It was revealed at a Tokyo press conference earlier this week that Floyd Mayweather would come out of retirement to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an unspecified combat sports match on New Year’s Eve. Mayweather has since distanced himself from the bout, clarifying that he had only agreed to a small exhibition match and, in fact, hadn’t even heard of Nasukawa prior to arriving in Tokyo.
The initial news was treated with scepticism, with combat sport observers quick to express their surprise at the matchup. One notable person to comment was Mayweather’s last opponent, Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, who shared his thoughts on Instagram. “What in the fuck is going on here? Who’s this little prick next to you?” read McGregor’s caption.
“That’s mad shit. Chris tucker and Jackie fucking Chan back in this bitch,” McGregor continued, comparing the two fighters to the stars of the Rush Hour film series. “Fucking brilliant. Mad little bastard you are Floyd. Fair fucks to you mate. No lie. Fuck it.”
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Is that a tracksuit or a sauna suit Floyd haha wtf. is it hot in Tokyo or what’s the story here? that climate change is no joke fuck me hahah What in the fuck is going on here? Who’s this little prick next to you ? That’s mad shit. Like something out of rush hour 5 or something. Chris tucker and Jackie fucking Chan back in this bitch. Fucking brilliant. Mad little bastard you are Floyd. Fair fucks to you mate. No lie. Fuck it.
McGregor has since been accused of racism for his comments, with various social media users having their say.
In today’s episode of Conor McGregor saying racist shit: He refers to Tenshin Nasukawa as “Jackie Chan”
Couple that with him calling Dennis Siver a “Nazi” & saying he would invade Jose Aldo’s favela & “kill anybody who wasn’t fit to work”, maybe its time to call a spade a spade.
— Jordan Patu (@Jordan_Patu) November 5, 2018
Conor McGregor is a classic colonialist racist. It couldn’t be any more obvious now.
— Maximum Power (@TheMaximumPower) November 5, 2018
I'm a big fan of Conor McGregor but I can't back him up on that one, it's some type of 12 years old bully shit "Hey Jackie Chan" when he sees an asian guy and "hey Apu" when it's a brown guy. Conor is more ignorant than racist, the guy just need to stop drinking he's getting lost
— Hanzi MMA is normal (@HanziMMA) November 6, 2018
This isn’t the first time McGregor has faced accusations of racism. Prior to his fight with Mayweather last year, which McGregor lost by a 10th-round technical knockout, he drew criticism after trash-talking the American by saying, “Dance for me, boy!” McGregor denied being racist, responding, “Do they not know I’m half-black? Yeah, I’m half-black from the bellybutton down.”
Nasukawa posted a measured response to McGregor on Tuesday, writing, “Hello, Mr. McGregor. My Name is Tenshin Nasukawa. I am not Jackie Chan. I promise to avenge your loss, so please watch my fight.”
McGregor’s next move remains unclear. The former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion is currently waiting for the outcome of a disciplinary hearing following the brawl that erupted after his recent defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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