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Floyd Mayweather May Face Some Resistance in Australia

By Danny Rose

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. could face some resistance during an upcoming promotional visit to Australia later this month - over the boxer's past legal troubles related to domestic violence.

Mayweather is currently involved in a lawsuit with former fiancé "Ms. Jackson," who claims verbal and physical abuse, and the boxer spent two months in jail back in 2012 over a domestic violence charge involving his former girlfriend.

Family violence campaigners are calling on Australians to not support his speaking and nightclub appearances, saying Mayweather represents everything the group is fighting against.

The Abbott government should also bar Mayweather's entry to the country on character grounds, says Domestic Violence Victoria CEO Fiona McCormack.

"At a time when public concern around the epidemic of violence against women in Australia has never been higher - a decision to allow someone into the country with such a history of violence against women, and who publicly defends that behaviour, would send a powerful message that we can ignore or trivialise violence against women," Ms McCormack told AAP on Wednesday.

"Men who choose to use violence against women do so because they believe that they have an entitlement, or right, to behave that way.

"When we glorify their achievements, it reinforces the stance that it is okay to abuse and control women".

Victoria's premier, who this week launched a Royal Commission into domestic violence, was also less than welcoming when asked about the boxer's impending visit.

"I certainly won't be attending," Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Wednesday.

"I think my views, and the view of my government, on family violence are well understood."

Mr Andrews said Mayweather's visa was a matter for the Commonwealth.

He is due to make dinner and nightclub appearances in Sydney and Melbourne on January 29 and 30.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by komandante on 01-23-2015

Better not come cause Australia doesn't like cowardice, who ever arrange this $200/plate dinner is a dumb ass. :loser:

Comment by v.cassiusali@ya on 01-23-2015

they will not allow him entry unless he sign the contract to fight pacquiao...

Comment by joseph5620 on 01-23-2015

[QUOTE=I'm My Own BOSS;15309349]I have never seen any man walk into a barber shop to get a bald haircut before.[/QUOTE] Honestly I've never seen anybody so stupid to not understand how people maintain a shaved head.

Comment by joseph5620 on 01-23-2015

[QUOTE=THE REED™;15309305]You do realize what you have to do in order to stay bald, right?[/QUOTE] :rofl::rofl:

Comment by Sweden2716 on 01-22-2015

Floyd does not need people to bring up his violence against women, it paints him in a bad light. Floyd is TBE, in charge, makes all the decisions and he does not have a boss, Floyd you are an ass…

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