Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell
In a recent interview, Mayweather criticized Pacquiao for his fight with Clottey, PED’s, and his refusal to take a drug test. But, it was his latest discriminating and racial comments toward Pacquiao and Filipinos that really stood out to me. Let’s examine these comments.
“The only reason why he's popular is because he's an ethnic minority and from the Philippines so it's something special. If he was from Africa he would be just another boxer.” FMJ, Cagereport.net
I wish someone would ask why Mayweather Jr has to bring up race or ethnicity at all. It’s become almost common practice for Mayweather to make these false accusations about Manny being on PEDs or being afraid to take a drug test. Although it’s wrong, it’s borderline tolerable. But when Mayweather starts bringing in race and ethnicity then his comments become discriminating, racist, and deeply offensive.
Pacquiao’s boxing skills should be the only thing that is debated not his ethnicity or race. Yes, there is a special relationship that Manny has with his country. But, Manny also cares about his entire fan base world wide. He also cares about the integrity of the sport and most importantly glorifying God. Saying that the only reason Manny is popular is because he’s a Filipino is demeaning and discriminating.
Manny is popular because he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world not because he’s Filipino. Manny is popular because he has done things in Boxing that no other fighter has done in the history of the sport like winning championships in 7 different weight classes. Manny is popular because he has integrity and class unlike Mayweather. I could go listing the reasons of Manny’s popularity and I guarantee it’s not because he’s an “ethnic minority”.
If Manny was from Africa, he would still be just as popular because he would still be the same classy fighter with elite skills. He would still be the same God fearing man who wants to serve his country. These are characteristics that aren’t exclusive to whatever country you are from.
Sam Brighton Sacramento, CA “Do you think Floyd JR is racist?”
I do think he’s racist. He continually bashes or discriminates against Filipinos. Just check out some of my past articles and you will see more of his racial remarks.
Jerry Nichols Sacramento, CA “Why did Floyd have to bring up race in his comments about the Pacquiao, Clottey fight?”
Because he’s racist and he has no filter for his mouth. He will say whatever he wants no matter how it offends someone. Making racial comments once can be overlooked as a mistake or a slip-up. But making racial comments multiple times surely gives off the impression that Mayweather is at least racist to Filipinos.