Floyd Mayweather on Buying Gucci amid Blackface Boycott: 'I Live for Myself'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2019

Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles at the stage as he meets Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, during a ceremony at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. Mayweather is scheduled to fight in a three-round exhibition match in Japan on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Spike Lee is among those who have decided to boycott Gucci following what Lee has called the fashion brand's "racist, blackface hateful imagery," but don't expect boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. to follow suit.

TMZ Sports recently caught up with Mayweather—outside of a Gucci store—and asked him about the brand's controversy. It was then that Money made it clear he does what he wants (video contains profanity):

"I don't got nothing against nobody. ... I support everybody. I like everybody. My thing is this, I like to live life and do what I like to do. I'm not no follower, I do what the f--k I wanna do. Because everybody says, "Wear this, or don't wear this.' I'm going to wear what the f--k I want to wear."

Gucci recently came under fire for its "blackface" balaclava. The company later took the sweater down and issued an apology:

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Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper. We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. Full statement below. https://t.co/P2iXL9uOhs

When told some may not approve of his decision to continue to support Gucci amid the controversy, Mayweather didn't back down.

"You said they're gonna be upset with me? I love it, I love it, I love it," Mayweather said. "See, the thing is this, I live for myself. I do what I want to do."

Mayweather added that he believes "racism still exists" but noted he won't let anything "stop [his] drive" and that he will continue to live his life and stay positive.