Master media manipulator Floyd Mayweather flurried with another rapid-fire power punch combo on Wednesday, taking to his preferred outlet, Fighthype, and scoring with launches aimed at Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao–but of course–and in fact the sport as a whole, which he labeled racist in a chat with gentle inquisitor Ben Thompson.
“It's a lot of racism that goes on in the sport of boxing,” he said. “Because if I was a white American fighter with the same aura, the same style, the same pizzaz, I would be a multi billionaire. Multi billionaire. So when you look at what goes on in Ferguson, what goes on in New York City, what goes on in America in today's time, I try not to get into anyone elses business, because I don't want anyone to get into my business. But, it's crazy, I just sit back and think that it's crazy, it's totally crazy,” the boxer said.
“Well, you're right about the sport of boxing being very racist still, very, very racist, probably one of the last bastions of racism out there,” said Thompson, in agreement.
That segment drew some scorn on social media, with people noting that Floyd is the best paid man in all of sports, which undercuts his race-bias allegation, while others noted that racism is certaintly alive in well in many more pockets other than boxing.
“Money” said he spoke up Friday night, during a Showtime boxing event, about his supposed wish to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao because the timing was right. He said the “public has been lied to” by “the other side,” the Pacquiao squad, which he denigrated as “the B side.”
Floyd said he was in the Manny shoes back in 2007, when he was set to glove up against Oscar De La Hoya. He couldn't exert any leverage he didn't have and thus had to eat crow, and accept the terms Oscar set for him, he stated.
The fighter said that the May 2 date he set for a Pacman fight, which is also coveted by Canelo Alvarez, perhaps for a showdown with Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto, isn't allocated to any one ethnicity. The fighter didn't mention the tragic murder-suicide situation which occured last week, when his pal, the rapper Earl Hayes, authorities say, shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
The boxer focused mostly on Pacman, and said that he's a prizefighter, and certaintly does wish to accumulate money. He doesn't just do it for the fans, he admitted. That reasoning, I'm not sure it holds up under harsh light, as the money he could make for a Pacman fight would dwarf any other waltz, but anyway…
The fighter's chat ran over 21 minutes; Thompson didn't go the Jim Gray route on Floyd, who lauded the young questioner for being willing to admit he doesn't know it all about the sport.
Floyd said that “I'm the best at what I do,” and continued to answer those who label him a coward. “I don't mind being a rich coward,” he said, a line which drew some guffawing on Twitter. He said that he's happy to have the haters buy his PPVs, and that subject came up when he bragged that yes, maybe his PPV numbers are a bit down, but his revenues are just fine, because he's managed to raise PPV prices on the fans.
Thompson backtracked to 2009, when we first started this ludicrous dance of flirtation, which has never advanced beyond the sassing and smooching stage. Floyd said he brought the PED issue, the testing issue, to the forefront, and managed to inject doubt into the mix, and throw some shade at Pacquiao, who has never tested positive for PED use, though he has been the subject of heavy whispers. Floyd said that Team Pacquiao wanted to be alerted to random testing and then shut down testing a month before a proposed fight.
He then said that Manny has money woes, and I'm not sure what that was meant to prove, as fans are asking for the fight, and it seems to be immaterial what Manny's balance sheet is. Maybe it's a negotiation ploy?
Floyd said that Oscar De la Hoya did ex bestie Richard Scahefer dirty, in hooking up with Bob Arum. He thinks that Oscar and Bob are intimidated by him, and Al Haymon and Schaefer and Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza, he said. Then Floyd said he has no probs with ex bankroller HBO, perhaps thinking ahead to next year, when his contract is up. The 37-year-old pugilist specialist with a 47-0 mark said that Pacman isn't in control like he is, that Pacman fights when promoter Arum tells him it is time. “That's the great thing about being your own boss,” he said. Again, I think fans could care less, as long as the fights they want to see get made. If Kermit the Frog is advising Floyd and the fight with Manny gets made, it's all good…
Floyd suggested Canelo and Cotto rumble in Mexico, to to satisfy Mexican fans over the holiday. He reiterated a slap at Arum and Oscar working together, and then swung and missed, admitting he didn't know who Gennady Golovkin is promoted by. He took a slap at ex Mayweather fighter Jessie Vargas, suggesting he's not on Pacquiao's level…which, actually, he's not.
The Michigan born boxer said “I got you people paying more for pay per view,” a completely tone deaf, if, arguably, admirably candid admission…and then went into a different zone, the racism track.
He ended up suggesting people should compare PPV numbers between him and Pacman and insinuated that Pacman's money situation isn't what it seems to be, and he knows because people that used to work for Manny now work for him. He also has inside dope on other Manny matters, he hinted.
Yep, you can argue about him being TBE, but not about him being a master media manipulator.