Saturday 22 October 2016

'If Conor McGregor was black, he'd be hated'- MMA star concurs with Floyd Mayweather

Published 14/01/2016 | 14:45

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather

It seems as though Floyd Mayweather is not alone in thinking that Conor McGregor’s outspoken antics would not be so willingly tolerated if he were black.

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In December, the exceedingly brash Mayweather claimed that the Dubliner and Ronda Rousey were living proof of a prevalent culture of racism within combat sports.

McGregor duly replied to the retired boxer’s comments with an extensive statement of his own on Facebook, which entailed the historical subjugation of the Irish people which, according to him, continues to this day.

On Wednesday, African American mixed martial artist Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal decided to weigh in on the issue.

Speaking on the MMA Roasted podcast, Lawal, one of the better fighters to never compete under the UFC banner, claimed that McGregor’s ethnicity had facilitated him in doing and saying exactly as he pleases without the risk of a public rebuke.

"Straight up, Conor's doing his thing. He's making his money, he's a great personality, great for the sport. But if Conor was, shut that down, he'd be hated."

Lawal went on to say that black athletes who engage in such braggadocio are all to often dismissed as arrogant.

"Being black, they walk we talk is often perceived as negative. If we talk trash or we're outgoing, we're cocky or brash. If they're someone else then it's 'Oh they're outgoing'."

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