In the ring, Floyd Mayweather Jr. can be relied upon to show off a stunning skill set of pugilistic tools that have made him the sport's acknowledged pound-for-pound kingpin. Outside the ring, when there's a microphone around, Mayweather frequently shows off a personality that quickly puts people who absorb the "Money" persona in a "love him" or "hate him" camp.
As for which camp the folks at PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have taken to, well, let's just say they probably won't be buying the Mayweather-Miguel Cotto pay-per-view on May 5 to cheer on the 35-year-old ace pugilist/buzz creator.
On Saturday's debut screening of HBO's "24/7" miniseries, the docu-drama/info-tainment effort to educate fans and potential buyers of the May 5 event, Mayweather was questioned by an off-camera interviewer about his training camp.
"In this training camp, we're boxing nonstop, and when we get in the ring, it's called the doghouse," Mayweather said. "So if you look at the ring, it's always surrounded by a bunch of people, 'cause that's the doghouse. When you go to a dog fight and you watch pitbulls fight ..." And here he pauses, seeming to understand he has entered into iffy, Michael Vick-ian territory.
He continues: "I don't want to get in trouble by -- what's the people called, PETA? I don't want to get in trouble with the PETA people, but ... the animal rights people, but s---, I don't give a f---, 'cause I wear mink coats. I'm gonna wear chinchilla and I'm gonna rock mink coats. The same people want to tell you, 'You can't wear animal fur and s---, them's the same people that's eating chickens, eating cows, eating steak. So f--- what they're talking about."...