "Richest and Most Powerful Sports Athletes of 2010" (behind only Tiger Woods).

"Money" Mayweather indeed.

The Future of Boxing

There's a reason Mayweather is so marketable: He's attractive (his other nickname is "Pretty Boy"), dynamic (he made several appearances with the WWE), and most importantly, he's talented.

Some might say Pacquio is the better boxer, but Mayweather is undoubtedly the more popular.

The boxing world hasn't had a personality like Mayweather since the days of Mike Tyson and George Foreman. We may not have seen a more competitive boxer since Muhammad Ali.

Not convinced?

Mayweather was supposed to fight Pacquio, but Mayweather demanded that the Filipino boxer submit to random blood tests, after widespread allegations of Pacquio's use of performance enhancing drugs.

Pacquio refused and the fight remains on hold.

Mayweather epitomizes the true definition of a fighter and he has helped to revive the sport in the U.S. and around the world. 

He made a terrible mistake in attacking his former girlfriend and may face some jail time. But his career is far from over.

If Mayweather issues a genuine apology and shows the world that he knows he made an awful decision, then he can become beloved again in the hearts of boxing fans everywhere. If he comes back and defeats Pacquio, then he will be able to earn the adoration and respect that comes with being the best boxer in the world.

Football has Peyton Manning. Baseball has Albert Pujols. Even soccer has Lionel Messi.

Boxing needs Floyd Mayweather.