Wednesday 18 October 2017

'I turned him into a Mexican tonight' - Conor McGregor's curious remark about Floyd Mayweather after Vegas showdown

Floyd Mayweather Jr, right, and Conor McGregor during the post fight press conference. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Floyd Mayweather Jr, right, and Conor McGregor during the post fight press conference. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Conor McGregor's curious remark about Floyd Mayweather after his 10th round, TKO loss has received sparked criticism.

McGregor paid tribute to the boxer post-fight with an odd turn of phrase, saying; "I turned him into a Mexican tonight; he fought like a Mexican."

The comment quickly drew critical attention on social media, after previous allegations of McGregor making racist comments before the fight.

McGregor clarified any controversy last week, saying: "At the end of the day we are only human, we all have slips of the tongue, we all misread thing and that’s it. Overall I think it came full circle. We are two athletes who’ve dedicated our entire lives to this."

However, many criticised the Dublin fighter's 'Mexican' comment after the fight.

Sports Illustrated’s Dan Gartland draws a line between stereotyping and racism, a line that can be blurred.

"Mayweather’s style in the second half of the fight, then, could be considered one stereotypically associated with a Mexican fighter," he writes.

"Sure, Mexicans like Oscar De La Hoya have employed such a style with great success but a fighter doesn’t have to be from Mexico to box that way, as Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin does.

"So while McGregor’s comment wasn’t overtly racist and certainly didn’t have malicious intent, it’s still based on a stereotype."

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