"Well, you know, congratulations, but you know the sport is starting to look bad when a female fighter from a whole other sport is on the cover of a boxing book," stated retired undefeated former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, who shared his thoughts on UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey being featured on the cover of the latest edition of Ring Magazine. The move drew harsh criticism from diehard boxing fans and some members of the media, especially considering that Rousey's next opponent is decorated former three-division boxing world champion Holly Holm. In fact, you'd have to go as far back as 1978 to find the first and only time a female boxer, Cathy "Cat" Davis, was featured on the cover of the magazine. According to Mayweather, the fact that Rousey is on the cover is simply proof that things aren't going quite as well as they may seem for Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya, who acquired the magazine nearly 8 years ago.
"You gotta realize this, we all know Oscar De La Hoya owns the Ring Magazine. That shows you; he has no fighters but Canelo. Basically, it's like he's trying to steal her from Dana White. Richard Shaefer, he built Golden Boy from the ground up, helped them make tons and tons of money, and what did this guy do? This is real talk, how can Canelo or any fighter hold their head up high and say, 'You know what? I'm proud for Oscar, a guy that dressed in drag and been on coke.' I mean, the world knows this. How can you hold your head up high and say, 'You know what? I'm proud for this person to be my promoter'," Mayweather explained during a recent conversation with FightHype.com. "A guy that's going to promote me as a fighter, I want them to care about my well-being when it's all said and done. The promoter should be able to make money, but when it's all said and done, the talent should win, and not just having their hand raised after the fight. Financially, the fighter should win."
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