What hasn’t been as profoundly covered in the fight between Mayweather and McGregor is the issue of domestic abuse. How does domestic abuse tie into a boxing match? Well, Mayweather has an extensive history of domestic abuse, and McGregor has exploited this to promote a boxing match. He recently did so by wearing the jersey of former Warriors player C.J. Watson.

There were alleged relations between Josie Harris, girlfriend of Mayweather and mother of his three kids, and Watson. These relations set Mayweather off and led to his assault of Harris in September 2010. Mayweather pulled Harris by the hair punched her in the head, threatened to kill her, and to kill his children, who witnessed the entire incident and called 911. Mayweather plead guilty in December of 2011 to one count of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and no contest to two counts of harassment. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and released after 60. Additional convictions include two counts of battery domestic violence, and misdemeanor battery, for which he was given community service. He was never barred from fighting.

Mayweather’s actions are inexcusable, and so are the sentences. However, McGregor has been no saint. Beyond the jersey, he also tweeted on Jan. 11, an illustration of him victorious standing over Mayweather, who was passed out on the floor, with the caption “Call me C.J. Watson.”

His ruse for money with the jersey and tweet was insensitive to Harris and to the other victims of Mayweather’s abuse. He is exploiting this to draw attention and money which is purely disgusting. To the fans, who paid over $430 million, according to Forbes, in viewership alone, for the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, your money would have helped a lot of abuse victims.

Annie deCastro

Falmouth