Back in October 2016, Floyd Mayweather caught a lot of flack for some comments he made during an interview with Tha Boxing Voice. After he was asked why other boxers weren’t selling out fights like he used to, Mayweather responded by randomly expressing his unpopular opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I’m here to say all lives matter," Mayweather said. "You know, a lot of times, we get stuck, and we are followers. When you hear one person say 'Black lives matter,' or 'Blue lives matter,' all lives matter."
Mayweather’s comments didn’t sit well with a lot of people, and he received criticism from all directions. Mayweather’s longtime nemesis T.I. went as far as to call Mayweather’s comments "socially irresponsible" in a lengthy Instagram post.
Mayweather recently addressed his "all lives matters" comments from 2016 and told everyone that he’s sticking by them. After a fan mentioned the comments on IG, he spent several minutes trying to explain why he doesn’t think what he said is a big deal.
I got a lot of scrutiny when everybody was like, 'Oh yeah, Floyd said all lives matter.' I don’t give a fuck what nobody say. I live my life the way I fucking want to live my life. I say what the fuck I want to say. I ain’t no fucking follower. And I’ll say it again: All lives matter. At the end of the day, right here, this is one of my best friends. This is one of my best friends right here. So at the end of the day, he’s Filipino. At the end of the day, I look at him like a brother. So his life matter to me, just like everybody on here. Y’all life matter to me, too. It’s all love. Everybody life matter. Everybody mean something.
That led to Mayweather making this statement, which he seemed to backtrack from right away after saying it:
A lot of times we say, 'Black lives matter, black lives matter,' but at the end of the day, in the hood, blacks is shooting blacks. I’m saying—nobody should be killing nobody. I just want peace. Me myself, I want peace. I think everybody should have peace. All around the world, we should have peace.
And Mayweather finished by talking about how he thinks people should interact with police. He also attempted to punctuate his explanation with a poorly-timed joke:
My thing is this: There’s good cops out there, just like there’s bad cops out there. At the end of the day, it’s all about following rules and regulations. That’s on both ends—for people in this world and for the cops. I know the cops got a job to do, but the cops’ job ain’t to be shooting motherfuckers, either. But also, when the cops tell a motherfucker to get out the car, just follow rules and regulations. All you got to do is follow rules. Don’t question a motherfucker. When they pull me over, when they ask for my registration, my license, my insurance, I just hand them this. [holds up a stack of money] I’m fucking with y’all. I’m popping shit.