Can Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read?

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images

One of the ongoing jabs against the pound-for-pound undisputed greatest boxer (sorry, Vasyl Lomachenko) Floyd Mayweather Jr. is that while he’s a multimillionaire with several exotic women at his side, he has trouble reading big words aloud.

Like “Worcestershire” and “mischievous.”

I believe that the Mayweather rumor got started around the time that Mayweather was beefing with 50 Cent, who posted a video challenging Mayweather to read a full page of a Harry Potter book (NSFW):

And then the rumor that Mayweather couldn’t read grew until it became damn near fact. It didn’t help that there was recorded proof that Mayweather seemed to stumble over words while reading:

And video that showed him reading really, really slowly:

It’s a barb that has followed Mayweather around like his overpaid entourage that carries his bags of money. During the most recent promotional tour to sell Mayweather’s grossly stupid fight with the completely overmatched Conor McGregor, the Irishman clowned the fighter, claiming that he carries a book bag around and can’t even read.

Which got me to wondering: Can Floyd Mayweather Jr. read? The short answer is, yes. In fact, the above videos prove that Mayweather is reading. Is he reading proficiently? Is he reading at grade level? Now, that I’m not sure of.


TMZ Sports recently posted video of Mayweather recording promotional videos for his upcoming fight, but truthfully, I don’t know if this proves that Mayweather can read, since he could have memorized the pretty simple spots.

I’d like to think that reading is required to become a millionaire—and then I look at the White House and remember that anything is possible.

Read more at TMZ Sports.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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