Mandatory Challenjah: Hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons

2010-09-30 13:02

What the entire world eagerly wanted to see – and still wants to see – is his bout against seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

But unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jnr picked the wrong opponent recently: Josie Harris.

Mayweather was arrested on charges of domestic violence after his ex-girlfriend Harris alleged that he beat her up in front of their three children.

She also alleged that the boxer had stolen her cellphone.

And as Mayweather was hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons, he competed for space in the sports sections with fellow boxer Englishman Ricky Hatton.

While it is still unclear whether Hatton will step into the ring again, he found himself having an unusual opponent too – cocaine.

A video of Hatton allegedly snorting cocaine had surfaced.

Hatton, who unsuccessfully challenged both Mayweather and Pacquiao, was said to be in very bad space.

While usually boxing suffers the proverbial black eye through “in the ring” matters, the actions by Mayweather and Hatton casted a dark cloud over a sport that – in its current state – does not need even an inch of bad publicity.

The two gentlemen (or is it former gentlemen?) – who are idolised not only in their own countries but worldwide too – provided very good examples of bad conduct.

All over the world, boxing needs a hero figure in its quest for relevance in the modern sports sphere.

Mayweather and Hatton were – through their ring abilities and subsequent achievements – regarded as such heroes.

That was until recently.

Did the two think what consequences their actions would have on the many youngsters who look up to them?

Or are they just another example of how fame and fortune can have an undesirable ending?

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