Mayweather Claims McGregor And Rousey's Fame Is Proof Of Racism

January 5, 2016

-OpeningRound Staff

Ever the outspoken public figure, the now retired Floyd “Money” Mayweather started the New Year by going off on a tangent directed towards racism in combat sports, especially as it relates to the character and fame of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey compared to Mayweather himself, and other talented black fighters such as Andre Ward, and Laila Ali.

Mayweather’s rant started when he talked about former super middleweight champion and one of boxing’s pound for pound best Andre Ward. Mayweather has long been a supporter of Ward, and he said how Ward does not get the respect he deserves in pound-for-pound rankings and discussions. Although Mayweather neglected to mention that part of this may be Ward’s lack of activity, Mayweather claimed that Ward’s treatment is further proof that “racism still exists in the sport of boxing.”

And then he directed his ire towards Conor McGregor. McGregor invokes similar memories of Mayweather in his prime due to his consistent, over the top trash talk, and mastery of psychological warfare, combined with in-ring dominance. However, Mayweather is not amused.

“They say (McGregor) talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant,” Mayweather said per Fight Hype. “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.”

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Then Mayweather directed his criticism to his long time media rival and the former women’s UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Mayweather compared her exploits inside and outside the octagon to those of former women’s boxing champion and daughter of Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali-and it wasn’t pretty.

Mayweather claimed that Ali didn’t even enjoy a fraction of the praise, success, or endorsement opportunities that Rousey has received to this point- especially, according to Mayweather, after Rousey has done less, and less impressively, than Ali in her career.

“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 (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.”

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