Still wondering who to root for Saturday night? In Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s latest heel move (which continues to show his arrogance and lack of self-awareness), he has reportedly banned from MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas a pair of reporters who had covered the boxer's history of abusing women.
You can find lots of reading material on the subject of Mayweather's history with women here.
CNN's Rachel Nichols, as well as ESPN/HBO reporter Michelle Beadle, took to Twitter to break the news about themselves.
Here's my interview with Floyd Mayweather from this past fall, the same week the Ray Rice video was leaked: https://t.co/yFiBhEQhFb— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 2, 2015
MGM Grand is the site of Mayweather's fight with Manny Pacquiao Saturday night, purportedly the richest matchup in the history of the sport. Mayweather has received considerable criticism in the lead up to the fight for his history of domestic violence.
For what it's worth, one of Mayweather's representatives disputed the claims of Nichols and Beadle. It seems unlikely that the two women would simply make up being barred from the fight.
The parties seem to have spent a portion of Saturday working toward a resolution, although Beadle said it was too late.
HBO spokesman tells me the @MichelleDBeadle credential issue is being resolved, statement possibly coming. She'll be at fight I'm told.— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) May 2, 2015
After hearing my credential was pulled, I went home. Told this morning that HBO was able to get it re-approved late last night.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) May 2, 2015
Mayweather's attempt to control the narrative is a weak one. It is unclear why he apparently banned Nichols and Beadle when his troubling past has been a topic of conversation all week on all sorts of media platforms, including ESPN's Outside the Lines.
The Twitter masses, easily excitable and angered, were especially so Saturday.
I can't think of a more narrow-minded, short-sighted decision by Mayweather's camp than banning two prominent women in sports media.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) May 2, 2015
Mayweather really controls credentialing? Glad to see boxing' organizing bodies are as toothless as they appear to be.— Jane McManus (@janesports) May 2, 2015
I'm glad this fight got made, if only so the spotlight on Floyd Mayweather in the run-up could reinforce what a dreadful human being he is.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 2, 2015
Floyd Mayweather, who mistreats women habitually, tried to silence two who had the temerity to tell truths about him that must be heard.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 2, 2015
It may be the "fight of the century" but I refuse to watch something that glorifies a repeated/convicted woman beater... #BoycottMayweather— Heidi Watney (@HeidiWatney) May 2, 2015
His name is Money Mayweather because he uses Money to get out of Trouble for Hitting Women.— jonnifer lopez (@senderblock23) May 2, 2015
Retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya, meanwhile, perhaps best summarized popular opinion on Mayweather and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith with one tweet.
Tim Healey is a contributor to Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @timbhealey.