By Don Donatello
Countless accounts and many kinds of barbaric and horrific atrocities perpetuated on Asians abroad, such as domestic workers in the Middle East, are well known among ourselves. The latest being Filipino Johnriel Casimero the boxer at the hand of his opponent Luis Lazarte and the rioting Argentinean crowd. Lazarte is the worse kind of boxer and as a person. He had previously loss bouts on disqualification four times. From the first round on, Lazarte head butted, bit, kicked, shoved, and hit Casimero while the ref was in the middle of breaking the two fighters. Lazarte even threatened the referee’s life after he was deducted a point. Yet, the fight was allowed to continue.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his family continually attack and insult Manny Pacquiao, our race, and our culture. Now he also slighted the accomplishments of Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks. The Mayweather’s immorality and criminality are well documented. The three most visible culprits are Mayweather Junior, Mayweather Senior, and Roger Mayweather. All three men will have time spent in prison for crimes committed such as trafficking of drugs, assault and battery, among others.
Considering the Mayweathers track record of lying, cheating, engaging in criminal acts, and making racist remarks about Asians, there are a few among us that believe the Mayweather’s words over one of our own, Manny Pacquiao. I suspect that those few have some personal gain, want, or loss for their anti-Pacquiao rants disguised as some righteous torch to parade. Imagine if Mayweather was the one representing the Filipino race.
We may have little venue to affect Lazarte’s career but we sure can do something about Mayweather’s. Floyd continues to insult Asians as a way to enhance his monetary gains. It amazes how some Filipinos place their entertainment gratification before the establishment of racial respect. Some Filipino child will be subjected to hate filled stereotype at their school because of the actions of Mayweather. Filipinos could learn well from the Jewish people in collective support for the betterment of their people.
We should consider the “Butterfly Effect”: “Theory that everything matters. That even the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. If you change even the smallest of life’s details, you completely change its outcome.”
A while back I called for a boycott of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz fight. I expressed that people can still watch the fight; just boycott the paid PPV event. The fight could be watched free a week later on HBO replay. The boycott succeeded and accomplished its’ intention, lower Floyd’s economic gain and subvert his PPV status. It’s time to boycott a Mayweather Jr. fight once more. Injurious and disparaging remarks towards Many Pacquiao and the Filipino people as a whole by the Mayweather family should suffice as an incentive to boycott anything they are selling. Don’t strengthen and put money into the pockets of those who insult and belittle our culture and race. Besides, you don’t even have to miss the fight altogether, knowledgeable individuals can find ways to view the fight. I have never purchased a Mayweather fight, I find his fights not worth paying for. And I don’t like Mayweather as a person; I think he embodies many evils as a human being. His declining PPV is a testament that the fans now realize that his fights are just a hype job and never deliver much entertainment value. From the 2 month delay in releasing the PPV numbers of the Ortiz/Mayweather fight, it lends itself that there is a choreographed effort by Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) and Mayweather Promotions (MP) to hide Mayweather’s declining PPV numbers.
The Floyd Mayweather Jr./Victor Ortiz fight was heavily advertised by spending big money to promote the fight. The promoters, GBP and MP, predicted the fight would be a PPV blockbuster. They expected the fight to sell at around 1.6 – 2 million in PPV sales. It took the promoters about two months to release the PPV numbers after the fight. HBO took no official part in the release of the claimed numbers of the Ortiz/Mayweather fight. GBP released their claim of 1.2 million PPV, a number that Bob Arum scoffed at and said he knew what the real numbers were. Most likely, it was telling information that Bob used to stand and affirm in calling Mayweather’s bluff in negotiations. Pacquiao wondered how Mayweather could demand a bigger purse share split knowing that Pacquiao’s PPV numbers are superior to Mayweather’s.
While Mayweather’s PPV declined, Manny Pacquiao’s PPV sales rose. In their last fight, Pacquiao’s PPV fight with Juan Manuel Marquez outsold Mayweather’s fight with Victor Ortiz, 1.4 million to 1.2 million. Additionally, Pacquiao sold better than Mayweather against their mutual opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez. Mayweather’s fight against Marquez only sold 1 million in PPV, Pacquiao /Marquez III did 1.4 million.
Realizing he has lost his place as the biggest PPV star to Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather has begun using Pacquiao’s name to market himself. Other fighters like Sergio Martinez know too well that the mention of Pacquiao’s name is media gold, Mayweather makes constant mention of Pacquiao in a prelude of one of his upcoming fights. During his preparation in his fight against Ortiz, Mayweather announced that Pacquiao would be next after he beats Ortiz. When pressed about his statement, Mayweather denied ever saying it. Of course, there were videos of his statement that he must have forgotten.
Mayweather is desperate to reverse his declining PPV numbers. He tried to shoehorn Pacquiao into a fight that he knew would not come to fruition. He deliberately sabotaged the fight by attempting to dictate just about every term of the fight; the weight, the testing, the venue, the date, and of course the one sided money split in his favor. Floyd offered to give Pacquiao a flat rate of $40 million dollars. Bob Arum countered to give Floyd $45 million under the same exact terms that Floyd gave Pacquiao. Floyd did not accept.
Miguel Cotto was considered by Floyd Mayweather and his fans as damaged goods. According to Mayweather and his fans he doesn’t fight leftovers. But on May 5th he will be fighting damaged leftovers.
I believe in “global consciousness.” If the will of the Filipinos and Pacquiao fans outnumber Floyd’s fans, then karma will takes its toll of Mayweather. Now we may have an additional 1.2 billion Chinese joining us as the result of Mayweather’s disparaging remarks towards Jeremy Lin.
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