In a world in need of role models, in particular male role models, comes the sad reality of what and who we see as role models. Over the weekend an event was billed to be the fight of the century. IN one corner was the little battler from the impoverished country of the Philippines who doesn’t talk up his money, returns a lot of it into community based projects, represents his community in that nations Parliament and who is humble while possessing a great sporting ability.
In the other corner is a man who is known for his love of money, is caught on camera (usually his own or someone in his circle) of burning $100 bills or polishing his gold and diamond encrusted watches. He’s all about the money and we cannot find many instances of him giving to much concern for the homeless, the sick or the disadvantaged.
Of course I am talking about Floyd Mayweather (money man) and Manny Pacqiao (humble man). The fight took place over the weekend in Las Vegas and Mayweather earned $100 million for his troubles and said “The check’s got nine figures on it, baby,” while a spokesperson for Pacqiao said he would undoubtedly give half of his winnings away to charity.
But then there is another difference between Mayweather and Pacqiao. Mayweather is a convicted criminal having spent time in prison for domestic violence and even had his visa to Australia rejected when he wanted to go on tour.
But all of that lust for money, the woman bashing, trash talk and criminality must have been lost in translation to the dozens of celebrities that turned up to watch the fight ringside. In fact so many celebrities turned up that their private jest clogged the tarmac at the local airport.
So I come back to the question what and who do we want our role models to be? Answer, not Floyd Mayweather and bad form to those many celebrities that turned out to support him, who constantly said they had his corner and were so desperate to get a photo with him. The reality is our young men and women need more Manny Pacqiaos if they are going to learn that with success comes great responsibility.
Floyd Mayweather is a convicted criminal not a man to be constantly celebrated. For the record those convictions include:
1. 2002- Two Counts of Domestic Violence & One Count Of Misdemeanor Battery
2. 2004- Two Counts Of Misdemeanor Battery
3. 2005 – Misdemeanor Battery Charge
4. 2005 – Felony Battery, Charges Dropped
5. 2011- Misdemeanor Battery Dropped From a Felony Battery Charge
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