UFC president Dana White called boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. a racist on Tuesday for his comments earlier this month on New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and in September 2010 on fellow boxer Manny Pacquiao.
White, who has been known to speak his mind, addressed Mayweather's comments during the UFC Tonight show on Fuel TV.
He's made a couple of racist comments, said White at the very beginning of the segment. And yes Floyd, you're racist with the stuff that you said.
Mayweather commented about Lin on his Twitter account on Feb. 13, saying Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise.
In response to that tweet, White said, Really, Kobe Bryant doesn't get any praise? Michael Jordan never got any praise? The list goes on and on of the guys who completely get praised for being great NBA basketball players.
White also responded Mayweather's comment in 2010 that Pacquiao should go make some sushi somewhere.
Sushi's from Japan, White said. He's from the Philippines, dummy.
Despite his responses to Mayweather's comments, however, White seemed more concerned that Mayweather just fight Pacquiao with the 50-50 purse split that Pacquiao has demanded., telling Mayweather not to worry about what all these other guys are doing and shooting your big mouth off on Twitter.
What you should worry about is getting in there and making the fight that all the boxing fans want to see, White said. Get in there and fight Manny Pacquiao. You don't deserve more of the purse. If ever there were a fight in history that should be split 50/50, it's the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Shut up! Both of you split the money up and put on the fight that everybody, including me, wants to see.
White, who managed boxers in the 1990s, ended the segment, saying, Yes, I run the UFC and all this stuff. I'm a boxing fan and I want to see this fight, too. I know that I speak for millions and millions of other people. Shut up and make the fight, Floyd.