Floyd Mayweather made headlines recently when he went on a rant during an interview with FightHype during which he declared “racism still exists”.
In an attempt to back up his statement boxing’s former pound for pound king endeavoured to highlight a number of examples within the world of combat sport in which “racial bias” could be seen.
He talked about boxers Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin and the retired Laila Ali, as well as MMA combatants Ronda Rousey and, perhaps most notably, Conor McGregor.
On Monday, Floyd’s onetime foe Oscar De La Hoya, issued a dismissive response to “Money” Mayweather’s controversial claims in an interview with ESPN Deportes.
“The Golden Boy” stated that the lack of widespread acclaim granted to Mayweather came down to a matter of fighting style and attitude, rather than persisting prejudice.
“Look, if you’re going to run and not provide the people with a show, you are not going to be wanted,” said Oscar. “But if you’re going to knock people out and give the people a show, the people will worship you and racism has nothing to do with it”. (Translation via BoxingScene).
De La Hoya fought Mayweather in a blockbuster bout back in May of 2007, with Floyd coming out on top via split decision after a 12-round contest.