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Bravo, Floyd Mayweather

Michael Woods

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Full on props, sir.

You could have ripped her a new orifice, two even, and many folks would have shrugged, feeling she deserved it after lacing into you several times.

But no, you took the high road, Floyd Mayweather, and you are to be commended for it.

In case you missed it, and you didn’t, Ronda Rousey was found to be conquerable on Saturday. A lady who’d trained in MMA for a scant two plus years, but who came to the table with A grade boxing skills, showed that “Rowdy” wasn’t all that her rooters hyped her up to be. After she got KTFO, many expected Mayweather, who she’d dismissed as a woman beater, and baited for a long spell, to cackle and brag. Nope…

“Oh, I don’t know, I don’t speak on nobodys’ situation,” he begged off, to David Mayo, at a basketball game on Sunday night. “You win some, you lose some.”

Did he want to sleep on it, serve that revenge dish cold? Nope; he spoke to Fight Hype, and continued down the same road, the classy one. In a story running Tuesday, he said, “I’m proud of the new girl, Holly, I’m proud of Ronda,” he said, lauding all involved for building Rousey to such a place. He continued, offering the theory that she’d talked trash about him to gain buzz, and likely didn’t truly mean it. “If I was her, I would’ve used Floyd Mayweathers’ name also,” he admitted.

Floyd continued, talking about maturing, about how he now knows that beating a child to maintain discipline isn’t the right method, and then said he’d let Holm and Rousey fight others for a spell, before booking a rematch. That “marination” allowed him to make $300 million, he said, for the bout with Pacman.

He then even added, toward Rousey, “If you need help as far as boxing, I’m here to help you.”

My take: As far as Floyd’s taking the high road, a Twitter pal said he thought it was all for show, that he doesn’t actually mean it. Hey, I think we take what we can get. If we are all mind-readers, and think when people are speaking nicely, they really want to be speaking ill, I think that’s a tad cynical. Let’s take him at face value, and appreciate Mayweather showing some of that high-road, role-model behavior that people furstrated by him so often ask for.

Bravo, Mr. Mayweather…

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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