Few weeks ago, social media and some various boxing websites has been talking about Floyd Mayweather Jr’s. literacy issue. 50 Cent, Floyd’s former buddy, brought up the issue. He posted a video on Instagram challenging Floyd to read “Harry Potter” book.
At first, the best boxer on the planet has been so quiet about it. Later on Floyd went to social media and posted two pay checks. The post has a caption that said: “Read this $72,276,000.00. God bless,” Floyd’s reply bragging his money, was not the reply most people wanted.
During the media conference call, half of the questions asked to Floyd Mayweather Jr. were about the literacy issue. This time, the undefeated boxer made his answers clear. He downplayed 50’s allegation that he has trouble reading.
“You guys don’t know when you’re dealing with pay-per-view you have to read at least 60 to 70 teleprompters, and I don’t think they could choose a better person for the job than myself. I go out there and I do it with no problem.”
Floyd said that intelligence and education are two different things.
“I just feel like basically I’m not judged by a person, I’m judged by God. Reading does not define my place in boxing history. Will God not let me in heaven because I didn’t read like a news anchor? Me, myself, I would be perfect at reading if it was how I made my living and fed my family. Once again, intelligence and education are two different things.”
Floyd draws a clear line between intelligence and education. Floyd has great ability in boxing and he understands boxing inside out — that’s intelligence at one focus. But I believed that intelligence can be limited without education.
Floyd added that “making fun of person who can’t read is not funny. It’s tragic”.
Mayweather fired back also back at 50 hinting that he don’t understood what craft 50 is doing. “I don’t know if 50 Cent is a boxing promoter, I don’t know if he’s making music; I really don’t know.”