On Thursday rapper 50 cent posted a video asking his former friend, Floyd Mayweather to take part in a challenge — except this doesn't involve a bucket of ice, or even the ALS Foundation. In the video he told Mayweather he would donate $750,000 to the charity of his choice if he could read a single page of a Harry Potter book without starting and stopping.
At some point after the challenge was issued, Jimmy Kimmel even vowed to televise Floyd reading live on the show if he accepted.
If that wasn’t enough, On Friday The Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105 hosts Charlamagne The god, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee willingly dug into the radio station’s archives to unearth unedited audio of Mayweather struggling to read a promotional “drop.” It appears that the 37 year- old boxer finally met his match. That opponent was ‘reading proficiency’.
Despite his reservations about running the clip, Charlamagne The god defended the station’s decision.
“I got nothing but respect for Floyd Mayweather. He’s the greatest defensive fighter of all time, but I got a show to do,” he said. “I gotta sell tickets too, baby. Just like he likes to put on a show, I like to put on a show to. This is for our listeners’ benefit.”
On Saturday Mayweather responded on twitter making it clear he doesn't need 50's pocket change of $750k, posting a pic of two paychecks that he received recently totaling over $72 million!
Floyd wrote, "Read this $72,276,000.00. God Bless."
Yes, Mayweather may struggle to read, and that can be a source of humor for many people because it's one area where we can proclaim we're better than the very wealthy world champion boxer, but let’s not forget that he is a success story!
Mayweather grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich. His mother was on drugs and his father served time for drugs. He basically had to raise himself!
"I knew that I was going to have to try to take care of my mom and I made the decision that school wasn't that important at the time and I was going to have to box to earn a living," Mayweather told the New York Daily News in 2007.
Mayweather may not be the smartest guy in the world but He's a very sharp businessman and should be commended for that!
According to Forbes magazine Mayweather has earned almost $400 million in the ring since he turned pro in 1996 after the Olympics.
At this present moment Mayweather stands alone as boxing’s best pound for pound and richest fighter, he is currently 46-0, but he is not alone when it comes to difficulties with reading!
According to recent reports by leading pro-literacy organizations there are roughly 36 million American adults that need literacy help, but sadly only 3 million of them
will be lucky enough to get it.
Let’s also keep in mind that Mayweather could very well have a reading disability like dyslexia that he has a problem seeking help for. We all have pride! I know he dishes trash talk out and should be able to take it but if he has a problem and seeks help from the proper resources, he could very well become a spokesperson for illiteracy/learning disabilities and that would be a huge benefit to many.
Once again Power 105 host, Charlamagne The god, stated that he revealed the audio because it was for the stations listeners benefit. I think it would have been a bigger benefit to listeners if they would have used this as a teachable moment rather than a humorous one. I just wonder how many of their listeners have trouble reading or may have a learning disability?
Let this embarrassing moment for Mayweather be a teachable one to all of us because we all have our own personal battles to conquer!
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