Commentary – Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr’s (41-0) partiality against Filipinos [ and Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2) ] first appeared to have manifested in ill-treatment of the Philippine media within the past year. Thursday’s racist video diatribe, therefore, simply appears to have been part of a series of racial partiality.
Thursday was not the first incident. Let’s explore the contextual dynamics that underlied this past week’s outburst.
- A July 16 column by Marv Dumon: Ugly warning for Filipinos on Mayweather-Pacquiao
- A March 5 column by Dennis Guillermo: Philippine media banned from interviewing Floyd Mayweather
- A March 5 article by Lem Satterfield: Arum charges Golden Boy with discrimination against Filipino reporters
“Money” has since apologized for Thursday’s actions in a similar video released on Friday. Apology is not equal to consequence. [ And that mindset should be immunized from accusations of somehow being vindictive. ]
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Tiger Woods apologized to the general sports community for his extra-marital affairs. Companies such as General Motors, Tag Heuer, AT&T, Gatorade, and Accenture still withdrew their sponsorship ties with the golfer. To be sure, petitions toward AT&T and Reebok to drop Mayweather’s endorsement deals have intensified on petitiononline.com, with cumulative signatures (on various pages) reaching thousands.
An Inhumane Sport >
Still, for the most part, we regard Floyd Mayweather, Jr as a good person, who on most days have a great, decent character. Like soldiers, he is in the business ‘of kill or be killed.’
The sport is inhumane. Like slavery, entertainment-driven combat fighting is one of the cruelest inventions of mankind. It traces its lineage to Roman blood pits.
Chicken-fighting and dog-fighting are illegal in most parts of the United States. For some reason, human fighting is somehow still legal. Ironic.
Slavery has been outlawed. Today, you can inflict pain or cause death legally to another person.
Boxing is where you are thrust into a limelight to destroy, or be destroyed. Opposing you is some enraged animal resembling a humanoid. In bitter circumstances, you are a killer – you hate your enemy. You inflict maximum physical, spiritual, and psychological damage.
Success – in this dysfunctional contest – requires demoralizing the enemy. To strip away his manhood. Just as in warfare, the greatest fighters display behaviors that are society’s most intolerable. It is a sanctioned craft, like slavery was.
In 1967, Muhammad Ali nearly killed Ernie Terrell in the squared circle, after Terrell repeatedly referred to his opponent as ‘Cassius Clay’. Although Ali could have mercilessly knocked out Ernie Terrell during their fight, he sadistically prolonged the brutal beating.
Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta possessed dysfuntional tempers that made them a horror to family members – and heroes to boxing fans. In ancient Buddhist ruins, horror and glory are two opposites of the same mask of reality.
Modern society cannot tolerate racial bias, if man is to continue to exist. Our weapons are far too powerful to make us survive. Ironically, its destructive force is a source of immense pride for people – an alarming dynamic for Indians, Pakistans, and North Koreans.
The ancient mystics got it right: terror and ecstasy are one. Women stay with manly wife beaters, as they shun the types perceived to be horrible in bed, they sleep with the beast that precipitate their downfall – like moth to a flame.
The Cruel Method >
Racial bias – like an ancient Chinese dragon scroll – is a tool that makes one succeed in prize fighting. Demeaning the enemy, by psychological means, is a method for soldiers to exact maximum performance.
These brazen values have utmost utility – but is incompatible with contemporary, tasteful living. You do what you must to avoid unimaginable pain. It is sickeningly Machiavellian in the days of keyboard-pattering and office cubicles and sports conversations by the water cooler.
Four-star General George S. Patton referred to Germans and Japanese during World War II in terms that would never be acceptable in a marketplace world of cellphones, iPods, and IMAX 3D. Patton, one of the greatest generals in history, is etched in a period of time that is no more.
As man progressed from the cave to the skyscraper, he redefined the meaning of greatness.
Bernard Hopkins bragged how he was going to kick the “white boy’s ass” in Joe Calzaghe. Calzaghe won. Ali punched a gorilla doll in preparation for Joe Frazier. Frazier won the first meeting. Pacquiao fans litter comments section with the N-word and attributions of “monkey.”
Race wars ignite the primordial psyche to muster combat readiness. Its actions and reactions are beyond reason because the experience of pain, survival, life or death is beyond rationale. Hate has served man’s ‘fight or flight’ existence in nature since the days man slept in the unprotected, bug-infested jungle floor staring into a black,star-filled night contemplating his feeble mortality.
For centuries, soldiers and mercenaries lost sanity as they rode their terrified cavalry toward thrusting bayonets.
Emotion as Enemy >
Sometimes, Floyd Mayweather loses control and goes into outbursts that are misguided. The difference between himself and the great Manny Pacquiao, the American is unable to control his horrific outbursts outside of the ring. The Filipino’s sanctioned, commercialized, enraged terrorism is confined within the bounds of the ring.
To paraphrase the late basketball coach John Wooden said, emotion is a man’s enemy.
A man’s life should not be judged based on the 10 dumbest things he has done. By applying a universal test, all men would fail such measuring standards.
The Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions rose expontentially between the Fourth and Eighth Centuries A.D. because of man’s incapacity to stay controllable 100 percent of the time. Forgiveness elevates in value when the inevitable screw up arrives.
Boxing, like warfare, has diminished in social usefulness. They will never be eliminated, and from time to time, is necessary. Perhaps in some future millenia, they will become as necessary as the air we breathe against some galactical enemy looking to invade our solar system. Warfare is not obsolete – but its utility is counter-balanced by a destructive, self-sabotaging culture.
Symbolically, Floyd Mayweather, in the squared circle, is a sacrificial lamb who must employ the ruthlessness of his psyche to ensure victory. In battle, second place is death.
Like old war veterans, the demons of memory haunt him. His scars evoke the horrors of his craft.
Like the slave before him, the veteran’s curse is an inability to live a normal, typical, and ordinary life. Peace escapes him who cannot turn “off the switch” outside the ring.
Manny Pacquiao, through religion and individual manifestation of national transcendence, has secured that skill.
Mayweather does not have an “off button.”
More than ever, he needs one to avoid an archetypal downfall that has been mythologized from ancient warrior, to slave, to elephant archer, to marine sea-faring captains, to World War II tank officers, to super sonic jet fighter pilots, and to future galactic troopers.
At some point, slavery became an atrocious act against human agency. Unlike animal fighting, boxing is still legal. Perhaps the time has arrived for society to banish it from the earth.