*Although Floyd Mayweather is an overwhelming 11-to-1 favorite to beat WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana Saturday night, there are concerns that his personal life might be more of a distraction than his jail sentence nearly three years ago for domestic assault.
Three weeks ago the 37-year-old Mayweather announced that he and his longtime live-in fiancee, “Miss” Shantel Jackson had broken up. On Wednesday night, Showtime’s All-Access reality series revealed that the breakup came shortly after Jackson, who was pregnant by Mayweather with twins, was no longer pregnant. [Scroll down to watch.]
On Thursday, he posted a sonogram of the twins on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, stating: “The real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies. #ShantelJackson #FloydMayweather #TheMoneyTeam #TMT”
According to Fight Hype, Mayweather had also suspected that the children were not his, but claims the real reason he and Jackson split was the abortion:
According to one source, Jackson originally claimed to have had a miscarriage, but it didn’t take long for Mayweather to discover the truth of the abortion. Mayweather was said to be affected “emotionally and mentally” as abortions go against his belief of killing babies. Furthermore, we’re informed that Mayweather began to question if the babies she was carrying were really his, causing him to call an abrupt end to the relationship.
The photo and messages were removed from Floyd’s Facebook quickly after being posted, but not before screencaps of it spread through social media like wildfire.
Despite the drama created by the pregnancy and breakup, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has no concerns about how the events have affected his friend.
“I don’t think Floyd Mayweather gets affected by too many things as it relates to preparation for a fight,” Ellerbe said. “Come Saturday night, you will see an even more exciting Floyd.
Mayweather, a 10-time world champion and world’s pound-for-pound best with a 45-0 record, is scheduled to earn at least $32 million for his 36 (or fewer) minutes in the ring against Maidana (Showtime pay per view, 9 p.m. ET Saturday).
During a roundtable discussion with reporters Tuesday, Mayweather refused to answer a question about how he’s been since his breakup with Jackson. He called the question “rude,” though nobody at the time was aware of the loss of the twins.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, whose company is co-promoting the fight, says he’s concerned about Mayweather’s mental state.
“There’s no question about it, he’s distracted,” Schaefer said. “Think about it, we saw a very emotional Floyd (during Wednesday’s press conference – scroll down to watch). Clearly, with a day or two to go until fight night, against without question one of the most dangerous opponents he’s fought, his focus should be 100% on the fight.
“With what we’ve seen, and what we’re hearing today, I think there is a lot of other things going through Floyd’s head. In one moment he says it might be my last fight, the next he’s saying he might fight more than the three fights. There’s a lot of stuff going through Floyd’s head.”
Below, the “All Access” episode featuring Mayweather discussing the pregnancy (at the 3:15 mark), followed by the pre-fight press conference.