*As the excitement continues to build about the long, overdue boxing match between Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao this Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, many boxing aficionados believe this will be the biggest and richest fight in the history of the sport. While boxing fans are preparing to witness an epic battle between Mayweather and Pacquiao that will feature both fighters trading formidable right and left jabs, hooks, overhands, and uppercuts, Mayweather, has already been hit with a powerful literary “right hand to the champ.”
In a new “tell-all” memoir by Tasha Robinson-White (with Cassandra Cousineau) entitled, “Right Hand to the Champ: 13 Lessons That Changed My Life,” readers will have a ringside seat as they get a rare glimpse into both the personal and professional worlds of the undefeated boxing superstar from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Simply put, very few people know Mayweather the way Robinson-White does. After all, she worked for the boxing legend for 12 years as CEO of Mayweather Music and President of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Foundation.
Published by Write Hand Publishing & Entertainment, LLC, the book is divided into 13 chapters, which the author equates to a 12-round fight, with one more round added for true and reflective finality. The 13-round book gives Robinson-White the writing platforms to render candid accounts of the champ, up close and personal, inclusive of his entourages, women, extravagant shopping sprees, questionable business decisions, electrifying and epic parties, Mayweather Music, generosity that sometimes bordered on the ridiculous, relationships with family, talk of retirement and more.
In Chapter/Round 5: Below the Belt, Robinson-White describes working for Mayweather as a paradox of great rewards and great consequences. She writes that she was often richly rewarded for her hard work. There was an expensive new car, $100,000 in jewelry that included a Cartier watch, diamond earrings, the replacement of the diamond solitaire in her wedding ring, and more.
Being so close to Mayweather for so long greatly impacted Robinson-White’s marriage, as she would call Floyd, her “work husband.”
“I didn’t coin that phrase,” said Robinson-White, a Michigan native, who once lived in Atlanta and worked with such recording artists as TLC, Outkast, Usher and Toni Braxton. “But it’s applicable here. Working with Floyd was demanding. I was on the clock upwards of 14 hours a day. Sometimes I felt like I was doing 24-hour shifts. I was immersed in his business and the ups and downs of his personal life, much like I was for my husband Kevin.”
In Chapter/Round 7: Work Spouse, Robinson-White continued.
“I was in and out of the house so much that I didn’t realize Kevin wasn’t wearing his wedding ring,” she wrote. “Not wearing his band maybe makes him feel less married to me. Ironically, wearing mine makes me feel less married to him. It’s the last tangible and meaningful symbol of my connection to my ‘work husband,’ Floyd Mayweather.”
While there is much more to be shared about Mayweather, the man, the boxer, perhaps the most mind-blowing account of the boxer comes when Robinson-White and the champ met 3 Comma Joe, a “slick talking” entrepreneur, according to Robinson-White, who convinces Mayweather that he (the entrepreneur) could turn millions into billions, via a complicated trading program.
Robinson-White said despite her reservations and advice, her boss forked over $15 million to the man as an investment, via the man’s attorney in Canada. The entrepreneur, said Robinson-White, soon became very elusive and unreachable. “No one could find Joe,” said Robinson-White. “And no one could find Floyd’s money.”
Robinson-White and Mayweather eventually broke off their business relationship in April of 2009.
“I walked away with dignity,” said the author, who once produced and promoted high profile celebrity events, such as the official after parties for Billboard Music Awards and BET Awards. “There were some things that people refused to take ownership of, and I didn’t want to be the fall guy.”
When asked about her reasons for writing the book.
“I want to set the record straight about why I had to walk away from what was perceived as a dream job,” Robinson-White said. “Additionally, writing this book allowed me to really learn a lot about myself. It was therapeutic, because at the end of every chapter, I talk about the valuable lessons I’ve learned from everything that I experienced in life, including working for Floyd and maintaining my family, all of which have allowed me to become who I am today; someone who I’m extremely proud of.”
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