While the actual in-arena attendance and pay-per-view buy rates for the big McGregor-Mayweather fight are a little murky, rest assured, there were a lot of eyeballs glued to the television set on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, if there’s a downside to such a massive mainstream fight, it’s that a lot of eyes trained on the television weren’t actual boxing fans.
And those untrained eyes have led to rampant accusations of Conor McGregor being a racist after what he had to say about Floyd Mayweather Jr. following Mayweather’s 10th round TKO victory.
“I turned him into a Mexican tonight. He fought like a Mexican,” McGregor said after his loss.
Naturally, many hyper sensitive people began calling out McGregor for being a “racist.”
” i turned him into a Mexican tonight” … WAS THAT AN INSULT OR A COMPLIMENT??!!
— Monitaa13 (@Monitaa13) August 27, 2017
And so on and so forth. Those types of accusations ran rampant on social media following the fight.
This isn’t the first time people have accused McGregor of saying racist comments towards Mayweather.
McGregor told Mayweather to “dance for me, boy,” leading up to the fight.
But people need to calm down because anyone who accuses McGregor of being racist for his “Mexican” comment clearly doesn’t know much about boxing.
Being called a “Mexican” in boxing parlance is actually something of a compliment.
Mexican boxing is noted as being hyper-aggressive, with lots of punches thrown and not much emphasis on defense.
By contrast, Mayweather has often been criticized as a boxer for being hyper-defensive because he doesn’t throw many punches and does not have much knockout power.
Many fans were surprised to see Mayweather coming out as aggressive as he did in the later rounds of the bout. By the time the referee stopped the fight, Mayweather was teeing off on McGregor’s face in a style completely different from his typically defensive approach.
Remember, the last big fight that Mayweather was in against Manny Pacquiao drew widespread criticism. Many accused Mayweather of running and playing defense the whole fight against an injured Pacquiao.
So despite whatever racial agenda, certain people may be trying to push, those who know boxing know that McGregor did not crack a racist comment after his fight.
If anything, he was showering Mayweather with respect and complimenting his unusually aggressive style.