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Mayweather and McGregor can't erase their pasts before their fight

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Before you pay $100 to watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight, please consider the following:

Since 2002, Mayweather has been arrested and charged with battery, theft, and/or obstructing police on multiple occasions.

Mayweather has reportedly committed at least seven assaults against five different women. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to beating the mother of his children, Josie Harris. In her police statement, she described the terrifying night.

Mayweather’s three young children witnessed the beating. His 10-year-old son, Koraun, is the one who called the police. He also issued a voluntary statement to law enforcement.

Mayweather took a plea deal and was sentenced to just 90 days in jail. He was released after 60 days for good behavior and has since denied any wrongdoing.

In an interview with CNN, Mayweather told Rachael Nichols that despite what his own son told police, the lack of photographic evidence was enough to prove his innocence.

Rachael Nichols interview with Floyd Mayweather

However, there are pictures. Court documents show that seven photos were admitted as evidence during the trial. At least three of those photos were taken by the officer who filed the initial police report. In the documents they described Harris’ injuries, "Harris had redness to her face and a large contusion to the right side of her forehead."

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Deadspin requested the photos in 2015, but they had already been destroyed by the state of Nevada. Turns out anyone involved in a criminal case can apply for an order that evidence is released to their lawyer and destroyed.

“Does money matter more than violence against women? I think to many people it does.”
Attorney Gloria Allred on ESPN’s ‘Outside The Lines.’

The city of Las Vegas is set to make hundreds of millions of dollars off Floyd this weekend.

In April, the IRS slapped Mayweather with a $22.2 million federal tax lien for failing to pay his 2015 taxes on the $220-$230 million dollar payday he got for defeating Manny Pacquiao.

“The federal tax lien arises when any 'person' liable to pay any federal tax fails to pay the tax after a demand by the Government for payment.”

In an Instagram post, Mayweather ranted about the amount of money he is required to pay in federal income taxes.

According to Forbes, Mayweather made over $400 million dollars in 2015 from sponsorships and other revenues which puts him in the 39.6 percent tax bracket.

39.6 percent of $400 million is $158,400,000 million. If he’s only paid $26 million so far, it’s unclear why he’s so upset.

People who make $0 to $9,325 a year have to give 10 percent of their income to the IRS. He’s only being asked to pay $48 million total for an income over $400 million. That’s not even 15 percent, which is the amount workers making between $9,325 to $37,950 are required to pay.

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Days after they issued the lien, Mayweather filed for a temporary reprieve from the IRS to wait for payment until after his fight with McGregor claiming he didn’t have enough cash on hand to pay for it and needed to wait until his next paycheck.

On the other hand, Conor McGregor may pay his taxes (as far as we know) and he’s never been accused of violence against women, but he’s still not the "good guy" in this matchup.

McGregor sparked outrage after referring to Mayweather as a “dancing monkey” during a press conference earlier this summer.

He later claimed he was referring to the "circus in Mayweather’s gym" and he would “not disrespect any race like that.”

He went on to say Mayweather was exploiting his comments for attention and brought up his history of domestic violence,

“It’s a weak move on his part to even try to instigate something, and something so sensitive. But that’s the individual he is, he’s a man who beats his wife in front of his kids, all I can say is – I never spoke them things.”
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Last month during a media tour leading up to the fight, reporters asked him about his racist comments and his response seemed to only make things worse.

“A lot of you in the media seem to be saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half black? I’m half black from the bellybutton down.”

Later he stood up and said, "here’s a present for my beautiful black female fans,” and proceeded to swivel his hips like Elvis.

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