Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. may not be fighting anymore, but his opinion still carries weight — which for the first time in a while may be a good thing.
When asked in a YouTube video what he thought of UFC fighter Nick Diaz’s recent five-year suspension for his third positive test for marijuana, Mayweather did not mince words.
“Man, let the man smoke weed and enjoy his life,” Mayweather responded.
I never thought we’d say this, Floyd, but we couldn’t agree with you more.
Someone else who may be surprised to find herself agreeing with her media rival Mayweather on anything is popular UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.
Rousey has also spoken out against the Nevada State Athletic Commission who assigned Diaz’s punishment. At the UFC 193 press conference, Rousey took it upon herself to speak up in defense of her longtime friend, Diaz.
“It’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana,” she said. “I’m against them testing for any weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug. It has nothing to do with athletic competition, and it’s only tested for political reasons.”
I doubt we’ll see a combined statement from Mayweather and Rousey, who’s been quoted saying she was not surprised at all when viewership for her fight surpassed the endlessly promoted Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. But it is nice to see some of the biggest names in combat sports speaking out against this entirely arbitrary, backward punishment that has effectively ended a talented fighter’s career.
“I don’t think marijuana should be part of the conversation at all,” Rousey ended. “I think it’s an invasion of privacy for them to test for it, and they have no right.”