Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Why There's Nothing Wrong With Floyd Mayweather Earning $180 Million

Making a ton of money doesn't mean you're on easy street
You've probably heard by now. Floyd Mayweather may earn up to $180 million this May for fighting Manny Pacquiao. That's $180 million. For thirty-six minutes of work. Max. Naturally some, if not many, find this irksome.

It's understandable for people to be taken back by such a healthy sum. Indeed, it might even be natural for individuals to have flashes of resentment. Most of us, after all, have to struggle to make ends meet. Not so with Mayweather. He lives large and, on the surface of things, does generally little for the hefty sums he earns.

Here's the thing, though:

There isn't anything wrong with Floyd Mayweather, or anyone else, earning $180 million for less than an hour's worth of work. There just isn't. To be sure, it's okay to form opinions on what Mayweather DOES with his money. To condemn him, the sport of boxing, or society as a whole for a perceived gross miscarriage of social justice is simply taking things too far.

Mayweather grew up tough. Very tough. He didn't have the benefits and privileges lots of people take for granted. I'm not condoning the less savory aspects of Mayweather's backstory, mind you. I'm just stating a fact.

Truth be told, the rags to riches story of an American citizen should be applauded rather than condemned. Mayweather rose to the top of the toughest profession in all of sports - legally. He worked hard, literally took his best shot, and achieved the American dream.

Why, again, are we complaining?

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