[ View the story "Mayweather's domestic violence convictions trigger calls for fight boycott" on Storify] Mayweather's domestic violence convictions trigger calls for fight boycott Upcoming fight raises concerns about implied tolerance for domestic violence in sports world.
The Stream· Wed, Apr 29 2015 18:29:21
Undefeated Mayweather Jr has been
of domestic violence five times since 2001, according to ESPN
. Online, many people expressed favour for boycotting the fight:
Watch Mayweather if you want...but if you continue to make excuses for his violence against women...you are doing life WRONG.RICHELLE CAREY
F. Mayweather's record of violence against woman is long. What say we support woman and NOT WATCH him fight M.Pacquiao K? #conciousconsumersteven pasquale
@espn @espngolic I hope you boycott the Mayweather fight and tell your network to stop doing all access features with him too.jerome martin
Some cited Mayweather Jr's history of domestic assault convictions to voice support for his opponent:
Floyd Mayweather has been convicted of domestic violence 5 times in 14 years and once punched a woman 3 times in the face. Go Pacquiao.LA Sports Radio
Mayweather has a history of domestic violence and criminal convictions. Think I’ll be rooting for Pacquiao, thanks.Miri Jedeikin
Others, however, defended Mayweather, dismissing calls to boycott.
Why are they always bringing up the domestic violence nonsense before every Mayweather fight? He served his time, move on now! #MayPacOmar Al Raisi
People really boycott watching the #MayPac Fight cause Mayweather served time for Domestic abuse. SencelessTrinitiguan
I am surprised that just now, Mayweather's legal/domestic violence history is being brought up in hopes of boycotting the fight. #MayPacR.P.W.
And some debated the practicality and consistency of boycotting this fight:
Boycotting #MayPac does do something. Hurts Floyd directly in the pocket. Boycott, if you must.Anthony Marchetto
They both are still going to get paid and your boycott isn't even a ripple in the bucket #MayPacDarrian Davis
I'd respect people more if they told me to boycott #boxing altogether rather than just #MayPac. #domesticviolenceIDKSAB
of US sports network ESPN
his intention to boycott the fight and not report on it, saying, "I will not give Floyd Mayweather a dime":
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If you want to boycott the #NFLDraft and #MayPac fight because of domestic violence, okay, but why draw the line at that one social issue?Kadin Pounders
I can't join @KeithOlbermann boycott of #MayPac, but I respect his public stand on domestic violence #TeamPacquiao #BeatTheWomanBeaterKnowing Coves