We told you how Floyd Mayweather dismissed UFC champion Conor McGregor’s success as being because of racism. Yes, yes, we know Floyd Mayweather is an idiot, but that’s not important right now. The interesting thing is, Conor McGregor responded.
To put it lightly, he’s not amused.
Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.
In my family’s long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name ‘McGregor’ was punishable by death.
Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again.
If you want we can organise a fight no problem.
I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.
At 27 years of age I now hold the key to this game.
The game answers to me now.
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of Conor McGregor. I think he’s been great for the profile of MMA in Europe (particularly Ireland), but I do prefer my athletes just a taaaddd less douchey.
Maybe it’s the constant self-hype, maybe it’s the giant tattoo of a gorilla on his paper-thin chest that looks like it was drawn by a fourth grader. As a general rule, I’ll probably be rooting against Conor in the fights, but for Conor as it relates to the sport.
That being said, there’s a pretty valid point to take from his comments. If anyone has done their research on the subjugation of Ireland, they’d know that whiney people like Mayweather or #BlackLivesMatter do not, in fact, have the corner on “being oppressed.” I hosted a black-American guest on LwC one time who was positively shocked when I told him that as an English-speaking Canadian raised in French Canada, I’d experienced more systemic oppression than him. Sound crazy? Allow me to explain.
English Canadians in Canada aren’t allowed to attend English schools (even if their sole Canadian parent is English), aren’t allowed to open restaurants with English names or even have writing on their signs in English if the font isn’t precisely 2.5 times smaller than that of the French writing. There were even proposed laws to ban English-speaking in public spaces (though they never went through). All of this was officially enforced by “The Language Police,” an actual government entity in Quebec.
Also, we have to deal with French Canadians.
Does any of this compare to the horrors of slavery? Of course not. But I’m not comparing it to that. I’m comparing it to Floyd Mayweather’s life of being raised in Grand Rapids in the 80s. Fair?
As for Conor, his next fight was just announced for March in Las Vegas, where he’s going to be fighting to become the first fighter to hold two separate belts in the UFC. Call us crazy, but we think this probably won’t be the last time he’s had something to say about Mayweather.
Also, little known fact, MMA is officially banned from the state of New York. Why? Because of corrupt unions who’ve paid politicians to favor boxing instead. I produced a video on it not long ago, and it pays to be informed.