Jose Sulaiman caused a bit of a firestorm over Floyd Mayweather
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Dec 29, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Jose Sulaiman caused a bit of a firestorm when he spoke of the WBC not stripping Floyd Mayweather of their welterweight title despite being convicted of a felony (which is in their rules). Mayweather is scheduled to begin his 90-day sentence on January 6th for charges of domestic violence against the mother of his three children, Josie Harris.
Sulaiman rationalized to the Manila Standard that while “beating a lady is highly critical, it is not a major sin or crime.” 
OK, in the ensuing aftermath, the Sulaiman and the WBC was then compelled to release this statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“I would like to clarify my feelings about some recent comments of mine and apologize for not finding the right words in English - there are many times when I cannot find the right words to express what I really mean. The comments attributed to me are a complete misrepresentation of my true feelings.
“I am a devoted husband and father of two daughters and have three wonderful granddaughters as well. The Virgin of Guadalupe is my superior saint. I am the person that developed female boxing and I am the person in the WBC that has always been concerned with the protection of women in the ring. I have always been a strong supporter of women’s rights and the protection of women in society. Those are the facts – everybody knows me.
“In my comments, I just meant to say that I have always been in the corner of all the boxers of the world. They are my greatest heroes and, good or bad, I will always be in their corner.
“I know Floyd Mayweather personally and I know that he’s a good person. I know that he accepted a plea deal for a serious offense and I did not intend to make light of that. The judge sentenced him to 90 days, which I think is fair. 
“But I know that Floyd is a good human being with a good heart and I am confident that he will redeem himself with his actions in the future.
“I just wanted Floyd to know that the WBC will always stay strongly in his corner.”
In other words, “Hey, I goofed, but c'mon, I'm not giving up those sanctioning fees that come along with his fights. Are you crazy?! I got a dictatorship to run here!”
No truth to the rumor that Sulaiman named Ike Turner one of his “emeritus champions.”

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