Well, that’s one way to address accusations of racism.
UFC superstar Conor McGregor drew the ire of the black community this week after hurling slurs at Floyd Mayweather during the two fighters’ promotional world tour ahead of their Aug. 26 boxing match in Las Vegas.
On two different occasions during the tour — once in Los Angeles on Tuesday and again in Toronto on Wednesday — McGregor said to Mayweather, “dance for me, boy,” in a mocking tone. Many viewed that as overt racism from McGregor, who has a history of discriminatory public speech.
McGregor responded Thursday night at Barclays Center during the third stop on the three-country trip.
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“A lot of media seem to be saying I’m against black people. That absolutely f—ing ridiculous,” McGregor said to more than 13,000 fans at the Brooklyn arena. “Do they not know I’m half black? Yeah! I’m half black from the belly button down. And just to show them that’s squashed, here’s a present for my beautiful, black female fans.”
McGregor proceeded to hump the air sensually as a mixture of shock and laughter emanated from the crowd.
The UFC star explained his actions at a news conference following the event.
“That doesn’t sit well with me,” McGregor said of the allegations of racism. “I’m very a multi-cultured individual. I don’t have any ill feeling toward anyone. I don’t even see color. I just wanted to say something that I could have a little fun with. …I just wanted to play with it and address it in my own little way. It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous, is basically what I was getting at.”
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Mayweather didn’t find McGregor’s antics funny, though. The boxing champion called the comments “totally disrespectful” to his daughter, the mother of his daughter, and black women everywhere. Mayweather has been charged with multiple counts of domestic violence against women since 2002 and served 90 days in jail for one of those arrests in the summer of 2012.
“He came out today and did it again,” Mayweather said. “I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asian, Latina or Latino — you don’t disrespect people. To get respect, you must give respect.”
Mayweather then detailed what he views as a double standard between himself and McGregor.
“Racism still exists,” Mayweather said. “I’ve been flashy for years. … I’ve been driving Ferraris and Bentleys and Rolls-Royces for over 20 years. All this flashy stuff, I was doing. ‘Oh he’s arrogant. Oh he’s cocky. He’s this. He’s that. He’s unappreciative.’ But then you take (another) guy that’s in contact sports, steals my whole blueprint, and he go and do it, and they praise him for it. These are the things that we don’t see.”
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The unprecedented tour will conclude in London on Friday and has featured an onslaught of demeaning insults exchanged in mega press events bordering on circus acts.
Thursday night’s proceedings were no different.
McGregor walked into the arena sporting a white mink coat with a blue dragon stitched on the back, no shirt underneath, and blue and pink floral pants.
He said he bought the coat earlier Thursday on Fifth Ave.
“It takes balls to rock this!” McGregor said of his attire.
The night reached a climax when Mayweather instructed his six-person crew to walk across the stage and confront McGregor. The two groups meshed, and McGregor became noticeably agitated, trying to get his hands on Mayweather, who frolicked away yelling “Yeah!” over and over into his microphone.
The largely pro-McGregor crowd responded by chanting, “p—y” at the boxer with a 49-0 lifetime record.
In another outrageous bit, Mayweather grabbed cash bundles out of his backpack and began tossing the money into the air at McGregor.
In retort, McGregor scooped up one of the bills, only to realize it was $ 1.
“These are only ones!” McGregor exclaimed to the rowdy crowd.
After his performance, McGregor was asked if there are any topics off-limits when it comes to dissing Mayweather.
“Maybe a few things, but we’ll see,” McGregor said. “There’s still one more stop left.”
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