Floyd Mayweather Jr. is well known as one of the most outspoken characters in sport, never mind boxing, so it comes as no surprise that with the Ray Rice story dominating headlines the undefeated champion has had his say on recent events.
While most have been quick to support the decision of the Baltimore Ravens and NFL to first cancel Rice's contract and then suspend him indefinitely from the league in the wake of new video evidence against the running back concerning an assault on his now wife Janay, Floyd Mayweather has taken a different stance when speaking to reporters this week.
Mayweather on Rice
The boxing superstar believes the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell in particular, were wrong to change the original two-game suspension handed out to Ray Rice earlier this year now that they have seen video footage of Rice striking his then fiancee unconscious:
"I think there's a lot worse things that go on in other people's households," Mayweather told reporters in Las Vegas.
"It's just not caught on video, if that's safe to say," he continued.
The NFL for their part yesterday insisted that they had not seen the video footage until TMZ published it Monday whilst John Harbaugh, Ray Rice's former coach at the Ravens, made it clear that the new video was pivotal in the franchise's decision to cut ties with the player.
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Floyd Mayweather himself has been caught up in domestic abuse in the past, the veteran fighter spending two months behind bars in 2012 having pleaded guilty to reduced domestic abuse charges concerning an attack on a former girlfriend.
The boxer still protests his innocence regarding that situation, but only last week Mayweather's former fiancee, Shantel Jackson, filed her own lawsuit in which she named Mayweather - accusing him of assaulting her and refusing to allow her to leave their Las Vegas home.
Speaking this week however Mayweather again rejected these claims:
"Like I've said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing.
"With O.J. and Nicole, you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day."
Floyd Mayweather will be in the limelight for the right reasons this weekend as he takes on Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in a re-run of their May fight which ended in controversial circumstances.
As for Ray Rice, having been exiled from the NFL news came today that major sponsors such as Nike and EA Sports have pulled deals with the now disgraced running back.
His now wife Janay however, in a statement published to social media yesterday, has reiterated her desire to support her husband in the future.