Two female reporters claim Mayweather banned them from mega-fight

Money talks, and it appears Floyd "Money" Mayweather doesn’t want two female reporters at Saturday’s mega fight against Manny Pacquiao.

CNN/TNT reporter Rachel Nichols and ESPN/HBO reporter Michelle Beadle said on Twitter that they have been banned from the MGM Grand Arena for the mega fight by the Mayweather camp.

Kelly Swanson, owner of Swanson Communications in charge of Mayweather’s public relations, contradicted their claims, saying that the two reporters have already received their credentials.

But it appears as though cooler heads prevails, at least in Beadle’s case. She said later Saturday that after she went home she was told by HBO that her credential had been "re-approved" and also added a dig at Swanson in the process.  

Nichols has yet to update her status for the fight, but Sports Illustrated reporter Chris Mannix said he’s seen a recent seating chart and Nichols is not part of the media area.

Nichols and Beadle have been critical in the past and present of Mayweather’s numerous run-ins with the law. Nichols asked Mayweather tough questions about his alleged history with domestic violence during an interview in September.

Nichols added these tweets this week.

Beadle also has been outspoken on Twitter as recently as Friday about Mayweather’s previous incidents with women.

Nichols and Beadle’s colleagues came to their defense once their alleged ban became public.

Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges in 2011.

Mayweather was found guilty in 2003 of battery for hitting two women who were friends of Josie Harris, the mother of his three children. He received a suspended sentence of one year in jail and ordered to undergo counseling.

In 2005, Mayweather was charged with felony battery when Harris alleged that he punched her, kicked her and dragged her by her hair. Harris later recanted those allegations and Mayweather was found not guilty.

Saturday night’s bout is expected to be the richest in boxing history. Mayweather has estimated that he will make around $200 million from the fight.

"All (four) of my kids can get $50 million apiece from just this fight," he said earlier this week.