Boxer Floyd Mayweather is not exactly what you would consider an introverted kind of guy. The man many people consider to be the best pound-for-pound boxer can create at least as much excitement with his mouth, outside of the boxing ring, as he can with his fists, inside the ring. Mayweather, in an article published by ESPN, had some explosive comments prior to his Saturday night showdown with Jan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
MAYWEATHER: If you’re rich, you’re a rich n—–. If you’re poor, you’re a poor n—-. If you’re smart, you’re a smart n—–. At the end of the day, they still look at me as a n—–.
Oh, no he didn’t. Yes, he did. You know, I can already imagine a good number of people squirming in their chairs as they read those comments.
The 32-year-old Mayweather returned to the ring about two years after defeating Ricky Hatton in what was, at the time, a much-anticipated bout. Mayweather is one of the master’s of using words to promote his fights – even if he causes you to want to watch him to be sure you’re there just in case he loses (as Muhammad Ali used to do back in the day). During his interview (one that you already now know is overflowing with controversy), Mayweather did not let down as he continued elevate the racial DEFCON level.
Here is a quote from Mayweather who compares how he was received in England vs. in the United States.
MAYWEATHER: This country needs to be more positive. We’re already at war. We’re in a recession, we’re at war and we continue to be negative. The fans in the UK showed me more love than in my own country. That’s crazy … Sometimes I’ll sit back, I’ll be in my theater sometimes, and I’ll think: ‘Imagine if I was the same fighter that I am, and I was the same person that I am, and I was from another country. Can you just imagine how big I’d be?
As Field Negro wrote: See, that’s what the white man is talking about; you have a theater in your house, and the rest of us are still watching the wall mounted plasma. So instead of wondering why they look at you as “just another nigger”, kick back in your home theater, break out some popcorn, and slip in that last Ricky Hatton fight.
It would be nice to have a theater, but I am still working up to the mounted plasma.
Did you think Floyd was done there? Come on, now.
MAYWEATHER: But I wouldn’t change my life for nothing in the world. There’s nothing like being young, black and rich. But there are certain things you think about. If Floyd Mayweather was white, I’d be the biggest athlete in America. The biggest, the biggest. I know that for a fact.
I am always intrigued by people when they talk about themselves in the third person.
Back to the subject.
No, Floyd is not done yet as he compared himself to one-time popular boxer Oscar De La Hoya, a man Floyd defeated in a split decision in 2007.
MAYWEATHER: One thing you never hear. You never hear anything negative about Oscar De La Hoya. Anything he do negative, it gets swept under the rug.
Oh goodness … where do I start?
One thing with Floyd Mayweather is sometimes you don’t know if he is in fight promotion mode or if he truly is saying what’s on his mind. With most of these statements, however, I think Floyd is telling the world exactly how he feels about these topics related to race, success, athletes, money, popularity, etc.
I think Floyd is perhaps remembering an older era of the United States. The country has made a lot of progress (although you would be hard-pressed to know that listening to racial right-wing flamethrowers like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly and others). This country has really moved forward and continues to break down some of the walls that divide us.
We’re not there yet, but we’re closer than Floyd Mayweather thinks.
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