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Floyd Mayweather got mad buzz when he dissed Jeremy Lin on Feb. 13, Tweeting, “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.” The greatest prizefighter of his era hasn’t backed off that assertion, either, even though he’s taken some heavy heat for it. No, it’s been business as usual for “Money” who’s been partyin’, gamblin’, training and showin’ off the bling in the days following his Lin sin.
Another shoot from the lip Twitterer, UFC head honcho Dana White, who is an immense boxing fan, stirred it up on the Feb. 21 installment of “UFC Tonight” on FuelTV. He called Mayweather “racist” for making the Lin assertion, pointing out that Mayweather has a history here, busting on Filipino Manny Pacquiao with Asian stereotypes in September 2010.
White said plenty of African-Americans get ample praise, men like Kobe and Michael Jordan, and labeled Mayweather a “knucklehead” and then “dummy.” He told Floyd to fight Pacquiao, and that “if there’s ever a fight in history that should be split fifty-fifty 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…I know that I speak for millions and millions of other people. Shut up, and make the fight, Floyd.”
No counterpunch, as of yet, from Mayweather, on Twitter…