50 Cent infamously challenged Mayweather to read a page of “The Cat in the Hat” book aloud in 2014. This challenge led to Power 105's The Breakfast Club releasing a tape of Floyd struggling to read an ad aloud. Despite the accusations, Mayweather claims to be literate.

“Reading will not define my place in boxing history,” Mayweather told members of the media on the call to promote his fight with Marcos Maidana in 2014. “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.”​

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