UFC's Dana White Rips Floyd Mayweather, Calls Money May Racist
UFC president, Dana White launched a verbal assault on undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Tuesday, on Fuel TV's UFC Tonight.
White sounded off on racial remarks made by Mayweather and also gave his two cents on the possible mega-fight between Money May and Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather's racist remarks on New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin got White going, and he didn't pull any punches while go at Money May.
...Floyd, you're racist with the stuff that you've said. First of all, Jeremy Lin gets all of this credit because he's an Asian player in the NBA that African-Americans never get? Yeah. He's getting all this praise because he's an Asian guy playing in the NBA. You say that African-Americans don't get it? Really, Kobe Bryant doesn't get any praise? Michael Jordan never got any praise? The list goes on and on of the guys who completely get praised for being great NBA basketball players.
White also went into what he though of Mayweather holding up a possible mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao for wanting a bigger share than a even 50/50 split.
Get in there and fight Manny Pacquiao. You don't deserve more of the purse. If ever there were a fight in history that should be split 50/50, it's the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Shut up. Both of you split the money up and put on the fight that everybody, including me, wants to see.
Yes, in the middle of bashing one of boxing's biggest draws, White also let the world know that even he wants to see Mayweather and Pacquiao square off in the ring, a surprising move seeing how the UFC competes directly with the sport of boxing for viewership.
Mayweather's manager Leonard Ellerbe caught wind of White's comments aimed towards Money May and sounded off on his own to Yahoo! Sports.
He needs to shut the [expletive] up and mind his own business, stay in his own lane and keep on taking advantage of the UFC fighters, while underpaying them.
Ellerbe has a valid argument there, as the UFC is known for underpaying its fighters compared to boxing, even as the UFC overtakes boxing popularity-wise.
According to MMA Manefesto, UFC's top earning fighter of all-time is Chuck Lidell, coming in at $4.32 million in career earnings.
Top earning boxers can make five times that money in a single bout, as Mayweather and Pacquiao make around $20 million per fight.
White, not to be outdone, then replied to Ellerbe via text message to Yahoo! Sports.
"Just for the record, shut the [expletive] up [because] I wasn't talking to you," White said by text to Yahoo! Sports. "I was talking to Floyd. We're doing something amazing. We're building a sport while you guys are destroying one."
Most experts feel that if the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao mega-fight never takes place, that boxing's already declining popularity will take an even bigger hit, sending the sport towards a very uncertain future.
Both White and Ellerbe made valid points, but I don't think either of the two should be sounding off on one another's sport, as each sport is different and have their own share of problems with in each other.
One of the most shocking things about this whole situation is that Mayweather himself has been quiet and not involved in the trash talk at all.
Sure, White made some convincing comments, but when it comes down to it, he really has no business going off on Mayweather like that, as he is just a boxing fan like you and I.
In the end, both the UFC and the sport of boxing will be better off if the top guys in each of the sports focused their energy into bettering both of the products at hand instead of trying to bad-mouth and cast a shadow on one another.
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