Monday, March 22, 2010
Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell
Why does Floyd Mayweather Jr continuously make boxing about one’s race? During a 10 minute segment of HBO’s Face Off with Max Kellerman, Floyd Mayweather Jr once again brought up a fighter’s race to further his point. This time, Mayweather brought up Mosley being a “Black American”. Let’s examine further.
“I’m happy for him. He’s a black American, and I’m a black American. I rooted him on. I wanted to see him win.” FMJ, HBO Face-Off with Max Kellerman
I don’t have a problem if Floyd roots for another individual of his same race or ethnicity. The problem is that Floyd discriminates against other races and ethnicities like Filipinos.
“We got athletes that live in our own country that lie to the American citizens about taking certain enhancement drugs. Now, Manny Pacquiao is not even from this country and don’t even live in this country so imagine what he will tell the American people.” Floyd Mayweather Jr Allhiphop.com
Floyd insinuates that Manny and other foreign athletes are cheaters and liars because they aren’t from America. This is in addition to other discriminating remarks that Floyd and his family have made toward Manny and the Filipino culture. Let’s also not forget that Floyd refused to acknowledge two Filipino reporters at the Los Angels press-con a few weeks ago.
Why does there need to be any race involved when talking about another boxer? Why couldn’t Floyd just say “yeah I saw he beat the crap out of Margarito. It was a good fight.” Instead he has to go on about how he rooted for Mosley because he’s a “Black American”.
Floyd wants Olympic style blood testing in boxing but he refuses to acknowledge some key principles of the Olympics:
* It’s all about fair competition no matter the race, ethnicity, or gender.
* It’s all about respect, honor, and integrity.
Floyd should know these principles but he acts like they don’t exist.
Stephanie Crane Sacramento, CA “Why’s it ok for Floyd to keep making racial remarks?”
It’s not ok; it’s just not being addressed by most of the mainstream media. If a white boxer said that he rooted for another white boxer because he was a “white American”, there would be uproar from communities and mainstream media. The double standard in this country makes me sick.
Now before I get mass emails saying that I’m a racist, a skin head, on steroids, and such; I probably have more ethnicities and races in my immediate family than most people. However, my point to all of this is that I don’t think racial remarks should be a part of Sports. You don’t hear about race in the Olympics and they are considered the ultimate sporting event. Why can’t we have this human decency in all professional sports? If Floyd wants to start cleaning up boxing then start by getting rid of the racism.