Proffsboxaren och världsmästaren Floyd Mayweather gick i pension i slutet av förra året efter sina två sista matcher mot Manny Paquiao och Andre Berto och avslutade karriären obesegrad med 49 vinster och 26 knockouts. Sedan segern mot Oscar De La Hoya 2007 har Mayweather den största stjärnan inom boxning och den som dragit flest tittarsiffror genom tiderna.
Nyligen deltog Mayweather i en intervju med ”Fighthype” där han diskuterade boxning och berättade då att han anser att rasism har stor betydelse för rankning i P4P och hur media behandlar fighters.
Det här berättade Mayweather:
You gotta really look at things like this, when Bernard Hopkins was a middleweight trying to fight Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Felix Trinidad, they [the media] said he was calling out smaller guys. When the guy Triple G does it, they don’t say shit. Once again, I’m not racist; I’m just saying racism still exists. Do I think that they’re trying to get Andre Ward beat? Absolutely! Andre Ward, if you’re reading this article, if I was you, I wouldn’t move up to 175 pounds to fight the guy, Kovalo [Sergey Kovalev], if that’s his name, because I really don’t know his name. I know he’s a light heavyweight. Andre Ward is a 68-pounder and I think he should continue to dominate at 168. This is what I think should happen. You know, everybody keeps talking Triple G, so I just started taking notice probably last year. If this guy Triple G is so tough and so bad, you know, from what they say, then let him go up and fight Andre Ward. Once again, these guys in boxing [media], not me, are rating this guy, Triple G, super high. He’s good with a stationary target in front of him. When he’s fighting a guy that’s straight up and down with no special effects, is he good? Absolutely! But do I think that Triple G can beat Andre Ward? Absolutely not! Easy pickings! It’s going to be very, very, very easy for Andre Ward.
I’m very, very close friends with Antonio Leonard, a guy who works with Andre Ward. I’m trying to find out who’s working on Triple G’s side because I’m close enough with Antonio Leonard to tell him, ”Antonio Leonard, you guys should make the fight with Triple G. You guys should make that fight happen.” I just look at certain things like this, if Andre Ward was my fighter, you know, I’m not here to speak bad about anyone, but he would have never fought on BET. I don’t have anything against the BET network. I love BET. I will always love Black Entertainment TV, but we’re talking about as far as boxing, and if we’re just talking about as far as boxing, I don’t think BET is a good look. It’s just not a good look. Like I said before, if Andre Ward is over there doing business with HBO, then why didn’t they ask Triple G, ”Are you going to move up and fight Andre Ward?” They never ever asked him that. Why? They’d rather see Andre Ward get beat than see Triple G get beat. I’ll say it again, I’m not racist, but racism still exists.
Mayweather tar med exempel som Conor McGregor och Ronda Rousey i MMA och hävdar att rasism spelar stor roll för hur mycket den nye fjäderviktsmästaren blivit prisad i media, före och efter titelmatchen mot brasilianaren Jose Aldo.
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 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. 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; a little kid named Ken Hopkins, he’s a runner and takes care of a lot of the daily business. Whatever we need, he takes care of. He’s a cool little kid, I like him, and he does MMA. 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.
Så här uttalade sig dock Mayweather om Paquiao under 2010, via ”ESPN”:
I’m on vacation for about a year, about a year. As soon as we come off vacation, we’re going to cook that little yellow chump. We ain’t worried about that. So they ain’t gotta worry about me fighting the midget. Once I kick the midget ass, I don’t want you all to jump on my d—. So you all better get on the bandwagon now. … Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that mother f—– make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.