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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Mayweathers are trying to make Boxing all about ‘Black Fighters’

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

It’s becoming a theme with the Mayweathers to constantly bring race into a conversation, interview, or verbal assault. Just recently, Floyd Mayweather Sr made another racial comment involving ‘black fighters’. This comes on the heels of Floyd Jr also making similar comments. Let’s examine further.

“To tell you the truth, he never really beat a black fighter, and that tells you right there on how it's going to be” Mayweather Sr, conference call

Since when did becoming successful in Boxing rely solely on whether or not a boxer defeats a “black fighter”? How is this relevant in any way? There’s no room in Boxing for this type of mentality. Unfortunately, this is starting to become a discriminating pattern with the Mayweathers.

About 2 weeks ago, Floyd Jr had the following to say about Shane Mosley and his last fight with Antonio Margarito:

“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

Once again, I ask why this is even important. I understand taking pride in your race and ethnicity. But, the Mayweathers take it too far. They take pride in their race but discriminate against other races or ethnicities. Here’s a sample:

“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

Jose Alvarez Sacramento, CA “Why do the Mayweathers keep talking about ‘black fighters’ or ‘black Americans’?”

You don’t hear Manny Pacquiao making everything about Filipino boxers or Ricky Hatton making everything about ‘white fighters’. This is a destructive mentality that’s being spewed to the public by the Mayweathers.

I shudder to think what would happen if a ‘white boxer’ like Joe Calzaghe started talking about how other boxers haven’t beaten any ‘white fighters’. The media in this country would go on a rampage and attack Calzaghe.

William Johnstone Sacramento, CA “Why is it more tolerable for African American athletes, like the Mayweathers, to make racial comments than other ethnicities or races?”

This is a loaded question which is beyond my scope of understanding. I do believe there’s some double standard going on. But why it happens, well that would be something to ask Psychologists and Sociologists. However, in my opinion, I don’t believe there should be any tolerance toward racial or discriminating comments. I don’t care what race or ethnicity the athlete is, keep racism out of Sports. Athletes should be judged by their performance and skills, not their race.

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