Was Race Bigger Than The Mayweather/McGregor Fight?

Published On August 28, 2017 | By sgrey | Boxing, Boxing, Latest posts, News

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III

On Saturday, August 26th boxing fans witnessed Floyd Mayweather defeat Irishman Conor McGregor by TKO in the 10th round. It was a fight that was surrounded by so much hype because Mayweather was coming out of retirement with a record of 49-0 and McGregor was a UFC Champion and the most dominant fighter in that sport.

Before the fight occurred, both competitors toured around different parts of the United States promoting the fight. As with any promotion, there was plenty of trash-talking and who would beat who. Even boxing fans found themselves getting involved in the trash-talking melody.

Mayweather, as mentioned, was coming off retirement and many questioned if he was physically prepared to go against someone much quicker and stronger than him. However, this is Mayweather we’re talking about and all of his experience and composure was going to be used to his advantage.

While the Mayweather/McGregor fight is over, what still remains is the racial undertones that happened before the fight and even after the fight.

In an article in Rolling Out, “Moments after Floyd Mayweather put a beat down on Conor McGregor, an awkward moment occurred when McGregor made a reference to Mexicans. The casual fan of boxing probably viewed it as another racist remark when McGregor told Mayweather, “I turned him into a Mexican.” However, in the world of boxing, Mexican fighters are known for their aggressive approach to fighting. And Mayweather’s aggressive style against McGregor was a contrast from his previous fights where he uses defense to gain victories.”

Was McGregor trying to be offensive? Who knows?

One cannot forget how McGregor referred to Mayweather as ‘boy’ during the pre fight promotion telling him to dance. Remember, when whites or other ethnic groups referred to grown Black men as ‘boy’ it was seen as a racial slur.

“Moreover, in a sport where Blacks and Hispanics are the majority of champions, the possibility of a major White boxing champion was also appealing. It helped to fuel ticket sells and purchases on Pay Per View. The fight of the century became bigger than Mayweather and McGregor. It was a fight that detailed the history of race relations in the nation and in sports.”

At the end, green was the dominant color.


Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org

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