It's called promoting a fight. It got 2.4M to order a boxing PPV. Now before you say that those people were robbed and would never buy another PPV again, 915K, 1.1M, and 1.4M bought Mayweather's next 3 PPVs.
He's doing something right. Getting 1M Americans to buy a boxing PPV to watch a guy that has a reputation for being a boring runner.
Who knows where boxing would be without Mayweather and his bravado.
Hopkins continued, stating he would support all efforts of Congress in supporting fighters, and in thanking influential media members for speaking out in support of the athletes who make the sport:
“Any time you need me, feel free. I am at your call. I am here to help, as a fighter I am here to help. . . Thanks for having me here, and I hope everyone like Tom Hauser and Bert Sugar, they have a lot of influence on boxing, too, they write about it. People listen to them. Believe it or not, people listen to them, and I am glad they are here saying things I agree with, and they agree with me, so thank you all for having me here.”42
I only searched a little bit found this (search for bernard hopkins muhammad ali act):
The outspoken Bernard Hopkins, in testifying before the Senate, declared:
“While I am thankful for all that the fans have given me, I can not keep quiet when I see that things are not right. My stature has given me the opportunity to buck the system. I have been an outspoken advocate for change. I have rejected multi-million dollar paydays because the terms of the agreements presented to me were not fair. I have this luxury because I have food in my refrigerator and money invested in mutual funds. Other boxers cannot do this. They often are forced to borrow money to feed their families between bouts. It is for them that I have come to testify and hopefully you will keep them in mind when you go back to your offices to consider this legislation. The Muhammad Ali act was a great START.”41