By John F. McKenna
WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s), who fights WBA light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) on May 5 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas has once again demonstrated his total lack of class.
A few days ago “Money” Mayweather went on his Twitter account to say that the new NBA sensation New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin had created the big splash only because he is Asian. Floyd tweeted the following to his legions of boxing fans:
“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night but don’t get the same praise.
“It’s okay for ESPN to give their opinion but I say something and everyone questions Floyd Mayweather. I’m speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up. Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support black athletes, I get criticized.
Jeremy Lin is a 23 year old undrafted Harvard graduate. He is the first NBA player to score at least twenty points, while claiming a minimum of seven assists in his first four games. Lin is also the first American born player of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.
A couple of years ago Mayweather put a self made video on You Tube in which he went on a racist rant about WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s). In the video Floyd made the following comments:
“Once I stomp that midget (Manny Pacquiao), I’ll take that motherf—– make me some sushi roll and cook me some rice. We’re going to cook that motherf—– with some cats and dogs……rice with a little bit of cat, rice with a little bit of barbecued dog.”
Mayweather is also known to go on Twitter to make comments directed at Pacquiao such as “Step up punk!” and when he decided to fight Cotto instead of Manny he tweeted that he was fighting Cotto because “Miss Pacman” was afraid to fight him.
The reality is however that Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz gave Mayweather an offer in which he would receive a $50 million guarantee plus a 55/45 split of the revenue, with the higher percentage going to the winner. Floyd rejected the offer and elected to fight Cotto instead. Koncz only released the details of his negotiations with Mayweather after Floyd started releasing misinformation to the press.
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