Thursday, September 16, 2021

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor Mcgregor is More About Race in America Than Boxing (Video)

Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the upcoming match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor. He looks at statements b y both fighters inciting discussion about the dynamics of race in America. Subscribe to his Youtube channel @Tonetalks

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See article by Chicago Tribune “Exploiting race is not new to boxing — or to politics”

It still is, even as this weekend’s battle between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor blows the roof off previous purses with pay-per-view revenue soaring well into nine figures. Mayweather was expected to get $200 million and McGregor $100 million.

That’s a great payday for McGregor, who is new to the sport. That’s right. He’s a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) mixed-martial arts star.

His presence on the bill also marks a curious form of affirmative action. Mayweather, 40, is black and has a 49-0 career record. McGregor, 29, is white and hasn’t boxed since his training days in his native Dublin.

“If this was a black UFC champion and Mayweather,” screenwriter Ron Shelton, who wrote the 1996 movie farce “The Great White Hype” about a similar race-based mismatch, told The Washington Post, “I don’t think they’d sell a ticket.”

Well, I’m sure they’d sell some tickets. Mayweather is widely considered to be the best boxer on the planet these days. And a mixed-race match offers an undeniable attraction to audiences, whether consciously or subconsciously.

Promoters know. The sport has a long history of using racial conflicts, real or hyped, since the first black heavyweight champ, Jack Johnson, was pitted against one “Great White Hope” after another.

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