Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been ordered to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to answer questions about unsafe training conditions at his Las Vegas gym, ESPN reports.
The commission will question Mayweather, a licensed promoter and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter, about scenes from Showtime’s “All Access” series, which depicted boxers Hasim Rahman Jr. and Donovan Cameron fighting for 31 consecutive minutes. Rahman Jr. was upset after his brother was dealt a serious beating at the hands of Cameron during a sparring session.
During the episode, Mayweather called these intense sessions, where members of the gym wagered on the outcome, “The dog house — the rules are you fight till whoever quits.” He expounded on the “dog house,” saying “Guys fight to the death. It’s not right, but it’s dog house rules.”
The lack of concern for the fighters’ safety concerned the commission.
“On Sunday, I watched the episodes when they were sent to me by another commissioner,” NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar told ESPN. “I was watching the part with the sparring sessions. Our main concern is the health and safety of the fighters and not just on fight night, but also in sparring and in training.
“The point of asking him to come to the meeting is not to accuse anyone of anything. We want to get a clarification about what happened on ‘All Access.’ There were situations in sparring sessions that we need to talk about. One thing is to talk about making sure you have two equally paired fighters and that you’re not putting one fighter in danger. The other is the round that went 31 minutes.”
Source: Fox Sports