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Jen Welter responds to criticism of connection with Floyd Mayweather

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The details of Jen Welter's role at boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight in Las Vegas next week are still being worked out, she told ESPN on Monday.

Welter, who became the first female coach in NFL history as an Arizona Cardinals training camp intern, would not confirm a TMZ report that she will walk Mayweather to the ring. She has agreed to attend the Sept. 12 fight against Andre Berto.

Welter spent Labor Day morning defending her association with Mayweather, who has a history of battery and domestic violence.

"I looked at it as an opportunity to help," Welter told The Arizona Republic. "Yes, I know there are people that think I am turning a blind eye to the problem of domestic violence, but they couldn't be more wrong.

"The biggest problem is people want to ignore it and go away. It won't. The only way to change it is to address the problem. Do I know if this will turn out well? No, I don't. I know I can't make a difference from watching from a distance."

One outspoken critic of Welter attending the fight is ESPN host Michelle Beadle, who was reportedly banned from Mayweather's May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao and has been vocal about Mayweather's domestic violence history.

Welter responded to Beadle, tweeting that she could do more through meeting the undefeated fighter.

According to Clark County court records, Mayweather has been charged with battery 12 times since 2001, including domestic violence six times. Mayweather served 60 days in jail in 2012 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge following an incident with an ex-girlfriend.

Welter spent the rest of Monday morning fending off people who didn't think she should associate with, defend or try to help someone with Mayweather's rap sheet. The National Coalition Against Violent Athletes tweeted:

The football coach shared her belief that Mayweather contacted her for a reason.