Fake News: Floyd Mayweather Seeking “Personal Reader”

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A story circulating on social media today claims that Floyd Mayweather is in search of a “personal reader” to read to him. The story is fake.

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Fake News

The story was published by fake news website Huzlers. In the phony story we see a screenshot of a tweet in which the boxing champ writes, “Looking for a personal reader who can read everything for me. Offering $1,000,000 Cash a year. Tweet #iCanRead if you’re interested.”

Phony Tweet

The photo of the fake tweet above is dated September 21, 2014. Mayweather’s actual Twitter account, however, displays no such tweet.

Some Twitter users apparently fell for the story, as a cursory search for the hashtag “iCanRead” yields some users discussing the fake story. Some users questioned the story, while others seemed to understand the story was not real.

Huzlers

The website which produced this story is the well-known fake news website Huzlers. It has been responsible for several viral fake stories over the past year, many of which have been focused around social media.

Mayweather’s Education

Questions about Floyd Mayweather’s literacy have been raised in recent months. The 37-year old responded to questions to a New York radio station this year, stating, “Reading will not define my place in boxing history. Will God not let me in heaven because I didn’t read like a news anchor? Look, I would be perfect at reading if it was how I made my living and fed my family.”

In August 2014, Mayweather took a shot at those who have questioned his literacy by posting photos of two checks amounting to over $72 million, with a note saying, “Read this $72,276,000,00. God bless.”

Summary

Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather did not offer $1,000,000 a year for a personal readers. This story was produced by the fake news website Huzlers.

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