Floyd May­weather’s In­au­gu­ra­tion Day party had a hook: Help the in­ner city

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There was some­thing for ev­ery­one on in­au­gu­ra­tion night, from the A-list pro­tester to the gay Trump sup­porter and even, we just learned, the hip-hop box­ing fan look­ing to make an im­pact in the “in­ner city.” Hey, isn’t that Floyd May­weather?

But Money May­weather’s bash Fri­day night at the Washington Hil­ton some­how man­aged to fly un­der the party radar — even as the re­tired box­ing champ’s fa­mous pals flowed past the red car­pet. Rap­pers French

Mon­tana, Fabolous and Fat Joe all took the stage (but none of them tweeted about it) to per­form for a crowd of an es­ti­mated 1,000 black-tie guests. And, yep, that’s def­i­nitely Ben

Carson, Pres­i­dent Trump’s nom­i­nee for sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, pos­ing for the ’gram. So just what ex­actly is go­ing on here? Af­ter re­ceiv­ing an in­vite to last week’s swear­ing-in cer­e­mony from the Trump fam­ily, May­weather de­cided to mul­ti­task by host­ing the bash to help launch the Moblze Foun­da­tion, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion founded by “cowboy ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist” and Trump sup­porter Dar­ren Blan­ton aimed at re­vi­tal­iz­ing the “in­ner city.” Ev­ery­one in­volved em­pha­sized that this wasn’t an in­au­gu­ra­tion party; it was just a party that hap­pened to be held on the same day.

May­weather told us that when he and Blan­ton (the two were in­tro­duced by a mu­tual friend) re­al­ized they would both be in town, the idea of the kick­off event, well, kicked off.

The 39-yearold de­scribed the night as “en­ter­tain­ing with a mean­ing.” The goal was to gen­er­ate buzz around Moblze, which was par­tially in­spired by Trump’s New Deal for Black Amer­ica. But May­weather made it clear that the foun­da­tion was “a non­par­ti­san ef­fort.”

Asked whether it was fair that Alis­ters are be­ing ma­ligned for sup­port­ing Trump, May­weather re­sponded by email:

“I think peo­ple should be able to vote and sup­port who they want to with­out be­ing crit­i­cized. I know there’s some ques­tions as to what this pres­i­dent will do for our com­mu­ni­ties, but I have known him a long time and be­lieve he de­serves the chance to do the job the peo­ple have elected him to do. I hope he does a great job for ev­ery­one.”

TYLER MA­HAL

Floyd May­weather

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