Floyd Mayweather Jr. had every right to bask in the glory of his record $41.5 million payday after handily defeating Canelo Alvarez Saturday evening.
However, the best fighter of his era took it a step too far when he made light of former rival Oscar De La Hoya’s recent trip to rehab.
Monday evening Mayweather Jr. apologized for an offensive photo that appeared on his Instagram account along with a caption mocking Alvarez’s mentor.
“It's unfortunate that a stupid picture was posted to my Instagram account earlier today that was not posted by me or authorized by me to post,” Mayweather said in an e-mail to the LA Times
Below a sad looking photo of De La Hoya, a caption read “MEANWHILE IN REHAB” followed by, “OSCAR: I gave Canelo the wrong blueprint I was high.”
Mayweather was referencing comments De La Hoya had made about giving Alvarez “the blueprint” to beat him.
In his apology, Mayweather reiterated that he was nothing but supportive about De La Hoya’s decision to go back to rehab.
“As I clearly stated during my fight week and again in the post-fight press conference, I completely support Oscar De La Hoya and his family during this difficult time in his life. Although we have had our differences in the past, I stand by him unconditionally and would never personally disrespect him or anyone who struggles with addiction.”
Along with apologizing to De La Hoya, saying he was “rooting for him to win his fight,” Mayweather also apologized to his Instagram followers.
“I have no ill will towards anyone and have repeatedly stated that I only seek positivity in my life and for others.”