Floyd Mayweather’s video apology for his racial taunts last week against rival Manny Pacquiao has not satisfied the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).
The non-profit organization, which champions the Filipino voice in America’s civic and national issues, blasted Mayweather yesterday for “embarrassing” the boxing community and the United States. The organization’s national chairman, Greg Macabenta, believes Mayweather’s statements referring to Pacquiao as a “yellow chump” who would “make some sushi rolls and cook some rice,” as ignorance well beyond the accepted confines of sports trash talk.
“We are outraged by Mayweather’s racially offensive remarks. This disgusting diatribe against Pacquiao is a racial slur against all Filipinos and Filipino Americans and an embarrassment not only to the boxing community, but to all Americans,” Macabenta explained. “Talking trash may be common between boxing rivals, but Mayweather’s racially laced profanities brazenly crossed the line of decency and respectability. Pacquiao, on the other hand, has taken the high road and acted like the gentleman that he is.”
The NaFFAA has recommended that all the sanctioning bodies and state boxing athletic commissions publicly repudiate Mayweather for his comments. In addition, the organization called on the NAACP to join them, stating that Mayweather comments are an affront to all “people of color.”
“We call on the National Boxing Association and state athletic commissions to censure Mayweather for behavior that is both abhorrent and demeaning to boxing fans and to the whole world of sports,” Macabenta continued. ““We are further asking all civil rights organizations to stand in solidarity with us in denouncing this racist and homophobic rant. Mayweather’s apology is unacceptable and he must be made accountable for his damaging statements.”
Since the first negotiations between Mayweather and Pacquiao in January, fans of both fighters have passionately debated on the outcome of the fight on Internet message boards. Sometimes, the debates would take on combative racial and nationalistic overtones. But it wasn’t until Mayweather’s video that any derogatory racial or ethnic comments had come from either fighter’s camp.
Mayweather quickly posted an apology video flanked by two women of Thai and Chinese descent in an effort to show he was not racist. The linear welterweight champion also quipped he did not have ill will against Asians because his Las Vegas gym is in “Chinatown.”
For Macabenta, these actions show that Mayweather does not truly grasp the gravity of his words and is further promoting disrespect for an entire ethnic group.
“Coming from a boxing celebrity with millions of fans around the world, Mayweather’s shameless and reckless conduct unfairly paints an entire racial and ethnic group with a broad brush and seriously undermines America’s core values of inclusivity and racial tolerance,” Macabenta concluded.
At press time, the NAACP has not responded to the NaFFAA’s request.
Manny Pacquiao will face Antonio Margarito on PPV November 13 at Dallas Stadium.