As this Saturday’s Pacquiao-Mayweather boxing match fast approaches, there has been talk about Floyd Mayweather and his history of domestic violence. Longtime partner Josie Harris says she suffered abuse from Mayweather on six occasions, and former fiancé Shantel Jackson filed a civil lawsuit that include claims of battery, false imprisonment and allegations that the boxer pointed a gun at her. In one case, Mayweather pled guilty to two counts of domestic battery against Melissa Brim, the mother of his daughter Ayanna, and received a suspended six-month jail sentence, a $3,000 fine, 48 hours of community service and two days of house arrest.
Many plan to boycott the fight, but will that really make a difference when so many others are willing to pay to watch the fighting champion? Why not spend your money in a way that you know can aid women who have suffered domestic violence?
There are many things that remain beyond our grasp: the outcome of the fight, the pain that Floyd Mayweather inflicted on his loved ones and his refusal to apologize for it; but there is one thing that is within our control, choosing to boycott the fight. And while Mayweather himself doesn’t care if you do this, there are many other people who do.
We propose that instead of spending $100 to watch the fight on pay-per-view, you use the money to help survivors who can greatly benefit from your generosity.
$100 can go a long way, according to Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, featured in A Path Appears. It’s the cost of ten hours of coverage for their crisis hotline, a full day of meals for all the families in their safe house, 24 hours of shelter for one woman and two children and ongoing legal advocacy for one woman.
And for $99, you can buy one night in a Women Against Abuse domestic violence safe haven that includes three meals a day, beds/cribs, linens, laundry, toiletries, first aid and personal care supplies, as well as 24-hour security, case management and child care.
We hope you’ll consider this alternative and share it with your friends and family.