With less than three weeks left before one of the most expensive fights in history, Floyd Mayweather Jr. spoke out about his history with domestic abuse.
The undefeated fighter sat down with Katie Couric for Yahoo News to talk about his wealth, his personal life and what’s being dubbed as the “fight of the century.”
Mayweather denied the charges brought by his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, who accused him in 2010 of beating her in front of their children, the Washington Post reported.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and served two months of a 90-day sentence in jail. Mayweather now says he didn’t beat her.
“Did I kick, stomp and beat someone? No, that didn’t happen,” Mayweather told Couric. “I look in your face and say, ‘No, that didn’t happen.’ Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.”
Mayweather said his status as a black, outspoken fighter was to blame for the perceptions of him with domestic abuse. The first case against him was from ex-girlfriend and mother to Mayweather’s daughter, Melissa Brim.
According to the Washington Post, Mayweather has been accused by five women on seven physical assaults.
“No matter what anyone says about Floyd Mayweather, I’m a winner, you know, in life. Not just because I was able to make hundreds of millions, because whatever I got involved with, I gave 100 percent,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao is slated for May 2.
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