Hoax Alert: Floyd Mayweather NOT Seen At Trump Rally, Fists Out, Wearing Muslim Headscarf

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

There is a hoax story making the rounds on social media that has Floyd Mayweather attending a Donald Trump rally in Youngstown, Ohio, wearing a headscarf of the type commonly worn by Muslim women. He supposedly had his fists out and dared anyone to take him on, saying:

I'm just a little Muslim lady. Anybody wanna try to punch a Muslim? I said, ANYBODY WANNA TRY TO PUNCH A MUSLIM?! COME ON, TAKE A SHOT! MONEY'S READY!

The story is of course fake: it originated on satirical sports news website The Kicker and the picture that goes with the story is an obvious photoshop. But seen out of context on social media the title, headline, photo and source look quite convincing:

Floyd Mayweather Seen At Trump Rally, Fists Out, Wearing Muslim Headscarf | The Kicker

On Wednesday, Floyd Mayweather attended a rally for Donald Trump in Youngstown, Ohio wearing a type of headscarf usually worn by Muslim women. Mayweather canvassed the crowd, fists out, daring anyone to take him on. "I'm just a little Muslim lady. Anybody wanna try to punch a Muslim?" asked Mayweather.

Despite the fact that the story is not true at all, it has been shared, liked or commented on over 200,000 times already. Quite impressive!

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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