McGregor responds to racism charges
MacMac may have been born out of a disagreement over perceived racism. In January of 2016 Mayweather said there is racism in sports, and cited the differing media treatment of Ronda Rousey vs. Laila Ali, and Conor McGregor vs. himself.
“[Conor McGregor] talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant,” said Mayweather. “So biased! Like I said before, all I’m saying is this, I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
McGregor responded by alluding to murder, saying, “There’s people buried in the desert for less than that. … Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.”
Mayweather remained cordial in an interview with FightHype.
“Once again, I never said that the guy … Conor McGregor … is that his name? I never said Conor McGregor was… I never had anything against Caucasians, white Americans or white people, period,” said Mayweather. “Or Irish. All I said was this, in this world, racism still exists, but I’m not racist. That’s all I said.”
In May of 2016, the idea of McGregor boxing Mayweather was first floated.
During last month’s four-day, three-country, four-city MayMac media s*** show, charges of racism again made an appearance. At stop 1 of the tour in LA, McGregor repeatedly told Mayweather to “Dance for me, boy.”
Mayweather took the high road in response.
“We all know there’s only two types of boys – a white boy and a cowboy – and I’m neither,” said Mayweather to TMZ Sports. “Racism still exists but you know, I try to take something negative and turn it into something positive. A lot of people say that Conor McGregor is racist but I’m not worried about that.”
McGregor also received widespread criticism for referencing “dancing monkeys” in Rocky III, in response to a question from Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Guillermo Rodriguez.
“I’m trying to remember which one was Rocky III,” said McGregor in a more complete quote. “Was that the one in the celebrity gym? I can’t remember if that’s the one with the dancing monkeys or not.”
However, he was clearly not responding to the scene where Rocky walks into an urban boxing gym. The charge isn’t even remotely rational – no one was dancing in the gym. Rocky 2 had a monkey, but it didn’t dance. Rocky III had a crazy celebrity gym with dancing and circus acts. It is the latter that McGregor was referencing. The fight gym that some allege McGregor was talking about was anything but a celebrity gym.
Unfortunately, at stop 3 of the four city MayMac media tour McGregor responded flippantly to concerns over his language.
“Let’s address the race,” said McGregor. “A lot of media is saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely f***ing ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half-black? I’m half-black from the bellybutton down. … Here’s a little present for my beautiful black female fans.”
McGregor then began humping the air. Mayweather was not impressed.
“I think that disrespecting my daughter, disrespecting the mother of my daughter, disrespecting black women, calling black people monkeys, it’s totally disrespectful,” said Money, as transcribed by Lorenzo Reyes for USA Today. “I have a diverse team and when I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said. But we live and we learn, and you don’t say those things once you get to a certain age because it’s all about growth and maturity. But it’s total disrespect. And today, he came out and did it again. You do not disrespect — I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asians, Latina, or Latino — you don’t disrespect people. To get respect, you must give respect.”
McGregor conceded that his antics were not received well.
“It didn’t really hit right,” he said during their final stop in London. “I’m just gonna stay where it is and leave it out. I know who I am as a person. I think most realistic people can look and know.”
Mayweather, however, ran with the racism charges, and turned them into marketing.
In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto for ESPN, McGregor again declined to take the high road, and while flatly denying any racist intent, referenced Mayweather’s sordid and extensive history of domestic violence.
“He said I labeled him a monkey. I never once in my life labeled him or any African American a monkey and it f***ing annoys me that he’s even bringing it this type of stuff up. If I was to label him after any animal it would the rat or the weasel. Because that’s a rat and a weasel move, trying to manipulate someone’s words and trying to create something that’s not even there.
“And that’s such a sensitive subject. I mean he’s a man that beats his wife in front of his kid. He is the dirt of the dirt. So to bring that up and even try and engage in that … It’s like, you know what? That shows your true colors.”