As retired boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. reflects on the state of boxing as of today – the undefeated former world champion had one thing that he would say and it would be “racism”.
It seemed that Mayweather, even at retirement and with the success that he gained in the sport, he feels that black people didn’t get much credit compared to others.
“When I sit back and think, it’s so many good fighters out there that they don’t talk about. They don’t talk about Terence Crawford, Nicholas Walters, Gary Russell, Leo Santa Cruz, Sharif Bogere, Richard Commey, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo, Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Danny Jacobs, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence, Timothy Bradley, Andre Ward, Adrien Broner, I mean, he’s still a fighter with a lot of personality, Demetrius Andrade, James DeGale, Adonis Stevenson, Deontay Wilder, but you know what? I know why they not talking about these fighters. Because the majority of these fighters are black or affiliated with me and Al Haymon,” said Mayweather in an interview with Fighthype.com
Just like himself, he sees that Andre Ward – who is undefeated, can’t understand why Ward is at number 4 in the overall rankings of the sport of boxing and should be ranked higher.
“I can’t believe they got Andre Ward ranked number 4 in the pound-for-pound list…without Andre Ward losing a fight, he has to be number 2. I mean, he wins his fights not in good fashion, but in great fashion, and they have him at number 4…I truly believe that racism still exists in the sport of boxing,”
Mayweather even recalls former boxing champions that should have been given a better recognition.
You gotta really look at things like this, when Bernard Hopkins was a middleweight trying to fight Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Felix Trinidad, they [the media] said he was calling out smaller guys. When the guy Triple G does it, they don’t say shit. Once again, I’m not racist; I’m just saying racism still exists.