We musn't stay so!
When Jamaican people nuh like yuh, is a hell of a ting!
I stayed up to watch the much-talked-about boxing match (more of a track meet actually, but, oh well) between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Now I'm no boxer, but if you watch the sport, know the sport and really take an honest look, Mayweather won the fight. But kill Jamaicans dead, a Manny win. A large part of the feeling, whether we like to believe it or not, is because we simply don't like Floyd.
Now, I must point out that I don't like Floyd either. I devoted an entire column to the very topic when he fought Ricky Hatton in 2007. I wanted Hatton to knock him out (and I actually wrote that) but it didn't happen. I respect Floyd as a boxer, though, and so I thought he would beat Manny on points. But Jamaicans don't like Floyd for two main reasons. One, because him show off! But also, he's disliked because there was a video showing him dumbfounded that a woman of Jamaican descent in a barbershop didn't know who he was. And that's all fine.
But you must give the devil his due. And if you don't want to take my word for it, that's fine. Listen to non-American boxing commentators and read non-ESPN-affiliated writers. Ask local boxing folks then. They will tell you the same thing. The May 2, fight was not a work of art, it was not a masterpiece and it was not the greatest fight we've ever seen. But Mayweather won. At worst, he certainly didn't lose the fight. At best, it was a draw, and quite frankly that would have been a travesty.
USathlete Ryan Bailey
Now who we should have some words for is United States (US) athlete Ryan Bailey, who did the Bolt sign and a cutthroat manoeuvre after the US beat Jamaica in the 4x100-metre relay at the IAAF World Relays. But guess what? I'm not upset with Bailey that he made the gesture. He had just anchored the team (albeit Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay did the bulk of the work) to a big win and adrenaline probably got the better of him. What annoys me is that Bailey, unlike the other three musketeers, hasn't accomplished anything. You can talk smack all you want, but after you do something worth talking smack about.
If Gay had done it, especially after Bolt said he (Gay) should have been banned for life, I wouldn't mind. I wouldn't like Gatlin or Rodgers doing it, but at least they are worth the price of admission. So now poor Bailey, who may actually turn out to be a half-decent sprinter, has put himself in the group of people who Jamaicans, upon seeing them face-to-face, will instruct them about what to do with female relatives. Such is life when you cross us.
But trust me on the fight; Floyd won. But look at the bright side, him say him soon retire. So we won't have to quarrel about him much longer.
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