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

He says undefeated champion is only concerned being good boxer.

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.


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

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