In case you've been avoiding social media the past couple days, you might not know that there's already been a LOT of drama with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor's promo tour of their upcoming middleweight boxing bout.
McGregor caused a storm when he shouted “Dance for me, boy!” in Los Angeles at Mayweather, with the majority of people understanding this to be a demeaning racist insult, and the uproar only getting worse when Conor repeated it in Toronto.
Mayweather commented to TMZ Sports that:
“We all know there’s only two types of boys — a white boy and a cowboy — and I’m not neither. Racism still exists but you know, I try to take something negative and turn it into something positive.
"It is what it is. He’s entitled to feel how he wants to feel. I just want to stay in my zone and stay focused.”
People across the globe were condemning the Irish MMA star for taking his onstage taunts too far.
It only took one press conference for Conor McGregor to say something mildly racist to Floyd Mayweather.
— JustBleedMMA (@JustBleedMMA) July 11, 2017
Stop giving Conor McGregor a free pass and pretending that being subtly racist is just part of a fighter's job.
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) July 13, 2017
Conor McGregor is a racist dickhead and it embarrasses me to watch him out there representing Ireland
— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) July 13, 2017
Here's what Conor had to say...
"All of the media seem to be saying I'm against black people... Do they not know I'm half black? I'm half black from the belly button down."
Conor McGregor isn't racist you guys. He's half black... pic.twitter.com/GrHGXapZkf
— ClickbaitSZN Ethan (@EthanGSN) July 14, 2017
"That doesn't really sit well with me you know, I mean, I'm very multicultural... I'm a multicultural individual and I don't have any ill feelings toward anyone."
— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) July 14, 2017
Everyone knew the media tour for this long-awaited fight would be fiery, but has it gone too far?