Wilder: Mayweather Never Passed The Torch To Me
Floyd Mayweather’s time as a professional boxer came to an end while the world began to see Deontay Wilder as one of the sport’s rising stars.
Brash, outspoken, hard-hitting, and more importantly undefeated, Wilder feels that Mayweather should have passed the baton to the WBC world heavyweight champion and endorsed him as the next African-American boxing star.
“I haven’t [gotten Floyd’s support], and that’s OK,” Wilder told Boxing Scene this week. “Sometimes it takes our own kind to come to a realization. Sometimes people don’t want to let go, especially with our culture and people. We’ve been brainwashed for so long, and put down for so long. It’s taken a while to love us as a race. Black excellence has come a long way, but you still have a few crabs in the bucket around, but all that will be washed away eventually.
“I don’t need the acceptance or the torch passed from none of these guys. They’ve done a great job in their careers — not only Floyd, but a lot of them. They know who they are. You can’t take nothing away from them. We take our hats off for what they’ve done. I just want the same respect. I don’t have any ill will toward none of these guys that have an ill will toward me, or look at me as anything else other than being great. I know I’m the best and most exciting fighter in the world, and the best in boxing — period. I’ll go down to flyweight and fight ‘em to prove my point. Nobody is doing what I’m doing. If you don’t believe me, go checkout my knockout reel. A lot of people are envious of that because their career was not like that, but I’m blessed. I just thank god and wish them all well.”
“All I can do is do what I do, and be a strong man and know who I am, what I represent and stand for,” said Wilder. “Along that way, I want to motivate others who follow along with me and they will see that they can change their mind. Love is love. All things must come to an end. There is an expiration date on a lot of things, especially when you’re dealing with us as human beings.
“Records are to be made, and they are also meant to be broken. Sometimes history repeats itself, and it comes in a greater form. I’m not convincing no one to take part or come to my side. I know who I am. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I know what I’ll do. I’m a special person. I’m anointed by god. Anybody who goes against that, just like the bible says, ‘any weapon formed against me shall not prosper.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene