Floyd Mayweather, champion boxer, monied individual, and, lest it’s forgotten, repeatedly alleged domestic abuser, wants to start a restaurant. Mayweather wants to open the hypothetical establishment in Las Vegas where he frequently has bouts against fellow fighters.
For some, this revelation might be surprising; however, it’s the person with whom he’d like to partner that’s more of a head-scratcher, as revealed by U.K. publication The Mirror. Mayweather says,
Getting Ramsay involved in a potential venture’s questionable, even if he runs three Sin City establishments with a fourth on the way. Just today the Scottish celebrity chef was ordered to pay the $1.2 million in annual rent his London pub, York & Albany, owes, after a British judge found Ramsay “personally liable” to cough it up as the guarantor, according to The Globe & Mail. Ramsay had been banking on a High Court judge’s sympathy by claiming that his father-in-law and former manager, Christopher Hutcheson, had forged his signature on a 25-year lease. The presiding judge, Paul Morgan, was having none of it.
This particular suit follows on the heels of the quarrel Ramsay had with former business partner Rowen Seibel over their shuttered Los Angeles venture, Fat Cow. In that dispute, Seibel claims that Ramsay purposely got the restaurant shuttered in order to re-brand the concept with his own ideas, chasing $10.8 million from Ramsay. To make matters worse, the landlord of Fat Cow has also gotten involved.
If Mayweather truly wants to do this whole deep-dive into the food world right, he’d probably best be served partnering with someone who isn’t Ramsay. True, Ramsay’s got the TV fame and an acerbic, easily marketable demeanor, but his business history is suspect. Mayweather, a man who wants “to be the best” at everything he does, should look elsewhere if he doesn’t want the project to look like just another money-flexing exercise.