Earlier this week, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather singled out the UFC’s Conor McGregor, saying his braggadocio behavior and subsequent successes are a product of racism.
Mayweather claimed that during his time as an elite athlete, he was often criticized in the media for his loud, abrasive persona, despite being the best fighter in all of the boxing. Mcgregor, who carries an equally boisterous persona, is lauded for his achievements and praised in the media for his antics outside of the ring.
The reason, essentially, according to Mayweather, is because he’s white: “They say he talks 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 am not racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
“Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again,” McGregor said in a recent social media post. “I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.
MMA Champion Connor McGregor has white fans because he’s white. Just like Floyd has black fans because he’s black. A Hispanic fighter will have more Hispanic fans; an Asian will have more Asian fans, and so on and so forth. This is just the way it is. McGregor may benefit because there are white people in America than blacks, but that’s about it. It’s not racism; it’s racialism, which is different — being able to relate to someone who looks and talks like you and shares the same experiences. Let’s just all admit it and move on.