NOTEBOOK: Floyd Mayweather and Ray Rice breaking big news on same day

There was that uncomfortable moment Tuesday afternoon when ESPN is showing an exclusive interview with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, and soon Floyd Mayweather announced his next fight.

Rice was doing the interview to talk about how he has not been able to catch on with a team this season now that he has served his time for hitting his wife in an elevator.

Mayweather, who took a lot of heat leading up to his fight against Manny Pacquiao in May, announced he would be fighting Andre Berto in September to complete his huge contract with Showtime.

Here are some notes on some of the news of the day, including Rice and Mayweather.

Does Ray Rice deserve a second chance: Rice certainly seems remorseful, and from what we know of his past, this seems like a one-time offense. This is a country of forgiveness. And he is still with his wife, the woman he hit. But the video is so jarring. It is hard to erase from your mind. If I were an owner, I would believe he should have a second shot, but I don’t know if I could be the one who gives it to him.

Mayweather looks more like the bad guy: While Rice seems remorseful, Mayweather has been defiant. Despite a history of domestic violence, Mayweather keeps plugging along. And it hasn’t hurt his career, as Mayweather earned over $200 million for his victory over Pacquiao, a record in boxing.

Mayweather’s last opponent: Of all the fighters Mayweather could have fought, he picked Andre Berto? Three years ago, this would have been a great fight. But Berto has gone 3-3 in his last six fights and seems like a shell of himself based on the results.

Some thought it should have been Amir Khan. I thought better fights would be Keith Thurman or Shawn Porter, who are in the stables of manager Al Haymon.

But the biggest question to me is, why not Danny Garcia? He has dominated the junior welterweight division and he would provide an exciting fight against Mayweather.

Floyd wants to go down as the best fighter of all time. He certainly is the best boxer in his generation, but it’s hard to give him the distinction of best ever. He ducked the best fighters until they were well past their primes. The headliners on his resume — Oscar De La Hoya, Pacquiao, Shane Mosley — were all well past their primes.

Speaking of Garcia: I was watching Garcia’s fight over the weekend, and I was wondering why his career hasn’t progressed like it should. By progressed, I mean why isn’t he headlining a pay-per-view?

In 2012, he knocked out Amir Khan to unify the WBA and WBC belts. And he’s beaten a lot of good fighters along the way.

Pacquiao has said he would like to fight Garcia, and that would have provided him a career-best payday. But because Haymon won’t do deals with Top Rank outside of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, that won’t happen.

So the question is, what can Haymon do to see Garcia gets the big payday and exposure to headline a pay-per-view, which it appears he will have to do without the drawing power of fighting a Pacquiao or Mayweather.

A fight against Pacquiao would likely earn Garcia $5 million based on Pacquiao’s past opponents on pay-per-view. Garcia is managed by Al Haymon and there’s a lot of fighters at his disposal. One is Mayweather, but that won’t happen if he does retire after his fight against Berto.

So it will be interesting to see where Garcia goes from here.


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