Letter of the week: Our modest heroes
Published 10/05/2015 | 02:30
Sir - When following the huge build-up to last week's Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight, I was amazed at the scale of the arrogance of Floyd Money Mayweather.
He called himself TBE (standing for 'the best ever'). He posted photographs of himself with his collection of luxury cars or surrounded by $100 bills.
It struck me that no Irish sports person has ever displayed such arrogance. Even if a hurler or footballer scores three goals in an All-Ireland final and is the difference between winning and losing, he will never say things like "I'm the best full forward ever" or "I'm unplayable when I'm on my game."
No, he is more likely to say something like "Sure it was a team effort" or "I was just in the right place at the right time."
What is it about us Irish? Was Imelda May spot on when she sang Proud to be Humble?
By the way, could you imagine the state of Mayweather if he had to go 70 minutes against the Limerick or Tipperary full-back line?
Abbeyfeale, Co Kerry