Dear Floyd Mayweather Jr.: You don’t understand how racism in the media works. There’s no doubt that racism exists. So does sexism. So does ageism. So does ethnocentrism (look it up). So does every other “ism” you can imagine. And whatever exists in the media is often a reflection of what exists in society as a whole.
But when it comes to the media, the biggest factor that determines coverage is PERSONALITY. And McGregor has a ton, Mayweather about two ounces.
Boxing’s top draw recently mouthed off that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is praised for his outlandish comments while Mayweather is jeered. He also said that the media loves former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but ignored Laila Ali when she was in her fighting prime. And then he said that if you are not a fighter, you don’t understand boxing.
Floyd’s words, via FightHype.com:
“But you look at things like this, Ronda Rousey, you know, I think she fought somewhere like 11 or 12 fights, which is not a bad thing. Laila Ali went undefeated and was dominating, too … After Ronda Rousey fought I think 9, 10, 11 fights, it didn’t even take that long, she got all types of endorsements, movies, and everything. Laila Ali did the same thing in better fashion. Ronda Rousey, she’s a good looking woman when she put it on. Laila Ali is a drop-dead gorgeous woman; I mean a naturally beautiful woman and can kick ass, but you never heard [the media] saying when she had I think somewhere around 10, 11, 12 fights that she was the baddest woman to ever fight on the planet.
“And what’s so crazy, I don’t really know the McGregor guy; never seen him fight … I heard his name actually from one of the runners that works for our company … he told me about the guy McGregor. They say he talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant. So biased! Like I said before, all I’m saying is this, I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
Mayweather unfortunately is one of these people who has so much money that he can afford to be ignorant. Let’s leave the domestic violence history out of this. There are many more other why people despise Mayweather. And the reasons mentioned below have nothing to do with racism.
1. Mayweather is boring.
The last time Mayweather knocked someone out was in 2011, and it was Victor Ortiz. And IT DOESN’T COUNT. Ortiz was engaged in a competitive fight with Mayweather when he intentionally head-butted Mayweather. The referee halted the fight, gave Mayweather time to recover and took a point away from Ortiz. Then Ortiz, apparently forgetting that he was in a fight, awkwardly attempted to hug Mayweather to show how remorseful he was of the head butt. He did this several times. And one time too many. Mayweather had enough of the hugs and decided to hit him with a left hook, then right hand, sending Ortiz crashing to the canvas. Mayweather won by TKO, after hitting a man who had his hands down while trying to hug. Do you know the last time Mayweather actually knocked someone out? 2007.
2. He disrespects broadcast journalists
Larry Merchant is gangster.
Shortly after his cheap victory over Ortiz, HBO’s Larry Merchant did what any self-respecting journalist would do: Ask Mayweather why he felt it was OK to hit a man with his hands down. Mayweather was evasive in his answer and kept repeating that the rule of boxing is “protect yourself at all times.” He then tells Merchant that “you don’t know $*!@ about boxing.” I can think of a lot of people who don’t know $*!@ about boxing, but most of them are keyboard warriors who comment at the end of MMA stories written by real journalists. Larry Merchant is also not one of them. Picking on senior citizens doing their job is not cool. It won’t endear you to the media or the masses.
3. Mayweather is a “Belieber.”
He comes to the ring with Justin Bieber. In the words of the Miz, Really? Really? Really. Whatever floats his boat. Not that there’s anything wrong with it (but there is).
4. When it comes to racism, Mayweather should look to the family first.
Not too long ago Floyd’s uncle, Roger Mayweather, was one of the best fighters in the world. He was also possibly one of the most racist. He openly called himself “The Mexican Assassin.” Yep. He got the nickname for knocking out Mexican fighters. Even the announcers, as shown in this clip, called him that.
Yeah, that’s not cool.
Can you imagine that happening today? By the way, Roger was the one “assassinated” when he fought Chavez.
5. Funny, not hate, sells,
McGregor is funny. He makes us all laugh. He’s not out there hitting fighters in the face when their hands are down. He’s not challenging old men to fights. He’s not hanging out with singers who are popular among teenage girls. He’s not insulting the media. And most importantly, he’s not fighting defensively against his opponents. He’s actually hungry and trying to knock his opponents out. That sells. Remember a guy named Mike Tyson. The media loved him. Do you know why? HE FOUGHT. In 50 fights, Tyson only went the distance in five fights. In 49 fights, Mayweather has gone the distance in 23 of them. Tyson today is a beloved, well-respected icon. Will Mayweather be that 20 years from now?