This audio clip of Floyd Mayweather’s reading skill is depressing

Phonics is the last thing this fighter is hooked on. 


Greg Seals


Published Aug 22, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 5:38 pm CDT

For most celebrities, the ice bucket challenge is yet another way for them to flaunt their Hollywood friendships by calling out their famous friends to take the polar plunge. But leave it to rapper 50 Cent to put a different twist on the wildly viral fundraiser, challenging fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a reading contest.

On Thursday, the rapper posted a video to his Facebook page daring Mayweather to read an entire page from a book in the Harry Potter series “out loud without starting and stopping or fucking up.” The reward for completing such a gargantuan task? 50 stated he would donate $750,000 to a charity of the fighter’s choice, before exclaiming “fuck the bucket of ice” and throwing it off the balcony of his mansion.



Later that day, the rapper revised his challenge allowing Mayweather to read a simpler work, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. In his Instagram video, 50 Cent stated that if Mayweather were to accept, Jimmy Kimmel would gladly host the challenge on his show.

But after radio station Power 105.1 aired a clip Friday morning of Mayweather attempting to read radio drops, things don’t look promising. Charlamagne Tha God, one of the hosts of the station’s morning show, read the two-sentence script in 10 seconds before going on to play the clip of Mayweather fumbling through the copy for almost 90 seconds.


The only thing that stings more than Mayweather’s punch is hearing him fumble through those sentences. 


H/T Uproxx | Photo via Bryan Horowitz/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Aug 22, 2014, 4:15 pm CDT