Why Did Logan Paul, Conor McGregor, 50 Cent, and Others Doubt Floyd Mayweather’s Ability to Read?

Published 05/13/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as he takes on Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather is unquestionably one of the biggest stars to ever grace the boxing ring. None of Mayweather’s opponents could decode his style of fighting and approach to the game. But often we’ve seen his rivals and fellow combatants taking a dig at ‘Pretty Boy’ for his reading disabilities. How and when did all of this actually begin?

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This entire story regarding Mayweather’s reading problems gained credence in 2014. Mayweather’s rival, 50 Cent, once challenged the boxing great to read a page from a Harry Potter book. 50 Cent even assured that if Mayweather does so, he’ll donate a whopping $7,50,000 to the charity.

But in return, ‘TBE’ issued a fiery response to pipe down his rival. He showed 50 Cent how rich he is by tweeting pictures of two paychecks that were cumulatively worth $72,276,000.00.

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Post this incident, Mayweather was involved in a press conference wherein he was asked this question pertaining to reading. Mayweather then reverted and said reading doesn’t pay the bills, at least in his world.

Since then, a string of rivals and opponents took notes of the same and mocked ‘TBE’ over his reading abilities.

In fact in 2017, in a world tour for the Conor McGregor fight, Mayweather got insulted by the Irishman. The ‘Notorious’ said, ”Carrying a school bag on stage. Why you doing a school bag on stage? You can’t even read!” 

Even in a recent press conference, Logan Paul hit wild verbal jabs on Mayweather and interrupted him while he was speaking. Paul said, “Are you reading from a teleprompter? Oh, you can’t read.”

Can Floyd Mayweather read?

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Floyd Mayweather left high school to elevate his career in boxing and to contribute something extensive to his family. He’s seen the toughest days in his life and subsequently, Mayweather’s worked extremely hard to give himself and his family a good quality of life.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during the official weigh-in for his bout against Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on September 14 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

That said, Floyd Mayweather has enough abilities to inspire everyone with his exuberant work ethic and more.

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Also, with the legacy ‘Pretty Boy’ has left behind in the sport of boxing, he’s only looked to inspire a generation of fighters.

Even today, he looks for ways to inspire the budding boxers, thus positively impacting their lives.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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