After watching boxer Floyd Mayweather's unedited and insult-ridden rant of enemy Manny Pacquiao, I couldn't help but believe that Mayweather was playing off his fear of facing Pacquiao in the ring.
It was almost as obvious as the fact that Mayweather wanted millions of people—and, most especially, Pacquiao—to see his viral comedy act. It was no accident; it was as intentional as throwing a haymaker at an opponent in front of a jam-packed crowd at the Bellagio.
Mayweather's words were cruel, racist, and judgmental:
"I'm on vacation for about a year, about a year," Mayweather said. "As soon as we come off vacation, we're going to cook that little yellow chump. We ain't worried about that. So they ain't gotta worry about me fighting the midget. Once I kick the midget ass, I don't want you all to jump on my d---. So you all better get on the bandwagon now. ... Once I stomp the midget, I'll make that mother f----- make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice."
The amount of profanity and racial undertones throughout Mayweather's thoughtless diatribe proves what many have thought about the champion boxer—he is afraid of fighting Pacquiao in the ring.
Maybe that is why Mayweather and company are storming the interwebs, to take shots at a boxer they will probably never see in person (at the rate things are going in picking out an eventual fight date). After all, Mayweather is the one who accused Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs—an accusation which prompted Pacquiao to file a defamation lawsuit.
Mayweather's vitriolic video rant displayed a new sense of loathing between the two boxers and their associates. The two are the biggest and baddest in the sport, and such ignited words are only fueling the fire.
The sad part is that we may never actually see what would happen if the two ever met in a ring. Mayweather calls Pacquiao a "chump" but in the eyes of the general public, he is the fighter who has continuously stepped down from the challenge.
Mayweather keeps verbally abusing Pacquiao with stunts like these, yet he will not give him an opportunity to rebuke. Mayweather is proof that talking the talk is only half the battle.