Floyd Mayweather Jr. stirred up a lot of conversation recently with his opinion of racism still being prevalent in combat sports. Mayweather claimed that UFC stars Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey’s success were due to them being white. McGregor responded to Mayweather with an aggressive letter and even proposed a fight with the retired boxing champion.
Obviously, the claim of color being attributed to the success of McGregor and Rousey upset some, but Bellator and RIZIN veteran Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal agrees with Mayweather. Lawal spoke with the MMA Roasted podcast recently and talked about the situation as a black fighter himself.
“Let’s take another step. Straight up, Conor’s doing his thing, making his money. He’s a great personality, he’s great for the sport. But if Conor was black? Man, shut that down. He’d be hated.”
“Being black, things are negative. If we talk trash, or we’re outgoing, we’re cocky, we’re brash. But if it’s someone else, they’re like ‘oh man, they’re outgoing.’”
Lawal added, “If you’re black and you act like, with class, you got no fan base. In order to get some attention, you need to be brash, need to take a page out of Ali’s book. You have to be outspoken, you have to be arrogant and cocky.”
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