Time to Compartmentalize

By Ted Sares on March 4, 2012
Time to Compartmentalize
Once again, when it comes to Floyd Mayweather, I have to force myself to compartmentalize

“I don’t blame Floyd for gambling. Good for him. Maybe he’s just enjoying life as he sees fit. Not my concern. I sure hope he’s not 43 years old someday and making people forget who he used to be because of his money problems, though…”—Scott Christ (Bad Left Hook)

“While this could be nothing more than a rumor, Floyd has a very public history of betting large sums of money on single games. Most recently, Mayweather bet a million dollars on the Patriots to beat Tim Tebow’s Broncos in the playoffs…I wouldn’t put betting on the #3 team in the nation at home on Senior Day beyond Floyd.”—Stephen Douglas (Big Lead Sports)

Bryam Armen Graham of Sports Illustrated tweeted that Floyd Mayweather has $990,000 on Duke (+2) vs. UNC tonight with the action split at four Vegas books. Now, it is rumored that he has lost nearly $ 1million on the Duke-UNC game which Duke lost 88-70. Mayweather has not tweeted about this as yet.

If this is true, it falls short of being role model behavior for young kids, but then maybe time has passed me by. Maybe I’m just jealous. Still, for God’s sakes, allegedly losing that kind of money when people are in tents in tornado ravaged towns and living in economically depressed areas makes me want to wretch. Or maybe it’s just that Money can’t help himself because gambling is classified, when indulged to excess or compulsively, as an addiction.

Once again, when it comes to Floyd Mayweather Jr., I have to force myself to compartmentalize. Make no mistake, in the ring he is a genius who I am compelled to watch and admire. However, out of the ring, his arrogant behavior coupled with his need for anger management leaves much to be desired. As my good friend Matt Mosley says: “At 35 years old it’s about time Floyd FINALLY grew up.” Maybe we need another Spike Lee intervention.

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  1. the thresher 07:33am, 03/05/2012

    Dan, you are probably right.

  2. Dan Adams 03:53am, 03/05/2012

    I’m with Raxman on this: I don’t think Floyd is half as dumb as he sometimes appears.  I’m betting (and this isn’t an addiction with me) that Mayweather has a healthy, diversified portfolio of investments that will keep him all the rest of his days.  Still, I do wish Floyd would grow up and set a better example.

  3. TEX HASSLER 07:15pm, 03/04/2012

    While Floyd Mayweather is not one of my favorite people and certainly no kind of role model, he is one of the most skilled boxers on the planet today.

  4. the thresher 06:36pm, 03/04/2012

    Oh God, with both Paul and Robert siding on this issue, I shall retreat and come back later. :)

  5. the thresher 06:35pm, 03/04/2012

    I must with all due respect disagree. These people have an unusual forum from which they can do a lot of good. Gary Sinise and Angelina Joile prove that. You can step up and give back—or you can continue to take. I think celebrities have more accountability than non-celebs. Just my opinion, but if not them, who?

    The Klits are great role models. No reason Mayweather has to be a rump swab. Here is a guy about to go to jail and he flaunts his money. That just doesn’t equate for me. but then I’m old-fashioned and expect and demand better behavior than most. And yes, that opens the door to setting myself up.

  6. Paul Magno 06:27pm, 03/04/2012

    Athletes, like entertainers and artists, are thrill-seekers…So, the gambling is understandable…The problem is when you know how poorly life treats former boxers….Personally, I like Floyd, mostly because I couldn’t care less about what he does outside the ring…Life would be a lot easier if we accepted professional proficiency without having to compulsively peek under beds and in closets….

  7. Robert Ecksel 06:10pm, 03/04/2012

    Why do we always look to the worlds of sports and showbiz for our role models? Is that more a reflection of our limitations than the limitations of our presumed role models? No wonder they let us down as often as they do. We set our own selves up with our narrow thinking.

  8. the thresher 05:57pm, 03/04/2012

    Heck, if Derek Jeter can be a role model and if Angelina Jolie can be one and if Gary Sinese can be one, why can’t money? He doesn’t have to go the way of Charlie Sheen. Just saying.

  9. johnwriter60 05:23pm, 03/04/2012

    and yet, maybe what is said and written is true about Floyd and others who go to opposite extremes from the discipline of their sport. makes sense to want, might even need to “let go” once in awhile…

  10. johnwriter60 05:21pm, 03/04/2012

    I wonder how KLITSCHKO would have fared in the glory days, during that generation of multiple standouts like Ali? Foreman? Frazier? Lyle? He is indeed a giant among his peers, pretty much the “only” standout. But, I wonder….

  11. raxman 04:54pm, 03/04/2012

    ted - i think the time of sports people being role models is what has past. having said that - the guy work has worked hard to create a persona that fits into the hip hop model - he wants that same audience - and they expect bling, braggadocio and bitch slaps
    i actually don’t even believe half the stuff i read about floyd and his excesses - i think its all just part of his image and plays to a market that prior to Money killing off Pretty Boy didnt have any representation in boxing.

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