by Latoya Peterson
So Floyd Mayweather decided that he was going to be clever, and post a Ustream rant bashing Manny Paquiao – throwing in strategic references to “cats and dogs” and “sushi rolls.”
So yes, Mayweather is a damn fool – should be no surprise to folks who watch his actions on TV (did y’all see him on What Chilli Wants?)
However, Mayweather’s apology is even worse.
In the first video, Mayweather employs the classic “But I can’t be racist” non-apology. As Fox sports quotes Mayweather as saying:
“I do want to apologize for what happened the other night. I want to apologize to everybody because everybody thought that it was a racist comment that I said. I don’t have a racist bone in my body. I have nothing but love for everybody,” Mayweather said.
“Some of my guys are Muslim, some of my guys are Jews, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, whites … it doesn’t matter. I got nothing but love in my heart. All I want to say is, if anybody was affected from what I said the other day, I apologize as a man. I was just having fun. I didn’t really mean it.”
Sigh. It’s the classic defense, still hollow as ever. But then Mayweather takes it a step further by grabbing a Thai woman and a Chinese woman to appear in his next video, and mentioning “my gym is in Chinatown!” He demands the woman on his left to “speak Thai” and “tell your country that I love ‘em!” He asks various blogs to “Put my friends on TV!”
Pacquiao is Filipino, for the record.
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