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Mayweather Back in Hot Water with IRS to the Tune of $3.4 Million

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back in the news, and once again, it's not good. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back in the news, and once again, it's not good. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being hounded by the IRS again, just a few years after a big mess that left him with a $5.6 million bill for unpaid taxes. This time around, it's $3.4 million being sought.

Combined with his April 28 court date for domestic violence charges and the fact that a judge recently refused to dismiss a defamation suit from Manny Pacquiao, you've got a guy who's really spiraling at this point. While Pacquiao fights, Mayweather tweets about gambling on basketball.

Honestly, I don't really care about his IRS stuff other than the fact that it's yet another example of his entitled, troubled personality shining through. Mayweather has become a really bizarre individual to observe and I don't say that lightly or because I'm "hating." It's all gotten quite weird. His most recent hail mary pass was a plea for American fans to cheer him simply because he's American and Manny Pacquiao is some kind of evil foreigner, like this is pro wrestling in 1973. I think once you scratch away the image and all that, you're looking at a fighter who quite often sounds hurt that he doesn't receive universal praise, especially if there's another fighter who does receive that praise.

He's had constant complaints over his career about people being against him, but in reality he's been featured as a TV fighter since his career started, and became at one point by far the biggest star in the sport. But Floyd has a habit of damaging his own image, and I'm not sure he's ever taken responsibility for that. Mayweather, with a slightly different personality, could have been one of the most beloved fighters of his generation. And as much as he says he likes playing the villain, I don't think that's really the case.

Anyway, think what you want, the story here is he owes the IRS money again. There's been no update on a potential Mayweather fight for the summer, either.

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