In the build-up to his bout with Manny Pacquiao on Jan. 19, American professional boxer Adrien Broner dropped racially insensitive remarks directed not only at the Filipino southpaw, but at his supporters too.
Adrien Broner tells Filipino Pacquiao supporters “I got a cat for you for dinner” and “I got some sautéed German Shepherd for you in the back” #PacquiaoBroner #PacBroner @Sports5PH pic.twitter.com/8EOJTV1r5K
— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) January 16, 2019
In the video clip that has been circulating Twitter, taken from one of the press conferences prior to the fight, the 29-year-old American boxer can be heard dropping racist insults.
At one point in the clip, Broner tells a supporter, “I got a cat for you for dinner,” and towards another, he says, “I got some sautéed German Shepherd for you in the back.”
The comments did not sit well with Twitter users. Replying to the clip, many simply wished for Broner to suffer a quick defeat at the hands of the Pac Man’s famous left fist:
I hope Pacman WHOOP his ass
— Alex D Jackson (@Mr_D_Jack) January 18, 2019
I hope Manny beats the bigotry out of him
— Keith (@publicola05) January 17, 2019
Haven’t wanted someone get there face smash since Cotto Vs Margarito 2
— McKay (@FilthyCasual83) January 17, 2019
& hopefully Pacquiao’s got a hard left for his chin.
— Scott Nicholls (@79scotty) January 17, 2019
I suspect he may be having soup for his dinner for some time after Manny wires his jaw.
— hally180 (@pckrc) January 19, 2019
Let’s hope Pac puts him to sleep
— Chris Leeks (@MrChrisLeeks) January 17, 2019
Some users made thoughtful comments about Broner’s racism while others alleged that casual racism towards Asians is too readily tolerated:
Sad. The man will be fighting for the 70th time, and at the elite level, where’s the good grace from Broner and his team towards Manny for that? Of course they want to win, but instead of being respectful, they posture and smirk as he reels off racist stereotypes. Not cool.
— Vardy’s Guitar (@VardysGuitar) January 16, 2019
as a representative of the black community, we no longer claim him.
— the myan (@myagvng) January 21, 2019
I’m all for trash talk but it’s 2019. There’s no place for racism in this world. (and there never actually was). Poor show from Broner
— mit messenger (@mitmessenger) January 20, 2019
Of course he won’t, Mayweather and his camp made similar comments years back. Reverse it though 😳
— David Fahey (@villahagler69) January 19, 2019
Because for some odd reason any racism directed towards Asians, whether it’s southeast or otherwise, remains acceptable in this country. It’s the most ridiculous double standard and this isn’t the first time it’s been directed publicly at Pacquiao.
— MeanJDean (@Cjun35) January 23, 2019
This won’t even break news. Smh. Broner can talk shit all he wants, but this is too far. Dudes a racist but no ones gonna say anything about it cause he’s not white.
— MV ☠️🇺🇸 (@miguel_smooth) January 18, 2019
It looks like the fans got what they wanted, as Pacquiao won via unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan. 19.
“sautèed german shepherd” 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/c20dSUyFBO
— 🐉 justice (@iamjusticeee) January 21, 2019
Pacquiao, 40, defeated Broner, 29, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by unanimous decision, making it Pacquiao’s 61st win and retaining his WBA welterweight title. Unfortunately, Pacquiao was also the victim of a home burglary at his residence in Los Angeles, though it is not clear what, if anything, was taken.
Featured image screenshot via Twitter / ryansongalia