Floyd Mayweather Jr. must fight Moseley tragedy before Pacquiao

Posted Dec 9, 2014 by Marcus Hondro
The man considered the best pound for pound boxer in the fight game may have a bigger obstacle than fists to overcome when, and if, he fights Manny Pacquiao next year. Floyd Mayweather Jr. witnessed a shooting Monday and the death of two friends.
Mayweather vs Maidana in May of 2014
Mayweather vs Maidana in May of 2014
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Moseley shooting: Hayes contacted Mayweather Jr.
Reports state that rapper Earl Hayes, 36, contacted his friend Mayweather Jr. on Facetime early Monday morning as he was threatening his wife, the actor and dancer, Stephanie Moseley, 30, with a gun. While Mayweather Jr. tried to convince him not to do anything violent, Hayes, who appeared in the Mayweather documentary 30 Days in May, shot her multiple times and then turned the gun upon himself.
Mayweather Jr. saw an unknown amount of the tragedy visually and likely heard it all. Police said they are going to speak to Mayweather Jr. about what he witnessed on Facetime.
“Of course we would like to talk to anyone including Floyd Mayweather,” LAPD Lieutenant John Radtke told the Canadian newspaper, the National Post. “Yes he’s somebody we would like to talk to and we haven’t talked to him yet.”
Mayweather Jr.: Lifetime of hard times
While any fight with Pacquiao is not yet signed — DJ writer Leo Reyes says it is being "touted as the world's richest fight in boxing history" if it happens — Mayweather Jr. will have to get over the tragedy that unfolded as he viewed from an unknown location (he lives in Las Vegas).
The 37-year-old undefeated boxer, who said he is retiring next year and so any Pacquiao fight may be his last, is helped by the fact that his life growing up in Grand Rapids, Mich., got him accustomed to hard times.
He mostly grew up with his grandparents and his mother was a drug addict and so too was her sister, his aunt, who died of AIDS she got from a needle. His father, boxer Floyd Mayweather Sr., both did and dealt drugs. Mayweather Sr. also served a lengthy time in prison.
Though his father, along with uncles Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather, taught him to box — Roger is his trainer — he actually claims his father did nothing with him and spent virtually no time with him, something his father strongly denies.
Boxer has run-ins with law
Floyd Mayweather Jr. himself has had run-ins with the law. In 2002 he was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery and two counts of domestic violence. Wiki reports he "received a six-month suspended sentence, two days of house arrest and was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service" for that offence.
He has had other battery-related and harassment charges and he was once charged and convicted of threatening his children. He served two months in jail in 2012 for battery on a former girlfriend.
A lot of the hard times in his life since becoming an adult were harder on others around him, but overall he has known much tragedy, some caused by himself, some, like the killings he witnessed Monday, by others.
"People don't know the hell I've been through," he once said when asked about his youth. And even he could not have imagined the hell he may now be going through. But, given the inner-strength that got him to 47-0 in the competitive boxing world, and multiple boxing titles, Mayweather Jr. will likely overcome this, too.
And live to fight at least one more day.