Pacquiao, Mayweather taking opposing views on NBA star Jeremy Lin

Posted Feb 17, 2012 by Leo Reyes
Boxing stars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are taking opposing views on the soaring popularity of NBA's new discovery—New York Knick's guard Jeremy Lin—who is an American of Chinese descent.
Filipino professional boxer Manny Pacquiao
Filipino professional boxer Manny Pacquiao
Pacquiao, who is the only boxer in history to win titles in eight different weight classes in his professional boxing career apart from being known as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, is scheduled to meet with Jeremy Lin in New York on Wednesday.
Lin, who is a Harvard economics graduate, is a young American basketball player whose parents migrated to the US from Taiwan in mid 70's. He was born in Los Angeles, California on August 23, 1988.
The 23-year-old New York Knick's shooting guard is the first NBA player who scored at least 20 points in his four starts, leading his team in a six-game winning streak, averaging 27 points per game in the current season.
Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather who is the current WBC welterweight champion, is being criticized both by some boxing and basketball fans for his comments on Lin's success and popularity, saying his comments seems to border on racial discrimination.
"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," Mayweather, 35,said on his most recent Twitter message.
"Its OK for ESPN to give their opinion but I say something and everyone questions Floyd Mayweather, he added. “I'm speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up. Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine. As soon as I support Black American athletes, I get criticized", he continued in his Twitter posts.
This is not the first time Mayweather is criticized for his racial rants. In 2010, the unbeaten champion had also been criticized for his racist and homophobic comments on Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao.
"Once I stomp that midget (Pacquiao), I'll take that motherfu@k@r make me some sushi roll and cook me some rice,” spewed Mayweather, named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year in 1998 and 2007. "We're going to cook that motherfu@k@r with some cats and dogs...Rice with a little bit of cat, rice with a little bit of barbecued dog.", Mayweather was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, who is set to defend his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten Timothy Bradley of Palm Spring, will be in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills Hotel, Feb. 21) and New York (Chelsea Piers, Feb. 23) to promote his fight with Tim Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.
In his New York leg of the press tour, Pacquiao will have an opportunity to meet with Jeremy Lin, the rising star of New York Knicks.
"God bless Jery Lin" Pacquiao said in his Twitter post.
Pacquiao is a known basketball fan and owner of the MP Gensan Warriors, which he regularly trains with during his free time. The popular Filipino boxer is also a friend of NBA basketball star and L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and other popular NBA stars.
While in the US, Pacquiao will be doing another endorsement for Nike before returning to the Philippines to attend to his duties as member of the House of Representatives and to start training for his upcoming fight with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.