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3 things we learned from ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' segment on Floyd Mayweather

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There's a LOT that was discussed about the world's most decorated fighter.

ESPN's Outside the Lines segment took a half-hour to discuss and dissect Floyd Mayweather prior to his huge fight with Manny Pacquiao on May 2. But the discussion didn't focus on Mayweather's impenetrable defense or his amazing counter-punching abilities. They talked about the sensitive topic of domestic violence surrounding Mayweather and the NFL, how it has been handled by both sports and much more.

Here's what we learned:

1) The boxing industry has virtually ignored Mayweather's history of domestic violence

Mayweather was convicted five times in the last 14 years. Once, he punched a woman three times in the face. In July 2001 he punched the same woman in the neck. In May 2003 he allegedly hit and punched women with a closed fist, a case which was later vacated. In December 2003 he allegedly hit longtime lover Josie Harris in the face and was found not guilty after she changed her story. In December 2010 he had another incident with Harris, where he grabbed her by her hair and struck her at the back of the head and threatened to kill her and beat her in front of their kids. She was wheeled away on a stretcher and, when asked about it by ESPN in March, he denied it.

He eventually pleaded guilty in this case, but only received 90 days in jail, which was eventually reduced for good behavior after the imprisonment was delayed so he could fight Miguel Cotto.

Mayweather was the same fighter who, in 2001, taunted Diego "Chico" Corrales about his impending jail sentence for assaulting his wife. To get under his opponent's skin, Mayweather dedicated the bout to "all the battered women in the world" and came out to a song that admonished violence against women. The point -- as always with the decorated fighter -- is that he's a showman, the greatest in the sport. And as long as the sport can continue to profit from him and his antics, his problems can be swept under the rug.

The bottom line is, as OTL noted, "When Mayweather steps in the ring, Vegas cashes out."

2) The NFL took a harder stance on Ray Rice than boxing has on Mayweather

There were sweeping comparisons made between the domestic violence cases handled by the NFL and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NFL had a hellish year in public relations with multiple violent crimes committed by some of the sport's top stars. The way the league investigated each case and meted out penalties afterwards re-ignited a national conversation about understanding and preventing domestic violence.

Even in its lackluster responses, the NFL showed its dependence on teams rather than individual players to create revenue and maintain an audience base. As a result, it can suspend multiple players for off-the-field issues (domestic violence incidents, drugs, etc.) and still maintain a steady stream of sponsorship dollars and fan attention on Sundays. The sport of boxing just can't get rid of one of its top stars.

Between Pay-Per-View buys, filled seats and merchandising, every revenue stream surrounding a bout is based on the two fighters in a main event, not even counting the potential other eight fighters booked for the event. In a dying sport that only has, potentially, 10 noticeable stars depending on the demographic, Vegas can't afford to punish its biggest draws.

Boxing can't lose a Mayweather or Adrien Broner or Danny Garcia or Wladimir Klitchsko or Bryant Jennings because people barely recognize the craft in the 21st century compared to previous decades. If they lose one guy, for one main event, it's basically equivalent to the NFL losing four to six games on Sunday.

Most of the vitriol aimed at the NFL focused on how soon Ray Rice would be allowed to play after resolving his misdemeanor assault charge. When Mayweather's misdemeanor sentence got pushed back so he could fight Cotto before going to jail, the Nevada commission bent over backwards to rush a one-fight license to accommodate it.

3) Mayweather will always be a shameless promoter first and foremost

No matter what questions are thrown at Mayweather about his domestic violence issues, whether it was in March when OTL interviewed him and his father, or years ago in the midst of earlier accusations, Mayweather will always continue to promote his fights.

Mayweather's mind games with the media allow him to ignore questions that might knock "The Money Team" brand, leaving him free to disparage the opponent and talk about anything else from a removed perch. Heck, he even refers to himself in the third person in his promos with ESPN.

The classic Mayweather response to questions about his lifestyle, his domestic violence issues or anything in the ring is simple: "Only God Can Judge Me." OTL's main issue with Mayweather is that someone -- the state's regulatory commission -- should judge him. And they're failing miserably at it.