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Old 09-04-2010, 12:27 AM
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Default Mayweather's racist rant against Pacquiao...

This has been all over the last couple days, and Floyd is in the hot-seat...

Even by yours truly...

Mayweather blasted for racist comments about Pacquiao

9/3/10 - by JB

Everbody who knows me knows how much I love the sport of Boxing. It's a sport of talented warriors and unique personalities that come from all walks of life on this earth. One of the things that intrigued me about the sport at a young age was always a sense of great nationalism amongst the fans and the fighters themselves. I remember being about 5 years old the first time I watched Rocky IV and saw a giant Russian statue-like character named "Ivan Drago" beat the fast and flamboyant American "Apollo Creed" until he collapsed and died in the ring. Apollo had entered the fight in Las Vegas looking like he got jammed through a machine that prints out American Flags (along with legendary soul singer James Brown singing his classic tune "Living in America"), while the Russian stood there like a man chisled out of granite and with pure ice running through his veins. You all should know the rest of the story but basically, after Apollo dies, Rocky goes on to defend his friend's honor by fighting Drago in front of an unruly crowd in Russia...and well, yeah... you get the idea.

Obviously, Ivan Drago and Apollo Creed are fictional characters, but the description of how their rivaly played out is something that is still strikingly accurate in the real world of Professional Boxing, even 25 years later. Fast forward to 2010, and we are back to talking about the one story in Boxing that is consuming the entire sport; "Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao". The fight has been on the minds of fans for over 3 years, and after two rounds of failed negotiations this year, fans from both sides have seemingly grown tired of the waiting game.

We know Mayweather is no stranger to saying things that rub people the wrong way, and even when he is seemingly on the right side of the argument he has found ways to damage his image with fans with one over the top comment after another. However, this time Floyd crossed a social boundry that wasn't as defined 25 years ago when Rocky IV came out. In today's society, political correctness is highly touted in public, even though behind closed doors most people still laugh at stereotypes. Still, when somebody takes to a public forum and makes negative remarks that includes anything about ANY one group of people, there are going to be those who automatically head to the default response of labeling the person a "racist". Personally, I don't think Mayweather is actually a racist, but I will say that I think what he said was in poor taste and it's not going to do anything to help his reputation right now. If this is another power play by Floyd to build up hype for a showdown sometime next year, it's going to work, but he didn't have to do it like this.

Boxing fans who are old enough, and those who are well studied, will remember Muhammad Ali's apology to Joe Fraizer in his autobiography "Soul of a Butterfly" for saying all the nasty and negative things he said about Joe during their bitter rivaly during the 1970's. To this day, there is still controversy over weather Joe has truly forgiven Ali. Boxing rivals should not be LIFE rivals, it's really not supposed to work that way. I hope that Floyd (a huge fan of Muhammad Ali) remembers that as he continues to build up hype for this super-fight.


I'm not going to bother typing out what Floyd said, so if you read the last 3 paragraphs in anicipation of it, I apologize. However, instead of me saying it, I figured I would post the video for all to hear Floyd's comments and to make their own determinations about it.
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