Floyd Mayweather: It Doesn't (or Does?) Matter If You're Black Or White

The MMA Daily ScrapCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

Floyd Mayweather says that MMA is for white boys.

In a recent interview, boxing’s pound-for-pound best goes on a RANT – talking about everything from economics to the dangers of cohabitation with a woman. Buried in the middle, he says that MMA was created by white dudes who don’t have the skills (or the balls?) to stand and strike with black and Hispanic fighters.

“In boxing, we know who’s dominating. Black fighters and Hispanic fighers is dominating in this sport. And this is not a racial statement but there’s no white fighters in boxing that’s dominating, so they had to go to something else and start something new.”

I don’t know, maybe he has a point?

Who are the most deadly strikers in MMA today?

Quick, make a list. Anderson Silva, Cheick Kongo, Melvin Manhoef, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Oh, shit – what about Lyoto Machida? His father is Japanese. His mom is native Brazilian….that’s still Latin, right?

There is an interesting sociological question to raise here: do the black and hispanic communities look at ground-fighting as something, well, for pussies?

How else do you explain Nick Diaz’s reluctance to showcase his Jiu-Jitsu? The guy is one of the best ground-fighters in the world, but the way he’s been fighting lately, you’d think there was a pit of alligators circling in the middle of the mat. Not that I’m complaining. I love watching Diaz knock people out. He’s Mexican, so it must be in his blood, right, Floyd Mayweather?

I’m just joking around here.

I do think, however, that Mayweather started a relevant dialogue.

Does MMA somehow cater to a white audience and white fighters?

What do you think?

And I promise – no more Michael Jackson references. I’ll let the man rest in peace.