On Wednesday, Mayweather took a photo with President-Elect Donald Trump, which was tweeted by Donald Trump Jr.
Mayweather has not been especially politically active, but the photo op with the controversial Republican President-elect comes about a month after his controversial #alllivesmatter comment in response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback #ColinKaepernick's decision to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem.
“I’m here to say all lives matter," Mayweather told Tha Boxing Voice. "A lot of times we get stuck, and we are followers. You hear one person say, ‘Black lives matter’ or ‘blue lives matter’… all lives matter.”
Mayweather said people need police officers.
“What I learned from boxing — what everyone can take in real life — is follow directions and follow orders," Mayweather said. " Don’t give nobody a hard time. When someone breaks in your house, when someone breaks in your car, the first thing you do is call the police. With me being a fighter, and my hands being registered, if I hit a guy for breaking in my house or break in my car, it’s going to cost me more money. So I have to work smarter not harder. I’m gonna call the cops."
Mayweather in the October interview said Kaepernick should shift his priorities.
“Kaepernick needs to... stand up and get the starting job. That’s what he needs to focus on, but I can’t knock him. If that’s what he believes in and people want to stand by him, then so be it. He's got the number one selling jersey, so it’s obvious he doing something right.”
Since the interview in October, Kaepernick has obtained the starting job for the 49ers, so Mayweather should be happy in that regard.
As for Mayweather's meeting with Trump, it looks like the future president is over his one-time negativity toward the retired champ. Trump and Mayweather have apparently been friendly since Trump and his wife Melania attended the 2015 Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.
In 2014, however, Trump publicly disagreed with the judges' scorecard when he fought Argentine boxer Marcos Maidana. Mayweather won the fight by unanimous decision.
As we have all learned, Trump doesn't always mean what he says in his tweets, and even if he does, he often changes his mind.
Mayweather has not appeared to make any clear political stands regarding the presidential election, but Mayweather, the richest boxer of all time, is smart enough to know that hanging with the next President of the United States, is probably good for business and public relations.