During the interview Mayweather stated of claims he beat Harris in acts he was convicted of in criminal court, "Did I kick, stomp and beat someone? No, that didn't happen. I look in your face and say, 'No, that didn't happen.' Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs? Yes, I did. So if they say that's domestic violence, then, you know what? I'm guilty. I'm guilty of restraining someone."
Harris contends she is not a drug user and Mayweather has defamed her to the world with these statements. Harris' lawyer stated, "Mayweather’s vicious lies about Harris, made to a world-wide audience, were designed to hype Mayweather’s upcoming fight with Pacquiao (in which Mayweather is believed to have earned a staggering nine-figure income), to avoid bad press by deflecting responsibility for beating the mother of his children, and instead, to cast Harris as a violent, drug-abusing, aggressor who needed to be restrained. These lies were calculated to cause severe harm to Harris both personally and professionally...Floyd “Money” Mayweather could not afford the bad press, public outcry and backlash that would have certainly resulted had he truthfully answered Katie Couric’s questions about the morning of September 9, 2010. Instead, Mayweather chose to tell lies about Harris: lies that labeled her as a drug-abuser and an aggressor."
Mayweather was arrested and jailed for punching and kicking ex-girlfriend Harris, in a jealous rage, because she began dating famous NBA basketball player, CJ Watson. Mayweather has several girlfriends, but expected loyalty from Harris, the love of his life, though they were no longer an item. However, as they were not married, she was free to date whomever she felt like pursuing a relationship with. Harris was not the aggressor, as Mayweather broke into her home as she slept on the couch and began beating her for dating Watson. She was repeatedly punched in the head and in order to properly view the bruising, doctors would have needed to shave her head, creating more trauma.
Harris has a case. Mayweather was convicted of beating her and went to jail for 2-months. This will go against him in civil court and not play well with the jury. Mayweather has to prove Harris was using drug at the time of the incident and if her medical records do not reveal such an item, he is liable for defamation and the accompanying damages.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather after their bout last week
Mayweather was also convicted of beating two of Harris' female friends at a night club in Las Vegas years ago. He also faced police investigation for punching Melissa Brim, the mother of his eldest child, on two separate occasions, which left her with injuries.
This is not the first time Mayweather's verbal claims have gotten him into trouble. Years ago, rival boxer Manny Pacquiao sued Mayweather for publicly stating he uses performance enhancing drugs and will not submit to drug testing, allegations the Filipino star denied. The case changed court venues, then Mayweather settled it out of court.