Breakthrough, a human rights group that aims to "make violence against women unacceptable," is urging consumers not to buy tonight's Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view, citing Mayweather's extensive history of domestic violence. The campaign is tagged as #noMayPac on Twitter, and has gained a good bit of momentum today in particular.
Here's a tweet from Breakthrough:
Mayweather, 38, has had seven cases with domestic violence charges or allegations, and served jail time in 2012. Discussions about how this impacts the consumer have been a focal point at Deadspin and other places, including a piece by Rodger Sherman at SB Nation earlier this week.
There is also the issue of Mayweather's team reportedly banning reporters Rachel Nichols and Michelle Beadle from attending the fight tonight, as they have been critical of Floyd's issues in the past. Kelly Swanson, Mayweather's PR rep, says that isn't true.
As diehard boxing fans, we are, of course, mostly ordering this fight. Our site and many like it will have live coverage tonight. We're all part of the event -- promoters, in some way or another, simply by discussing the bout to the extent that we have. For our industry, this is a can't-miss event. It's an epic showdown. It's been five years in the making, and we're all excited.
But there's a particularly dark side to this event. We're lining the pockets of someone most of us wouldn't want to know as a human being in our real lives. Compartmentalizing works fine for discussing a fighter's achievements in the ring and his professional career, but do we compartmentalize too much by financially supporting someone whose history speaks for itself?