Fence Riders: Which Side Are You On
I don’t like fence riders. Fence riders are individuals who speak out and do things not based on their moral values but based on how it will benefit them… eg,
- Fatten their pockets.
- Get them that promotion.
- To make new friends or connections.
In this article… I will share with you a classic example of how boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather Jr.,played both sides of the fence with institutional racism or structural racism, a major social issue in North America. In a recent interview when asked about “Black Lives Matter” and Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest. Mayweather said this,
I’m here to say all lives matter. You know, a lot of times, we get stuck, and we are followers. When you hear one person say, ‘black lives matter,’ or ‘blue lives matter,’ all lives matter.
It’s not right what is going on in this world on both sides, What I learned from boxing and what everyone can take in real life is to follow directions, follow order. Don’t give nobody a hard time.
I am an avid boxing fan, especially during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. era. This comment coming from Floyd Mayweather Jr. is very surprising and disappointing to me. The reason this comment is disappointing to me is because, throughout Floyd’s boxing career, he always felt that he was never revered as a national hero because he is black. Floyd always felt that the boxing media and media, in general, chose to promote to their viewers his flamboyant lifestyle outside of the ring instead of his legendary boxing skills inside of the ring. Floyd is on record many times as saying that there is racism in boxing and that he felt, but not in so many words, that if he was white, he would be revered as a boxing god. As recently as 11 months ago in an interview with Fight Hype Floyd said this,
I can’t believe they got Andre Ward ranked number 4 in the pound-for-pound list…without Andre Ward losing a fight, he has to be number 2. I mean, he wins his fights not in good fashion, but in great fashion, and they have him at number 4…I truly believe that racism still exists in the sport of boxing.
When I sit back and think, it’s so many good fighters out there that they don’t talk about. They don’t talk about Terence Crawford, Nicholas Walters, Gary Russell, Leo Santa Cruz, Sharif Bogere, Richard Commey, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo, Badou Jack, Andrew Tabiti, Danny Jacobs, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence, Timothy Bradley, Andre Ward, Adrien Broner, I mean, he’s still a fighter with a lot of personality, Demetrius Andrade, James DeGale, Adonis Stevenson, Deontay Wilder, but you know what? I know why they not talking about these fighters. Because the majority of these fighters are black or affiliated with me and Al Haymon.
But you look at things like this, Ronda Rousey, you know, I think she fought somewhere like 11 or 12 fights, which is not a bad thing. Laila Ali went undefeated and was dominating too. After Ronda Rousey fought I think 9, 10, 11 fights, it didn’t even take that long, she got all types of endorsements, movies, and everything. Laila Ali did the same thing in better fashion. Ronda Rousey, she’s a good looking woman when she put it on. Laila Ali is a drop-dead gorgeous woman; I mean a naturally beautiful woman and can kick ass, but you never heard them (the media) saying when she had I think somewhere around 10, 11, 12 fights that she was the “baddest” woman to ever fight on the planet.
And what’s so crazy, I don’t really know the McGregor guy; never seen him fight,” Mayweather said. “I heard his name actually from one of the runners that work for our company… he told me about the guy McGregor. They say he talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant. So biased! Like I said before, all I’m saying is this, I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.
You can read the entire interview here
Fence riders, fence riders, fence riders…
Floyd Mayweather obviously has experienced institutional racism and feels that he and many other black boxers have been or are victims of institutional racism in the boxing profession. That is exactly what he is describing in his interview with Fight Hype. And so when it concerns him or his trade he unapologetically speaks out. However 11 months later when asked about Blacks Live Matter, a chapter based organization who according to their website “work for the validity of black life and calls to action a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.” He says ” I’m here to say all lives matter???” That’s just weird. Floyd exposed himself to not knowing what in the world Black Lives Matter is all about… Black Lives Matters is fighting the powers that he says perpetuate racism. Floyd needs to quit riding the fence and start being more responsible with his comments or just not speak on the subject at all. Just say “No comment” and let more qualified people deal with the social ills of black people in North America.