The Fight Out of the Ring Continues. Round 4. Fight!
A fight we never thought would happen is happening. A UFC Champion vs a Boxing champion.
In a 4-legged tour to promote the once-in-a-lifetime boxing match, both fighters have had some heated words. And now they have the attention of the LGBT community.
Conor McGregor was criticized for what many felt were racially insensitive remarks during the first three stops of the world tour to promote the Aug. 26th fight.
Now, on the last stop of the tour, it is Mayweather who has come back swinging hard and in the process, caught the attention of the LGBT community.
Mayweather used an anti-gay slur during a rant against McGregor, UFC’s lightweight champ.
The slur was quickly condemned by LGBT activists in the sports community.
“Athlete Ally strongly condemns the homophobic slur used by Floyd Mayweather,” Hudson Taylor, executive director of the LGBT group Athlete Ally, said in an email to USA TODAY Sports. “Resorting to homophobic and racial epithets is shameful no matter how or why one uses them.”
The claims of racism leveled against McGregor first arose during the first legs of the tour in Los Angeles and Toronto when he told Mayweather ‘dance for me, boy’ – a phrase that has racial overtones. And in trying to defuse the situation when on stage at the Barclays Centre in New York, the UFC lightweight champion only inflamed it.
‘All of the media seem to be saying that I am against black people. But do they not know that I am half black? I’m half-black from the bellybutton down,’ McGregor said.
” If Mayweather truly has the utmost respect for the LGBT community, he wouldn’t resort to using slurs that perpetuate anti-LGBT stigma and hate.”, responded a representative for Mayweather
Addressing McGregor’s alleged involvement, Hudson Taylor said the following,
“Resorting to homophobic and racial epithets is shameful no matter how or why one uses them.”