Mayweather: Champion of What?

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  1. It may be that the process that creates a great professional fighter also creates a person who is willing and able to use violence in other areas of his life.

  2. Coming on top of Junior Seau’s suicide, have we turned our male athletes into disposable gladiators?
    In short yes. Look at how men are trained from an early age. Playing sports almost as soon as they can walk. Given special status at school because they are athletes. Having their bodies put on display (look at weigh ins and contract signings that take place before fights). Being allowed to get away with stuff that non celebrities could only dream of. Pretty much forced to perform in order to not have all that money, power, and fame taken away. Getting tossed to the side like old food if they suffer a career ending injury. Having people only care about you as long as you perform well or have the money to buy their attention but otherwise not giving a damn if you lose your humainity and sanity in the process.

    Yes I would say that gladiator is pretty fitting word for today’s athletes.

  3. Mayweather’s behavior is exasperating, Tom, but do you really have enough data for all these judgments?
    Mayweather may fly off the handle—hitting people is his gift—but these altercations outside the ring may have started with belligerence on both sides.

    All we know about him is what we get from the media. That’s so far from complete that it’s fair to doubt there even is a Floyd Mayweather.

    It would be nice to know more, but if we did, it would probably make us philosophical, not critical. Half the moral crusades in this country might collapse from the loss of excitement.

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