By Luis Sandoval
Floyd Mayweather’s tweet regarding Jeremy Lin may have got him in hot water when he suggested Lin’s hype was mostly due to him being Asian. But his recent comments regarding Mexican boxing fans should have a better response.
Mayweather spoke with BoxingScene.com and other members of the media and gave Mexican boxing fans a compliment they can surely smile about.
“Like I said, and I mean it, Puerto Rican fans know a lot about boxing. And the Puerto Rican fans are true boxing fans. But the number one boxing fans are Mexicans” said Floyd. “We all know there’s no fans like Mexican fans”.
The turnout for the last leg of the Mayweather-Cotto press tour in Los Angeles was very overwhelming. Fans had to be turned away after the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where the conference took place, was filled to capacity. Many of the fans in attendance were indeed Mexican and while they showed plenty of love to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, they also showed plenty for Mayweather.
Floyd has shown appreciation to his Mexican fan base before when in 2007 for his mega fight with Oscar De La Hoya, he wore the Mexican flag colors and sombrero to the ring.
While Floyd gave the Mexican boxing fans the upmost respect, he also didn’t alienate his other fans who come from all backgrounds and support boxing.
“The fans, the Puerto Rican fans. The Mexican fans. The Latin fans. The fans all over the world have done an amazing job in supporting us fighters and keeping the sport of boxing alive” said a thankful Mayweather. “My fan base is worldwide. My UK fans are remarkable. You know my fans come out from all over the world”.
As always, Floyd stayed after to sign autographs and take pictures with his fans.
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