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Fri May 18, 2012, 09:39 AM

14. My son was reading

this, and told me about the previous comments. He agrees with you that Floyd is guilty of some unacceptable anti-Asian comments. I stand corrected by both you and him.

He also made some interesting points on Floyd's comments per Miguel sleeping with his friend. He points out the role of culture, including things like "personal space." Also, a high percentage of the boxing community has some contact -- often directly -- with incarceration. Add that black Americans have the highest rates of incarceration. In prison, rape is used as a weapon of control, by both the administration/guards, and inmate population. In this context, what is viewed as homosexuality is akin to heterosexual rape in the non-prison society. It's not about sex, in the natural sense. So an unnatural view is taken.

More, all boxers have to dehumanize their opponent before a fight. I had mentioned that Floyd experienced some difficulty in this per Cotto, because Miguel is truly a gentleman -- and a gentle, loving husband and father outside of the ring. (Of him, Floyd, Oscar, Manny, etc, one could easily identify Cotto as the best "role model" for young folks.) You can't go into that ring thinking of the opponent as a human being. My son made the further point that one must actually dehumanize one's self to box. Valid point. Again, it doesn't okay or excuse the behavior, but adds context.

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