Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

By Robert Ecksel on December 27, 2011
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Jose Sulaiman said that “beating a lady is highly critical,” but is “not a major sin or crime.”

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier, along comes Jose Sulaiman.

With Floyd Mayweather’s incarceration for domestic violence fast approaching, the WBC president has decided to not enforce one of the WBC’s rules, specifically the rule which states that if one of their champions or highly-ranked fighters does time in prison, he or she is automatically stripped of his or her title and is removed from their rankings.

As rules go, I think that one is pretty ridiculous. When there are murderers in the Hall of Fame, why hold the WBC to such a high standard?

But rules are rules, and if rules are meant to be broken, let me be the first to break one—just so long, of course, as Jose Sulaiman is in my corner.

“The WBC officially has not decided anything yet,” Sulaiman told Standard, adding that “beating a lady is highly critical,” but is “not a major sin or crime.”

Among the things I don’t understand, and trust me they could fill a book, are hierarchical characterizations of sin. As a matter of fact, I’m not even sure such a thing a “sin” even exists.

Laws, on the other hand, do exist (even though I wish half of them did not), and where there are laws there are crimes, or where there are crimes there are laws, or something like that.

A man beating a woman, however common and commonplace, is a crime. And if that man is a professional prizefighter, the crime isn’t any less great. The beating has the potential to be that much greater.

Sulaiman said the WBC “should not touch [Mayweather’s] career or his title because we want him to fight Pacquiao, which is the fight that the world wants and perhaps the last boxing match of both.”

So much for sin. So much for crime. So much for so little.


“I would like to clarify my feelings about some recent comments of mine, and apologize for not finding the right words in English. There are many times when I cannot find the right words to express what I really mean. The comments attributed to me are a complete misrepresentation of my true feelings.

“I am a devoted husband and father of two daughters, and have three wonderful granddaughters, as well. The Virgin of Guadalupe is my superior saint. I am the person that developed female boxing, and I am the person in the WBC that has always been concerned with the protection of women in the ring. I have always been a strong supporter of women’s rights and the protection of women in society. Those are the facts—everybody knows me.

“In my comments, I just meant to say that I have always been in the corner of all the boxers of the world. They are my greatest heroes and, good or bad, I will always be in their corner.

“I know Floyd Mayweather personally, and I know that he’s a good person. I know that he accepted a plea deal for a serious offense, and I did not intend to make light of that. The judge sentenced him to 90 days, which I think is fair. But I know that Floyd is a good human being with a good heart, and I am confident that he will redeem himself with his actions in the future.

“I just wanted Floyd to know that the WBC will always stay strongly in his corner.”

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  1. Lonesome Coyote 03:29pm, 01/02/2012

    I can barely bring myself to comment on the filth that have corrupted boxing for so long. It’s the hardest sport and the most toxic. The rest of the sports world has swallowed the same fungus.
    Time to dedicate myself to music.

  2. "Old Yank" Schneider 08:06am, 12/31/2011

    The Thresher—You know my long-standing views on the Hall; they’ve diluted the potency of the honor to such a degree that one wonders what meaning entering the Hall has any more. We literally get arguments that sound like, “since they let ‘so and so’ in, then they must let ‘such and such’ in”. And with each lowering of the bar comes another round of dilution. Add to the dilution a collection of “voters” who lack an appropriate measure of historical reverence and we then dirty up an already diluted mix. I’m with you on this 100%!

  3. Robert Ecksel 09:52pm, 12/29/2011

    Irish Frankie—Thanks for clearing that up for me. It does help. At least now I understand why I don’t understand.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 07:45pm, 12/29/2011

    FYI it’s a venial sin if an hombre physically abuses his esposa. It’s a mortal sin if she finally gets fed up and spikes his cafe con Draino. I hope that helps re: the hierarchy of sin.

  5. the thresher 05:36pm, 12/29/2011

    THERE IS NO BACK STORY. The fact that this guy is in the Hall is alll the"back story” anyone needs. It is self evident.

    But then add on top of that the fact that young on-site writers are joining the BWAA so that they can vote for candidates to the Hall and then add in Sly Stone, Buffer, Merchant, this guy, Bert Sugar and it all becomes crystal clear to me.

  6. The Tache 01:06pm, 12/29/2011

    Maybe the WBC could arrange a match between Mayweather and his ex. They could call it the WBC Non gender specific diamond championship, or some nonsense like that, subject to the required sanctioning fees of course. Without the sanctioning fees it would of course be immoral.

  7. "Old Yank" Schneider 12:29pm, 12/29/2011

    The Thresher—I’m genuinely interested in the “BACK-STORY” to what’s going wrong at the Hall. If you find the time to write an article on it I’d be very interested in reading it. Peace and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  8. the thresher 11:48am, 12/29/2011

    This guy is one more reason why the IBHOF is becoming suspect.

  9. "Old Yank" Schneider 05:09am, 12/29/2011

    The Thresher—Hats off to Martinez. EVERYONE should denounce the comments made by the Soul-less-man. I do! They were ignorant, insensitive and more.

  10. the thresher 04:20am, 12/29/2011

    “According to Sergio Martinez is planning to denounce comments made by Sulaiman in regards to domestic violence against women. Story goes Sulaiman dismissed verbal and physical abuse toward women as a serious issue when the topic of Floyd Mayweather came up during an interview with the Manila Standard, a newspaper in the Philippines.”

  11. DVL 05:59pm, 12/28/2011


  12. Ice jb 05:48am, 12/28/2011

    I agree that titles don’t mean as much as they once did. With so many different variations in sloths weight classes it seems like they are scamming the audience. It’s a nice way of giving a good boxer a championship instead of giving the best boxer in the division a championship.

  13. "Old Yank" Schneider 05:13am, 12/28/2011

    The Most Dishonorable Hose-Job Soul-less-man has spoken the gospel according the word of a fool. Any US radio or television or cable personality that uttered such nonsense as the Soul-less-man uttered would be fired within 24 hours.

  14. jesus de guzman 08:08pm, 12/27/2011


  15. the thresher 06:02pm, 12/27/2011

    Titles don’t much mean anything any more. It’s the fight that matters.

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