Yes, I have been following the story on Floyd Mayweather’s racist rant on Manny Pacquiao. I’ve been busy with so many things regarding my future studies and my new position in the Boholano community in the Midwest. So here is my two cents on this whole issue. Just a recap on the whole controversy, Mayweather released a video unleashing a profanity-filled racist and homophobic Internet rant against Manny Pacquiao
In an approximately 10-minute Ustream video, apparently made last Thursday and also posted on YouTube, Mayweather repeated his assertion that Pacquiao uses performance-enhancing drugs, an accusation that resulted in a defamation lawsuit from Pacquiao earlier this year. Mayweather, apparently in his home with a handful of members of his entourage in the background, ripped into Pacquiao repeatedly during the video.
I wasn’t surprised when I heard about this story. Mayweather is known for his attacks on opponents and hyping up fights. But this was crossing the line because there is no fight. What is even more shocking was his apology for his rant.
Is Mayweather a racist? Yes.
Is he a coward? That is a definite yes! He’s also a bum.
What the Filipino and Asian community should take from this is that we need our voices heard. After reading an ESPN article entitled Where’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. outcry? I felt it hit the mark on what was all in our minds. According to the article, in this case, the truth is Mayweather’s being given a pass because he’s black. It also leaves me wondering if this would have been treated differently if the racist comments were directed at a Filipino-American like Brandon Vera, Mark Munoz, or Nonito Donaire.
In the latest news, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s apology for his racist rant against Manny Pacquiao hasn’t appeased the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). The private, non-profit organization has condemned Mayweather’s outburst and is calling for boxing commissions to censure the fighter.
A statement from national chairman Greg Macabenta says:
“We are outraged by Mayweather’s racially offensive remarks. This disgusting diatribe against Pacquiao is a racial slur against all Filipinos and Filipino Americans and an embarrassment not only to the boxing community, but to all Americans. Talking trash may be common between boxing rivals, but Mayweather’s racially laced profanities brazenly crossed the line of decency and respectability.”
Macabenta also urged the NAACP and other civil rights organizations to denounce “this racist and homophobic rant” because “Mayweather’s apology is unacceptable and he must be made accountable for his damaging statements.” Mayweather referred to Pacquiao as a “yellow chump.” He also said he was going to “stomp the midget” and force Pacquiao to “make some sushi rolls and cook some rice” and then “we’re going to cook him with some cats and dogs.”
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(Salamat, Minny Pacquiao for providing us with the info!)
Update: NAACP Condemns Racist Remarks Towards Pacquiao
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are saying Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s remarks to boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao as racist. In a recent report from Balitang America, an NAACP representative Rev. Jeff Moore met with Ben Menor from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). All I have to say that finally a representative from the NAACP has something to say about the issue and that it’s better late than never.