It may seem somewhere between petty and macabre, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. apparently feels there’s a good reason to go after his dead ex-girlfriend for $9,060.
It’s definitely not about the money. Mayweather, who is 50-0 in the boxing ring, is estimated by Forbes to made earned $915 million over the past decade.
Josie Harris died while her lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr. was pending
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and former girlfriend Josie Harris had three children together in what proved to be a turbulent relationship. Harris had accused Mayweather of battery in July 2005 only to subsequently recant her story. She made a new accusation in September 2010, leading to the boxer being taken into custody on multiple charges that included felony and misdemeanor domestic battery.
Mayweather was sentenced in December 2011 to serve 90 days in county jail after a plea deal dropping the felony count. He ended up serving two months the following summer.
Harris recounted the incident in a 2014 USA Today interview in which she alleged she had been physically abused on six occasions. Mayweather responded in a 2015 interview by calling Harris a drug abuser. Days after Mayweather’s victory in the ring against Manny Pacquiao, Harris sued the welterweight champion for $20 million for defamation.
That suit remained unresolved when Harris, 40, was found dead in her car on March 10, 2020. The office of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner subsequently ruled the death an accidental drug overdose after the autopsy found Fentanyl and Alprarzoam in Harris’ system.
What’s the strategy behind pursuing $9,060?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. made a series of posts on social media shortly after Josie Harris’ death, referring to his ex-girlfriend as “My Angel” and “My Rock” among other tributes, but the sweet and sentimental side of the boxer with 27 victories by knockout didn’t last long.
TheBlast.com reported that Mayweather filed a legal motion against Harris days after she was found dead in the driveway of her home.
According to the website, Mayweather is pursuing $9,060 in sanctions from his ex-girlfriend’s estate and her lawyer on the grounds that questions submitted by Mayweather’s representatives regarding her $20 million defamation lawsuit, which was scheduled to go to trial Dec. 7, 2020, had gone unanswered.
A judge has yet to rule on Mayweather’s filing.
The boxer’s lawyers appear to be angling for a dismissal of the defamation case, which would prevent Harris’ estate from taking over the suit. That may be a moot point since Mayweather’s filing says there is no evidence Harris left behind a will or a trust.
Floyd Mayweather’s net worth would make a $20 million setback meaningless
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been a participant in some of the most lucrative sporting events in history, so the prospect of losing $20 million in the defamation suit pending against him at the time of Josie Harris’ death couldn’t have been of great concern.
Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in 2015 in a bout that grossed $72 million at the ticket window and much more via pay-per-view. However, even that was dwarfed by the August 2017 win by TKO over UFC star Conor McGregor. The live gate was $55.4 million, but PPV boosted the gross, leading to multiple reports that Mayweather walked away with $300 million.
That fight helps explain why Floyd Mayweather’s net worth was recently pegged at a minimum of $560 million.