I only set up fights with fighters that deserve it and who are going to be part of a great fight for fans. – A Floyd Mayweather fight generally goes something like this.For 12 rounds an out-matched opponent swings and flails and misses. Mayweather has never been knocked out, never knocked down, never beaten in 47 pro bouts.
Last month, his former fiancée, Shantel Jackson, filed a civil lawsuit including claims of battery, false imprisonment and allegations that the fighter pointed a gun at her.
A year ago, Harris still viewed her history with Mayweather as a love story gone wrong. I didn't understand what a battered woman was at that time.
Mayweather is the highest-earning athlete in sports – he collected .5 million for his September 2013 victory over Saul Alvarez – and once posted online an ATM receipt that indicated an account balance of 3 million.
Harris believes the whirlwind, combined with fear of financial vulnerability and personal isolation, can cause many women to stay in a destructive relationship.
She has written a book she hopes to publish in 2015.
She wants her own experience to serve as a source of comfort and inspiration to other women trapped in a cycle of abuse.
Now, in the light of recent public awareness sparked by a video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator, with even President Obama's weighing in on efforts to stop domestic violence, she sees it differently."I was a battered woman," Harris said. Now I know I was in a very dysfunctional, hostile relationship and a victim of domestic violence."Mayweather's representatives declined to comment for this story.
"I felt embarrassed about saying I was a battered woman. Rather than be part of the sad narrative of domestic violence, Harris has taken charge.
Josie Harris, Mayweather's former long-term partner and mother to three of his four children, doesn't see Mayweather much these days.
Occasionally he will collect their children in person, but more often than not they are transported using the jet service he uses for much of his travel outside of Las Vegas.
However Mayweather has kept himself in good shape following the win and has repeatedly discussed potential opponents since hanging up his gloves.