Lost amid all of the hype leading up to Saturday night’s ‘fight of the century’ between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, Quartz points out, is Mayweather’s history of domestic abuse. According to the Quartz, Mayweather, who’s undefeated inside the ring, also has an alleged history of beating up women outside the ring. As many as five women have accused Mayweather of assaulting them over the last decade. He even pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic abuse and harassment charges over a 2010 incident in which, according to a police report, he beat up his girlfriend in front of his children, leaving her with a concussion. Mayweather served a 90-day prison sentence in 2012 and has gone on to earn tens of millions in the ring since. Why is he so popular despite this ugly history? Quartz surmises, among other theories, that people overlook his misogynistic tendencies because he also beats up men inside the ring. The big fight on Saturday is anticipated to generate up to $250 million in pay-per-view revenue, and everyone who plunks down money to watch the spectacle is “directly endorsing and enabling an unrepentant misogynist and convicted domestic abuser.”
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