According to an Aug. 25 report from The Guardian, Floyd Mayweather didn't take kindly to being shamed for having a reading problem. Mayweather, 37, tweeted a photo of two checks totaling over $72 million, to quiet the critics who mocked him for having difficulties reading a promo for Charlamagne Tha God's radio show.
Earlier in the week, 50 Cent challenged Mayweather to read a page out of a Harry Potter book without stumbling. 50 Cent said he would donate a sizable amount of money to charity if Mayweather could do so. When Mayweather failed to accept the challenge, Charlamagne Tha God piled on by broadcasting a tape of the superstar boxer struggling to read a promo for his show. Charlamagne Tha God clearly bullied Mayweather and that was wrong, but the star boxer didn't help the situation with his response.
Here's the thing: Mayweather could have made it through this fiasco by admitting he has a learning disability and that he had a rough childhood, which prevented him from learning to read well. Instead, he played up his heel role by posting a picture of a check for millions of dollars, essentially noting that it doesn't matter if you can read as long as you have a lot of money.
Mayweather, who never graduated from high school, could have taken the high road by responding in a positive manner. He should have used this embarrassing situation to create awareness for adult illiteracy, and to take time to learn how to read. It would have made for a great story, being that he is a role model to millions of people around the world.
Is it important that Mayweather knows how to read? Absolutely. He has to sign contracts worth millions of dollars, so it would be in his best interests to know how to read. Additionally, Mayweather could serve as a better role model to children and adults around the world, if he takes the time to learn how to read. Of course, it's his life, so he can do whatever he wants.