Over the years there has been a lot of narrative about Floyd ‘Money” Mayweather, ranging from boxing savant to habitual domestic abuser.
Regardless of which side of the line you stand on, one must take everything into account and look at the full picture with an open mind when trying to get the most accurate picture of Mayweather.
Only minutes after conducting what could be the final press conference of his illustrious boxing career, Mayweather celebrated win 49 in a way many people would never expect him to do, thanks to his public perception. Instead of enjoying the victory by living the high life at some fancy club or party venue, the 12-time champion setup shop in the bowels of the MGM Grand Garden Arena by signing autographs and taking pictures in an unscripted and unpublicized setting to give a little piece of his self-back to some of the many people who have supported him over the last 19 years.
Mayweather signed everything from 100 dollar bills to some of the first magazine covers he ever graced on his rise to stardom for a crowd, which got as big as three- or four-hundred very excited fans, who wanted a piece of Mayweather one last time.
At one point the crowd became so large, Mayweather’s security team, led by Alfonso “Big Church” Redic and Adam “Big A” Plant, otherwise known as “The Great Wall”, had to whisk the champ away for about 15 minutes to let the crowd shrink and calm down.
When Redic, who stands 7’1″ and weighs about 430 pounds, and Plant, 6’7 and 380, re-emerged with Mayweather and the rest of his security team, he still had a big smile on his face. Mayweather signed and took pictures for another 25 minutes before driving off in his Money Team mobile with all four of his children to his Las Vegas mansion.
Along with his impromptu signing and photo-op session for fans, Mayweather has donated to several charities in the Las Vegas area, including $200,000 to the Three Square Food Bank, $255,000 for the Rainbow Dreams Academy Charter School, $150,000 to Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas, and $115,000 to the Susan G. Komen chapter of Southern Nevada. It’s part of the side of Mayweather that not everyone sees.
As someone who has personally seen Mayweather in a lot of different scenes and situations, I’ll be the first to admit that he is far from perfect. But aren’t we all?
There just might be two sides to the Mayweather story, including this one less told.