Mayweather apologizes for Pacquiao rant
Days after releasing a 10-minute, profanity-laced tirade on Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather has apologized through another live video, Michigan news website Mlive.com reported Saturday.
During his first rant, Mayweather referred to Pacquiao as a "yellow chump", adding he was on a one-year "vacation" and would return to "stomp the midget."
On Friday, Mayweather, originally of Grand Rapids, Mich., said he "didn’t really mean any of it."
"I do want to apologize for what happened the other night. I want to apologize to everybody because everybody thought that it was a racist comment that I said. I don’t have a racist bone in my body. I have nothing but love for everybody," Mayweather said.
"Some of my guys are Muslim, some of my guys are Jews, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, whites … it doesn’t matter. I got nothing but love in my heart. All I want to say is, if anybody was affected from what I said the other day, I apologize as a man. I was just having fun. I didn’t really mean it."
In the previous video Mayweather said, "Once I stomp the midget, I’m going to make that (expletive) … make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice." His bravado didn’t stop there. Becoming even more offensive he said, "We’re going to cook that (expletive) with some cats and dogs."
Mayweather and Pacquiao engaged serious talks last December and January before a proposed March 13 fight fell apart, leading Pacquiao to defeat Joshua Clottey instead, and Mayweather to defeat Shane Mosley.
Another proposal for November ended when Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum sent messages through HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg to no interest or response from the Mayweather camp. So Pacquiao will fight Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 instead.
Mayweather did not back off from the notion that he’s looking forward to fighting Pacquiao.
"Manny Pacquiao, he truly believes that he’s one of the best, but I know that I am the best, that’s the difference," Mayweather said. "I want him to believe that he’s going to win. All 41 opponents that I faced thought that they were going to win, but that didn’t happen."