Now we see why Floyd Mayweather was such a hard-ass in negotiations over his $41.5 million guaranteed fight purse against Canelo Alvarez this Saturday. You see, it turns out that Floyd isn’t the selfish asshole we all thought he was when he demanded so much of the money. In fact, he was trying to assure that the promoter, Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar de la Hoya, wouldn’t have too much of the money to spend on alcohol and cocaine:
Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is the ring and mine in treatment. I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility. I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and longterm recovery from my disease must come first. Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.
Alvarez is also mentored by De La Hoya, so his absence will be particularly notable during this fight. How does De La Hoya respond to allegations that the $74.95 Pay-Per-View (PPV) price was newly jacked up to throw half a gram into the deal for himself? With the standard “please respect me and my family during my time of disease” line, of course. After all, “I considered suicide.” Well, if charging hapless joes $74.95 for an escape from their workaday world so that you can have more blow is a disease, then I suppose Oscar has a disease. I also have this disease where I smoke pot and then write jerky things about Oscar de la Hoya ripping people off so he can buy coke—it’s sort of like a tic.