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03rd Jan 2016

Floyd Mayweather says Conor McGregor’s popularity is proof racism is alive and well

Does he have a point?

Carl Kinsella

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has made some interesting claims about the state of racism in combat sports.

The recently retired boxer believes that fighting fans react differently to similar antics when they come from people of two different races.

In an interview with, Mayweather explained that he believes McGregor is praised for his cocksure attitude – while Mayweather himself is slated.

“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.”

Mayweather and McGregor have locked horns before, but not about anything as serious as racial bias. The Notorious has even outlined how he’d beat Mayweather in the ring.

It’s important to note that some people don’t probably like Floyd Mayweather because of his many convictions pertaining to assaulting women, rather than his arrogant attitude, but the man still might have a point.

Mayweather also gave other examples of possible racial bias in fighting, such as the attention paid to Ronda Rousey for her achievements even though boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali Laila Ali ‘did the same thing in better fashion.’