Racism is still alive in professional sports, just ask Floyd Mayweather (pictured). The boxing great said in a recent interview that black athletes like himself don’t receive the same treatment from the media that white fighters seem to.
Mayweather started his tirade because he believes African-American boxer Andre Ward should be ranked higher than #4 in Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list, and he thinks the color of Ward’s skin has something to do with it.
Mayweather then directed his racist rant towards MMA, where he says former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has received the golden treatment while boxer Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, was overlooked and not presented with the same mainstream opportunities as the “Rowdy” one.
“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,” Mayweather told Fight Hype. “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 them [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.”
Some of Rousey’s crossover success can be credited to the UFC putting its massive marketing machine behind her, similar to what they have done with UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor.
Speaking of McGregor, Mayeather isn’t too familiar with the chatty Irishman, but he was quick to spotlight how McGregor gets props for his propensity to trash talk while people give him the third-degree for doing the same.
“And what’s so crazy, I don’t really know the McGregor guy; never seen him fight,” Mayweather added. “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.”