Floyd Mayweather may be retired, but his mouth still works, and he can still generate buzz, even when not an active fighter. Exhibit A…Floyd spoke to Fight Hype, and touched on a few subjects, including the man many are saying is now sitting in the No. 1 pound for pound throne Mayweather owned for many moons, Gennady Golovkin.
Mayweather was asked about GGG’s place in the sport, and if he thinks Golovkin could do Floyd type PPV numbers. “I took risks,” Mayweather responded. “I took chances. I’m just waiting to see if Triple G is going to go up and fight Andre Ward. I’m going to be convinced when he can go up and beat Andre Ward. Until then, I’m not convinced.”
Those not members of the Mayweather Fan Club will likely take issue with him perceiving himself as a risk taker…and would be perturbed by setting a win over Ward, now a light heavyweight, as the definitive proof of GGG’s skills.
Then, Mayweather went there, to a zone guaranteed to get the press chattering.
“And I honestly feel it’s not a black thing, it’s not a white thing, it’s the right thing, but like I said before, racism still exists in boxing,” he said, leaving me to wonder what sort of contract he might have signed with Showtime if this “racism” had been eradicated. “They had Hispanics and black fighters only that was dominating the sport for years. An Asian fighter comes along and makes a lot of noise, which is Manny Pacquiao. For years, they said I was a coward, I was scared, or I was ducking this guy. All I said is random blood and urine testing and let’s make it happen. Eventually, we got to a certain point, we negotiated the fight, it happened, it is what it is. So what I’m saying is this, they were so adamant about that fight [Mayweather vs. Pacquiao], you know, but they’re not adamant about Triple G fighting Andre Ward? Whoever is forcing Andre Ward to go up to [light] heavyweight, that’s not cool at all. They’re trying to get him beat. From the looks of things, what’s going on in the sport of boxing, they want their superstar to be Caucasian. It’s obvious. And this has been going on for a very long time. They wanted me to lose to Pacquiao, but that didn’t happen.”
Lot’s of stuff to parse there…Now, does he know that Ward is being FORCED to go to 175. I haven’t heard that from Ward, I’d be curious to know if he feels the same. He doesn’t strike me as the sort of guy who can be forced to do anything.
That the powers that be would prefer a caucasian to be the face of the sport, that’s up for debate. I think Mayweather was compensated mightily, and I don’t see that he has as firm a leg to stand on with that argument being that he signed the richest personal deal of all time, in any sport. And some would argue that more important than color is character, is charisma…People took to his charisma, and debated his character, and found him to be enthralling to the point that he became a potent PPV draw. Let’s not forget, though, money wasn’t made as hand over fist for many of his fights with Showtime as it was for his one mega-bout against Pacquiao. So, at times people showed they were not as enthused with his act, and unless we poll them all, we can’t know what if anything that had to do with race.
Really, I’m curious to hear from you fans on the subject…I agree with Floyd in that racism exists in boxing, it exists everywhere, in pockets. Do I think at times the powers that be want the sports’ faces to maybe reflect their own cultural norms and behaviors, because they are more comfortable with that dynamic? Sure thing…But this Floyd decrying racism thing, it is hard for me to wrap my brain around, what with all the clear and deliberate and disgraceful examples of repulsive racism, of values directed at “fringe” or “lower tier” persons in our nation, making the rounds in the news, on videos taken by bystanders. So…I find myself provoked to think by Floyd’s statements, and wanting to delve in deeper, with your help. Talk to me, readers…