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.
rationalized to the Manila Standard that while “beating a lady is highly
critical, it is not a major sin or crime.”
in the ensuing aftermath, the Sulaiman and the WBC was then compelled to
release this statement on Wednesday afternoon:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
just wanted Floyd to know that the WBC will always stay strongly in his
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
truth to the rumor that Sulaiman named Ike Turner one of his “emeritus