By Mitch Abramson
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, is concerned that Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be letting his personal affairs get in the way of his focus for his fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday and planned on reaching out to him to make sure he has his priorities straight.
Apparently stung by the perception that he was dumped by his former fiancé Shantel Jackson, the undefeated boxer (or someone purporting to be him) posted what they claimed to be a picture of her sonogram to Mayweather's official Facebook account, insisting she had an abortion and the boxer cut ties with her because he’s pro-life.
“The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies.#ShantelJackson#FloydMayweather#TheMoneyTeam#TMT,” he penned next to the sonogram.
Just days away from the fight, Schaefer is worried that Mayweather may not have his head on straight and is letting outside forces interrupt his preparation. The gossip site TMZ reported on Thursday that Mayweather is upset that Jackson is now involved with the rapper Nelly, who used to pal around with Mayweather.
“What I’m worried about is distractions and how it’s going to impact [him] because Marcos Maidana has no distractions,” Schaefer said. “He only has one goal, which is to knock Floyd Mayweather out. There’s nothing else in his head. These are serious things going on for Floyd and I hope it’s not going to be [a distraction]. You have two days to go and you have these issues going through Floyd’s mind.”
Schaefer said he planned to talk to Mayweather on Thursday afternoon to make sure he's okay.
“I have a good relationship with Floyd and in the next hours or so- I think he’s resting- I’m going to have a conversation with him to see if there’s anything I can do," Schaefer said.
After a torrent of negative messages were published in response to Mayweather’s Facebook message, the post was taken down, leaving observers to speculate why the sport’s top boxer, just days away from what could possibly be the final bout of his career would make the decision to bring this up now, knowing it would cause an commotion. Or maybe that’s the point and it was all calculated. Mayweather is a huge favorite against Maidana, and possibly to drum up interest in a bout few see as competitive, Mayweather has suggested that Saturday’s bout could be his last. During the final press conference on Wednesday, Mayweather said he’s interested in putting boxing behind him in the future and “settle down and get married. And have a family.”
Mayweather spent Thursday morning ridiculing his former flame. He also posted a photo to his Instragram account on Thursday of someone who appears to be a young Jackson, in a modeling pose with a corresponding photo of Jim Carrey sporting a bizarre hairdo and bikini top and bottom from an old “In Living Color” sketch, ostensibly poking fun of Jackson.
Mayweather also posted and then removed from his Facebook account another teasing message and photo directed at Jackson, this one on the topic of plastic surgery, writing: “…@missjackson Before all the plastic surgery I had to pay for. I’m an Indian giver I want my money back LOL…#PlasticSurgery #TMT”, according to SB Nation.
Attempts to reach Mayweather through his publicist were unsuccessful. And Jackson did not respond to a request for an interview through her website, though she did post a message on her Instagram account Thursday that seemed to be a reaction to Mayweather, saying: “Look up MO say cheese... Lol You encourage me to smile and laugh through all my BS. Thank You.#Realfriend P.S You are truly a comedian. LMAO... !!!” next to a photo of Jackson cuddling with a male friend, who appeared to be Nelly.
According to Deadspin, which posted a picture of the sonogram, blurring out certain details- 3,614 readers chimed into the Facebook post, including “thousands” to “express their distaste,” prompting someone to remove the dispatch. The gossip site TMZ reported that Mayweather also posted the sonogram to his Instragram, though someone also took that one down, too.
A number of online reports allege that Jackson dumped Mayweather late last year after rumors of infidelity. Jackson also allegedly got laser treatment to remove a tattoo of boxing gloves on her wrists that were a tribute to the undefeated fighter.
Mayweather is no stranger to posting poorly-tasted videos and messages on social media. In 2010, he released a racist-laden video on Ustream in which he says he’s going to “cook that little yellow chump,” referencing the Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and suggesting that Pacquiao is on performance enhancing drugs. Also in the video, he said he would “make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice” after “I stomp the midget."
Mitch Abramson covers boxing for the New York Daily News and BoxingScene.com.