I’m not a major boxing/UFC fighting fan, similar to a lot of people who felt the need to weigh in on the Ronda Rousey and Mayweather confrontation back in August via social media. The tensions between the two were interesting, to say the least, with Rousey making comments about Floyd’s domestic violence disputes and him shooting back with financial comparisons in reference to their respective fighting disciplines. It was clear that the disdain the two of them had for each other wasn’t going to be reduced to a respectful hashing out of their differences. Or was it?
Well, in light of Ronda Rousey’s most recent loss in her fight against now-UFC 193 Womens Bantamweight Champion, Holly Holm, Mayweather decides to play it classy. The past weekend’s fight would appear to be the perfect chance for Mayweather to give a much-expected “I told you so” as a response, but instead he offers words of encouragement by telling FightHype.com that “I don’t think it’s cool how everyone is trolling her on social media.” He goes on to explain that people will flop on you in a second and confidently states that “Certain things you have to learn. People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it’s nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you, which I don’t think is cool. I’ve never been on the other side, so I don’t know how it feels.”
I will honestly be the first to admit that I’m not particularly a fan of Mayweather for a couple of my own reasons, but I was quite impressed with his ability to humbly empathize with Rousey’s situation. Most times we chastise celebrities for “faking it” for the public when they express compassion in light of current adversities, but I’d like to go out on a whim and say that Mayweather’s words seem to be quite genuine. He makes a good point about the humanity of celebrity athletes, when he mentions that regardless of her fight “I’m pretty sure she’s a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings.” We’d probably all benefit from reminding o
urselves that these people are human just like us, we just possess different skillets, and just like us – they too have to deal with their losses. It’s always refreshing when people don’t respond in the way that you expect them to. Respect, Floyd.