“An Unearned Belt to Someone Who Is an Absolute Embarrassment of a Human Being”: Winner of Floyd Mayweather’s Fight With Crime Family Boss’ Grandson to Receive Custom Made WBC Belt and Fans Aren’t Happy About It

Published 05/14/2023, 9:54 AM EDT

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Picture this: A retired boxing legend, unbeaten in his career, squares off against the grandson of an infamous crime boss in an exhibition match. The prize? Not just the typical bragging rights, but a custom-made, Juneteenth-themed belt from the World Boxing Council (WBC). An odd commemoration for a match that isn’t part of the formal boxing canon, wouldn’t you agree?

Two strikingly different figures are brought together for the first of Floyd’s 5 exhibition matches. Floyd Mayweather Jr., an undeniable legend in the sport of boxing, is on one side of the ring. Mayweather has solidified his reputation as one of the best boxers of all time with a perfect 50-0 record. The opponent on the opposite side is John Gotti III, a professional boxer with a notable past but not a lot of experience. The famed mafia leader John Gotti’s grandson, Gotti, has a 2-0 boxing record and a 5-1 MMA record.

This is precisely the spectacle set to unfold as Floyd Mayweather prepares to step into the ring against John Gotti III. Amidst the fanfare and hype, however, the announcement of this unique award has set off an unexpected firestorm in the world of boxing fans. So, why are fans so unhappy about it?


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The Prize That’s Stirring Up the Fans: Floyd Mayweather vs. Gotti III

The Juneteenth-themed WBC belt has been specially designed as a tribute to the national holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It’s a one-of-a-kind keepsake, intended to be awarded to the winner of the exhibition match between Mayweather and Gotti III. The choice to tie in such a significant cultural symbol with this match has certainly ruffled some feathers.


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Jimmy Reading’s take was notably harsher, labeling the belt as “an unearned belt to someone who is an absolute embarrassment of a human being.”

Marco Gonzalez, seemingly baffled by the decision, queried, “Why? It’s not a sanctioned belt fight. Horrible.”

Scotty Tucker Jr. shared his frustration, saying, “What an absolute joke this is. They are hyping up a bout between a retired legend who’s 50-0 and some kid who got a 2–0 boxing record and a 5-1 MMA record… It’s stupid! It’s a MONEY GRAB!”


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Meanwhile, David Ortega offered a lighter perspective, jesting, “What if he loses?” And then there was Paul Schmidt, who could only laugh at the entire situation, commenting, “Hysterical!! Lmaolololololololololololololololololololol.”

Despite the uproar among fans, the spectacle of the event is undeniable. The match offers a unique blend of historical commemoration, personal achievement, and the contentious thrill of boxing, all wrapped up in a single, high-profile event.

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However, the mixed reactions to the belt underscore a fundamental question about the sport: what truly makes a boxing match worth watching? Is it the illustrious history and reputation of the fighters? The promise of an exciting competition? Or could it be the controversies and dramas that unfold outside the ring?

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Written by:

Mrinal Mishra


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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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