Mayweather Looks to Fight In Tokyo Before Pacquiao Rematch
by: Sean Crose
One of the great problems about writing about the sport of boxing is that it’s hard to discern truth from rumor much of the time. This is particularly true when it comes to popular fighters – and there is no better known fighter than Floyd Mayweather. Make no mistake about it, Mayweather can make headlines better than anyone else. He can also lead fans and journalists alike to scratch their heads as fast as a new news cycle changes. For instance, is he really planning on fighting Manny Pacquiao, as he claimed last weekend? Is he even to be considered an active fighter at this point, or one coming out of retirement yet again? Perhaps the term semi-retired will suffice. No matter. The truth is that Mayweather makes news, and – like it or not – when news about the best paid athlete in world arises, reporters have to write about it.
That’s why it’s up to the reader to decide whether or not TMZs recent report – that Mayweather will be engaging in a fight later this year in Japan sans Pacquiao – is true. “It looks like Floyd is adjusting course a bit ,” TMZ claims, “’cause sources close to TBE tell us he’s actually eyeing 2 comeback fights … starting with a massive boxing event in Tokyo.” TMZ then goes on to claim that they’re “told Floyd hasn’t yet picked an opponent — and he ain’t just lookin’ at boxers — he’s also checking out kickboxers and MMA fighters.” Mayweather sweepstakes indeed. Apparently Conor McGregor, Floyd’s most notorious (pardon the pun) opponent this side of Pacquiao, hasn’t been mentioned as a possible foil this time around. Mayweather might be an enigmatic figure, but it’s clear the man loves two things – being in the spotlight and making money. A splashy bout with a name, though likely unthreatening opponent, followed by a Pacquiao rematch would certainly give the man much of what he loves.
According to TMZ, Mayweather hasn’t chosen a date for this latest reported endeavor, but New Years Eve – a huge boxing day in Japan – is likely. One could easily see the time being scheduled so that the fight would occur the evening before New Years Eve, American time. Floyd knows how to maximize earning potential, after all. Boxing Insider will keep readers abreast of any developments concerning this story.
Breaking: Adrien Broner Arrested. Bullet Holes Found In Vehicle
Breaking: Adrien Broner Arrested. Bullet Holes Found In Vehicle.
The high drama never seems to end for troubled fight star Adrien Broner. The Cincinnati native was busted by police in Kentucky this morning…after being pulled over driving an SUV with bullet holes in it. According to TMZ, Broner was actually pulled over for failing to appear in court over a drunk and disorderly incident from several years ago. When police noticed the bullet holes in Broner’s vehicle, he told them an unknown assailant had fired at him after he stepped out of a Cincinnati bar some time earlier. Broner also claimed to have no idea why said assailant shot at him.
Unfortunately, this is simply one of what seems to be an endless line of off-the-wall events involving the man some once ranked as a top pound for pound fighter. Although still active in the ring, Broner is now known as much for his antics as he is for his considerable boxing skills. Not that long ago, the 33-2-1 fighter indicated that he was looking to become a more mature, responsible individual. His last fight was on February 18th, where he won a split decision victory against Adrian Granados.
Sex Tapes, Privacy, and Amir Khan
Sex Tapes, Privacy, and Amir Khan
By David J. Kozlowski
The long-rumored Amir Khan sex tape is available online. I haven’t seen it. It was meant to be private, and I respect that.
The tape is reported to depict former world champion Khan video-chatting with a model he dated years earlier. It’s controversial because the model is not his wife, and in it he is naked and performing a sex act.
It is unclear who sold this video to the X-rated website. What is clear is that Khan is no stranger to controversy outside the ring.
In March of 2016, Khan was targeted by a blackmailer who threatened to release a video of Khan and a woman having sex. It turned out the sex tape never existed, and the would-be extortionist was tracked down and arrested.
His recent personal life is marred with infighting between his wife and family. His wife, Faryal Makhdoom, is a fashion aficionado with a cosmetics line. His family is, as Amir is, comprised of devout Muslims. The family has publicly criticized Faryal for dressing provocatively. She has hit back by Snapchatting pictures of her brother in law, naked and drunk. Through it all, Amir and Faryal have stayed together, though he’s recently threatened to walk away from her and the family.
Khan has also long been rumored to appear in other sex tapes, all with women (or a woman) not his wife. One is purported to have been recorded days after the birth of his daughter. Another—the one now available—purports to be weeks after his wedding.
Leaving aside whether his religious and marital obligations are violated, since religious observance and marital monogamy are personal choices, Khan did nothing wrong. He engaged in virtual sexual activity with a consenting adult.
Our prudish culture finds sex to be a lurid topic. Abrahamic religions tend to see sex as something begrudgingly necessary. The media sensationalizes sex and sexuality as something to be gawked at or ashamed of. But it’s the height of hypocrisy—a majority of people engage in sexual activities.
Sex is natural and life isn’t a soap opera. Although celebrities volunteer aspects of their lives to the public, we don’t have a right to the parts of their lives they intend to remain private. We know celebrities to the extent they allow. Fame doesn’t divest someone of the right to respect and dignity with which we’d treat each other. Any more is a violation of the implicit trust in their relationship with the public.
Whether Faryal leaves Khan over this or stays and supports her husband is irrelevant. It’s their personal issue, and we cannot begin to understand the complex motivations and rationale for whatever they decide.
But we have a choice. We can choose to ignore the sex tape. We can see Amir Khan as a great boxer, and not judge him on his personal actions which he never intended to share.