“Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. has come out strongly against underlying racism in American culture. In a press conference on Tuesday, Mayweather, one of the most successful and frustrating boxers of all time, claimed that Americans don’t support Black athletes, and that he is shown much more love and respect by his fans in the U.K. Below are some excerpts from his angry tirade.
“If you’re rich, you’re a rich n—–,” he said. “If you’re poor, you’re a poor n—-. If you’re smart, you’re a smart n—–. At the end of the day, they still look at me as a n—–.”
“This country needs to be more positive…We’re already at war. We’re in a recession, we’re at war and we continue to be negative. The fans in the UK showed me more love than in my own country. That’s crazy … Sometimes I’ll sit back, I’ll be in my theater sometimes, and I’ll think: ‘Imagine if I was the same fighter that I am, and I was the same person that I am, and I was from another country. Can you just imagine how big I’d be?’
“But I wouldn’t change my life for nothing in the world. There’s nothing like being young, black and rich. But there are certain things you think about. If Floyd Mayweather was white, I’d be the biggest athlete in America. The biggest, the biggest. I know that for a fact.”
“One thing you never hear. You never hear anything negative about Oscar De La Hoya…Anything he do negative, it gets swept under the rug.”
“Larry Merchant [of HBO] don’t know nothing about boxing…What’s that other guy’s name? [Emanuel Steward]. He’s an Uncle Tom”
Mayweather finished his statements by saying: “One thing you can’t knock. You can not knock my talent.”