The boxing super fight between veteran boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was always going to veer into the lane of sporting spectacle, but the two combat sports stars have been drawn into an area regarding race and homophobia that could turn some fans away.
As it goes, McGregor also ended up making a supposed racial gaffe when he called referred to the film Rocky III as the movie with “the dancing monkeys in the gym” during an appearance on the TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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It has since been revealed that he was confusing Rocky III with another Stallone film released around the same time called ‘Paradise Alley’. The suggestion was that he was talking about a gym with black fighters when he was in fact literally referring to dancing monkeys.
Mayweather has since talked about how he felt regarding the comment during an interview with ESPN.
“I just didn’t like when he called us monkeys,” said Mayweather. “I think that was totally disrespect. He called us monkeys. So I didn’t like it. It didn’t push a button to make me jump all up out of my character and go crazy, but I didn’t like it.”
“I just thought about all our different leaders, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. They went on the front line for me and my family and all my loved ones. And like I said before, this stuff still goes on. But I’m strong, smart, patient. And come Aug. 26, I’ll be the same person: smart, strong, patient. And the same way he called us monkeys, we’re gonna see if he say that August 26th.”
“This is for a cause. This is for the American people. This is for all the blacks around the world.”
Talking with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto Conor addressed the issue head on:
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