Rev. Al Sharpton: Floyd Mayweather Is Not Trying to Be a Role Model

Rev. Al Sharpton: Floyd Mayweather Is Not Trying to Be a Role Model

He says undefeated champion is only concerned being good boxer.

Published June 10, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the world's top-earning athlete, but is he a good role model?

TMZ Sports asked just that to Reverend Al Sharpton recently and the longtime civil rights activist paused to give it a thought.

"I mean, I think he's a boxer. I mean, I don't think he tries to project himself as a role model," Sharpton said. "He's a boxer, he's a good boxer, he's unbeaten. If you want to be a boxer, he's a good role model. Other than that, I don't think he purports to be a role model."

That's a fair assessment, right? Personally, Mayweather's spotty background, which includes domestic violence incidents against his exes and a public social media shaming of his ex-fiancee, Shantel Jackson, definitely don't make him a role model. Then again, professionally, his countless hours of training does show kids that hard work pays off...literally.

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So, whether or not he tries to be one, as Sharpton said, is Mayweather a role model? 

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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