Why Floyd Mayweather Jr. Is A True Villain

The debate is over: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the best boxers of all time. With a perfect record of 49-0, the man who was born Floyd Joy Sinclair won 12 titles in five weight divisions and has even recently threatened to come out of retirement for an MMA bout against UFC star Conor McGregor. Mayweather is, simply, a great fighter.

There's one other thing that is undeniable, though: he's also one of the biggest jerks in the entire world. In fact, "jerk" doesn't even begin to describe Mayweather's indefensible behavior. It's one thing to be an arrogant, egotistical scumbag. It's another to actually revel in being a villain. If you're a still a fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. after reading this, you're probably a bad person too.

Misogyny and domestic abuse

Given how violent Mayweather's profession is, it's no surprise that the violence frequently spills out into the real world. Inside the ring, it's fine—after all, he's going up against highly trained and highly paid professional athletes. Outside the ring, though, his victims usually have little chance to fight back. And his favorite targets are women.

Make no mistake about it, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a serial domestic abuser. He has been convicted on domestic abuse charges three times (in 2002, 2004, and 2011), threatening on one occasion to kill his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, during an assault that landed her in the hospital. But don't worry, he's not just about physical abuse—he's also into emotional and psychological abuse, such as the time he posted a sonogram on Facebook and claimed it was of a fetus his ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson had aborted.

"How a female dresses is her advertisement," Mayweather posted on Instagram. "If a female shows half of her body, she's asking to be disrespected." This from a man who wears swim trunks to work. What a knob.

Racist and homophobic rants

Trash talking is a long-time honored tradition in boxing. Also a long-time, and unfortunate, tradition: going way over the trash-talking line with homophobic rants. So being anti-LGBTQ is nothing new inside the squared circle. (However, to be fair, after being called out for using gay slurs, Mayweather has come out in favor of marriage equality.)

Mayweather has taken "trash talking" to new heights by also throwing in a healthy dash of old fashioned racism. Case in point: his infamous diatribe against Filipino boxing legend, and political star, Manny Pacquiao. Here's a bit of a taste, in Mayweather's own words: "We're going to cook that little yellow chump ... Once I stomp the midget, I'll make that motherf***** make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice ... we're going to cook him with some cats and dogs." Bonus points for the midget comment, Floyd!

He literally sets money on fire

The only thing that matters in Mayweather's world is money. If you have it, you mean something. If you don't, you don't. That attitude explains why Mayweather is so infamous for excess, routinely posting videos online to prove how incredibly rich he is by wasting money in as many creative ways as possible. While many celebrities like to rub their wealth in people's faces, though, Mayweather went the extra mile when he filmed himself literally setting money on fire just to prove how little it means to him. All that hard earned cash you wasted buying the pay-per-view of Mayweather's last, incredibly tedious and aggressively boring fight? At least you know it went to a good cause—testing Mayweather's smoke alarms.

He's rude to waitstaff

They say the truest test of character is how you treat people who you don't have to be nice to. Mayweather, of course, totally fails this test, as shown by his attitude towards waiters and waitresses. Example: back in 2014, Mayweather earned a cool $32 million for a fight against Marcus Maidana. To celebrate his win, he and his posse hit the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, where they were served by a waitress named Nik Nguyen. Nguyen spent the entire evening waiting on Mayweather and his cronies while they showered dancers with money. Despite racking up a $25,000 bill, though, at the end of the evening Mayweather left Nguyen no tip at all.

So just to reiterate. Setting money on fire? Cool. Giving money to the hard working people who facilitate your lifestyle? Meh, not so much.

He parks in handicapped spots

On top of all this other crap, Mayweather actually parks in handicapped spots! He's like a cartoon villain. Snidely Whiplash thinks that's going a step too far. Now, at this point, you might think I'm just making things up for the sake of an article. But it's true. We know this, of course, because Mayweather posted an entire video online, just to show that he cares so little about anyone else that he intentionally parks in handicapped spots! One of his crew narrates the mindset perfectly when he explains that, "when you got big boy toys, you park wherever you want to park." Yes, if you have enough money, you no longer have to pretend to care about handicapped people. Or laws. Or kindness.

He's friends with Justin Bieber

Okay, so compared to compulsively beating women, setting money on fire, and bragging about parking in handicap parking space, being close pals with Justin Bieber is pretty low on the list. It's not really a surprise that the two are buddies, of course, given some of Bieber's notoriously egocentric and obnoxious public displays. And the two do seem to be cut from the same cloth—namely the shroud covering the casket where they buried the desecrated corpse of human decency. Still, if there's anything that could make Mayweather seem even more obnoxious, it's the constant presence of Justin flipping Bieber. Why, world, why?

He gets away with it because we let him

There's an often repeated belief in sports circles that athletes need to be arrogant in order to be great. It seems like every time some jerk in a uniform makes a public gaffe, pundits and fans are quick to shrug it off as just a side effect of competitive spirit. But that's a copout. For 20 years now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been blazing a trail as a conceited, egotistical, racist, misogynist, homophobic, violent jerk. And the reaction of the sports community has been to point at the scoreboard and shrug it off, because winning trumps everything. That's probably the worst part about Mayweather, actually. It's not that he believes being rich and famous forgives everything. It's that we've proven him right.