By Ivan G. Goldman
Floyd Mayweather, according to a usually reliable source, is on the Las Vegas vice squad’s list of unsavory characters, thanks to his behavior in strip clubs around town. In fact, according to the TMZ gossip website, the cops have been warning club operators not to let Mayweather and his crew inside.
But the alleged warnings have no legal force, and TMZ says it talked to several strip club bosses who told them Mayweather, a Las Vegas resident, is a big spender who remains welcome in their establishments. It’s the kind of story that makes the website’s operators drool.
A law enforcement “source” apparently claimed to TMZ that Mayweather “goes in and pulls a ‘Do you know who I am?’ and does inappropriate things with some of the women.”
Whatever that means.
Earlier this month, Mayweather was caught on video in a highly disturbed state when he ran into a Jamaican woman who dared not to know who he was.
Meanwhile, TMZ reported that sources “close” to Mayweather claim he has never done anything inappropriate at a strip club, particularly with the women therein, and said he is puzzled why anyone in the vice squad would warn clubs against admitting him.
It’s that time of year when Mayweather stories take on a non-boxing flavor. He hasn’t named his next opponent, who presumably would be facing him on Cinco de Mayo weekend. That would be in May 2015. Floyd turns 38 in February. Still the Number One pound-for-pound fighter on most lists, his last fight was against Marcos Maidana in September, in which judges awarded him a unanimous decision.
Meanwhile the welterweight division slogs on. Manny Pacquiao takes on smaller, slower, less powerful Chris Algieri, a 13-1 underdog, November 22 in Macau in a pay-per-view event. It will be fought at a 144-pound catch-weight, and Team Pacquiao is talking about his possibly moving down to junior welterweight after the fight.
Mayweather and Pacquiao fight only on pay-per-view: with Pacquiao-Algieri, the avaricious strategy might backfire badly.
Also, Timothy Bradley faces Diego Gabriel Chaves Dec. 13 in Las Vegas on HBO.
Mayweather, who claims to be a non-drinker, has been known for years as a frequent visitor of strip clubs. His entourage nowadays no longer includes his recently fired longtime sidekick Leonard Ellerbe.
He also threatened to fire his father again for daring to speculate that Floyd may eventually fight Pacquiao.