The downside to having one of the most popular MMA fighters of all time cross over into boxing to fight their best guy is that, well, all the idiots come out of the woodwork and spew nonsense. Why do they do this? Because they think their opinion has value – even when it doesn’t. So here we are with today’s latest hot take: Conor McGregor is a bigot.
Seriously, I don’t know if I can survive two months of this crap.
Anyway, here’s Shaun King of the New York Daily News:
Conor McGregor, the Irish darling of mixed martial arts, is a bigot. Dig a little bit, and you’ll see it for yourself. Is he entertaining? Yes. Is he a gifted self-promoter? Absolutely. Is he a skilled, hard-working fighter for the UFC? For sure. And because of his popularity, fans and brands alike are willing to look past his numerous reprehensible statements.
I want to like Conor McGregor. Dude has guts. He doesn’t duck or dodge any challenge in the ring. A few years ago he was surviving week-to-week off of welfare checks. This August, in what could be the most viewed, highest grossing pay-per-view fight of all time, he will reportedly take home over $100 million in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather — who has his own problems with bigotry and abuse toward women.
Mayweather and McGregor’s feud was fueled in part by racism. After Mayweather complained in January 2016 that McGregor got favorable treatment because he is white, McGregor responded, “don’t ever bring my race into my success again,” and wrote how Irish people have been “oppressed our entire existence.”