By Shawn Rice
Floyd Mayweather Jr. donating a large amount of his boxing winnings to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts is fake news. There is no truth to a report that the boxer who recently beat Conor McGregor in a heavily hyped boxing match was giving aid in the form of money to Hurricane Harvey victims.
Where did this fake news originate? Houstonchronicle-tv.com and not the Houston Chronicle published the story on Aug. 29, 2017, reporting that Mayweather donated $200 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts three days after a widely-publicized bout with McGregor.
There’s a well known saying that “To whom much is given, much is expected” and by all accounts, it appears Floyd Mayweather Jr. knows what he means on the world stage. He’s living up to that expectation. By way of financial support, the newly retired American boxer, Mayweather has offered an overwhelming sum of money to the Hurricane Harvey victims.
The World No. 1 undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather has donated 200 million dollars to help rebuild Houston, after the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States was slammed by Hurricane Harvey on Sunday.
The donation which will be utilized through his foundation was announced today after he travelled to Houston to ascertain the damage caused by the hurricane.
“It is a humanitarian gesture, an act of solidarity and support for a brotherly affected people,” the American boxing hero said.
However, there is no truth the above story, according to Snopes. For one thing, the item was in part identifiable as fake news by its misleading URL. The real Houston Chronicle‘s web site is located at Chron.com. The actual Houston Chronicle carried no such story.
Although the story about Mayweather’s Hurricane Harvey donation had no obvious disclaimer, houstonchronicle-tv.com has previously published fake news. And, this is just another one of them.
Here are some examples of people discussing and sharing the fake news on social media.
Floyd Mayweather slander will no longer be tolerated this man just donated $200,000,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief God bless him
— smoove (@_Devin3_) August 29, 2017
Floyd Mayweather donated $200 million to help out Houston from Hurricane Harvey. Wow, so amazing.
— Allison Stanley (@Lightofthesunnn) August 29, 2017
— Sally Anne Taylor (@SallyAnneTaylor) August 29, 2017
Floyd Mayweather just donated $200 MILLION to the victims of Hurricane Harvey
— Jayla Sanders (@Jay_Kidding) August 29, 2017
Floyd Mayweather donates $200 million dollars to Hurricane Harvey victims. That’s 1/3rd of his net worth. pic.twitter.com/bBrPXBKcne
— Dill. (@DillonTheWorst) August 29, 2017
If you are outside the affected Texas area and are looking to help, here are some options.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
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