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Mayweather’s Latest Rant Leaves Huge Negative Stain on the Sport

Floyd Mayweather’s racist, homophobic rant on Manny Pacquiao not only embarrasses Mayweather, but the sport as well. Mayweather should really think about his legacy from a personal standpoint. His boxing record is perfect, but what does it matter if very few people end up liking this guy ?

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Floyd Mayweather should be ashamed. How can he even look at himself in the mirror? How can Mayweather still have fans after this? The racially insensitive and homophobic comments by Mayweather have no place in the sport of boxing, or sports period.

It’s not like Mayweather hasn’t said racially insensitive things before. Remember Mayweather referred to HBO commentator and elite trainer Emmanuel Steward as an Uncle Tom. So Mayweather can apologize and make videos talking about how he loves everybody, but the fact is that this guy has racial venom in his heart. The guy has a chip on his shoulder, and it’s directed at the wrong people.

I always hear Mayweather talk about the media and everyone portraying him as this bad person. Floyd, if you wouldn’t act the way you act maybe people would respect and like you. But in a sense, Mayweather knows that acting the way he acts has made him wealthy. So why should he stop?  HBO probably made 24-7 in part because nobody knows what Mayweather would say or do during his coverage. [Editor’s Note: 24/7 was actually Mayweather’s idea to begin with]. A  lot of people order his fights hoping that someone will finally give him the beating he deserves. Mayweather’s probably saying “I made a lot of money acting this way, why stop?”

Well, Floyd at some point, you should stop thinking about Mayweather, the undefeated wealthy boxer and think about Mayweather, the human being. You may be undefeated in the boxing ring, but your win-loss record as a human being lately has been awful. [Editor’s note: Mayweather is also currently wanted for questioning by the police, following a potential domestic violence dispute with a former girlfriend]. I’m not trying to judge Mayweather, none of us are perfect. We all screw up. I just think Mayweather should think about what he does before he does it. His mistakes are multiplied because of his stature. Therefore he should think first.

I wonder what Mayweather’s children must feel. Yes, they know a side of their father that we don’t know and it should be that way. When his kids grow up, in this age of technology and internet, they are going to get a history lesson on the Floyd Mayweather the public knows, and I know that if my father did and said some of the stuff that Mayweather has, no amount of money or material things would erase the shame I would have for him.

I also wonder what the backlash would have been had Pacquiao, frustrated with his inability to get Mayweather to fight him, released a racially charged and homophobic video against Mayweather. The next morning after the video was leaked, I could hear Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson a mile away. Where are they on this issue ? The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) has already condemned Mayweather, but are calling on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to do something and I agree. Mayweather’s comments are no different than the infamous ones in recent memory from Imus or Limbaugh, all racist. It can’t just be racism when an African American is the victim. The NAACP must hold Mayweather accountable for his actions.

In the end, Mayweather is sticking to his pattern of being quiet while Pacquiao is idle, then once Pacquiao has an opponent, he starts taking shots at him. Only this time he stepped over the line and deserves to be punished, the least of which should be finally taking a punch from Manny Pacquiao.