Oklahoma City is a great city in its own right but declaring last Wednesday ‘Floyd Mayweather Day’ in reference to a celebrity who has nothing to do with the place seems a little surreal.
Mayweather received the honor during a visit last week, a move which has since brought some heat and many questions to Governor Mary Fallin.
It seems a strange move considering Mayweather was born in Michigan and has lived in Las Vegas for the most part of his recent life.
And as usual, instant references to Mayweather’s past misdemeanors have followed from those opposed to the citation by Oklahoma.
Staying largely out of the spotlight over recent weeks, Mayweather last made headlines in an interview with Men’s Health where he commented on a situation he clearly knew nothing about and was apparently railroaded into passing judgement on.
The #MeToo movement regarding the sexual harassment of women, something any journalist would know wasn’t a strong point for Mayweather, was put to the former pound for pound king to give his thoughts on.
Not surprisingly, headlines were instantly created.
Men’s Health: We’re asking a lot of men, in light of the #MeToo movement, how men can grow in 2018.
Floyd Mayweather: “The who?”
MH: The #MeToo movement. Women speaking out about sexual assault.
FM: “Oh. ‘Cause when you say ‘me too,’ my thing was this, when somebody be like, ‘I got a Rolls Royce,’ I be like ‘me too.’ When somebody say they got a private jet, I say, ‘Me too. I got two. Me too.’”
MH: This is a very different…
FM: “Well, I didn’t know! I didn’t know. My ‘Me Too’ movement from the beginning was whenever somebody said what they have I’m like, ‘me too.’ Somebody say they got a billion dollars, I say, ‘I made a billion dollars, me too.’”
MH: I know you have a sensitive side. You’ve talked about your sensitive side before.
FM: “Of course. I mean, you live and you learn. I think everyone, if you’re in an uncomfortable position, you have to pray about it, you know, talk about it, and I think that, you know, sexual harassment, I don’t think it’s cool at all.”
Sadly, since retirement on the back of his win over Conor McGregor in August, these are the kind reports Mayweather generates.
As he approaches 41, the promoter and gentlemen’s club owner now seems happy with his achievements as Mayweather sits proudly on 50-0.