Is racism a dominant tool to raise boxers to fame? Floyd Mayweather feels racism still exists in boxing and MMA. The world champion boxer clarified that black athletes are treated differently in boxing and Mixed Martial Arts.
In an attempt to explain his views, Mayweather cited how Ronda Rousey was lifted to stardom compared to female champion boxer Laila Ali. The champion fighter took a dig at the controversy by comparing the appearance of the two boxers.
“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 said in an interview with fighthype.com.
“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 a**, 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.”
His narrative on racism eclipsing the game also included comparisons between him and underweight champion Conor McGregor.
“And what’s so crazy, I don’t really know the McGregor guy; never seen him fight,” Mayweather pointed out. “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.”