- Floyd Mayweather Jr. was seen shopping in Gucci earlier this week.
- The retired American boxer was asked why he wasn’t joining people like Spike Lee who were calling for a boycott as a response to the Italian designer selling a jumper resembling blackface.
- Mayweather responded by saying he’s “not a follower” and did “what the f— I wanna do.”
- He has now been targeted by the rapper T.I., who slapped him with an explicit diss track.
- The song features cover art that shows a Mayweather mugshot altered with the Gucci sweater on top.
- You can listen to the Mayweather diss track right here.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been slapped with a diss track from the rapper T.I. after he was seen shopping at Gucci.
Mayweather, who retired from boxing undefeated after a 10th-round stoppage win over Conor McGregor in 2017, visited a Gucci store earlier in the week and left with an entourage carrying multiple bags filled with Gucci products.
The 41-year-old was asked why he was still shopping at Gucci when there was a backlash over its $US900 balaclava knit top that people thought looked like blackface.
The Italian designer apologised for selling the black jumper, which stretched over the mouth and featured red lips, a traditional feature of blackface.
Prominent celebrities like the movie director Spike Lee led calls to boycott Gucci, but Mayweather said he’s “not no follower,” did “what the f— I wanna do,” and would “get on a yacht and live life.”
On Thursday, T.I. released a song called “F— N—-,” and it appears to be a direct response to Mayweather’s comments.
The track cover shows one of Mayweather’s mugshots altered so that one of the Gucci sweaters appears over his image.
Text below the altered image describes a “f— n—-” as a “term used in the south” for when someone “goes against his people,” does “ignorant s—” and also “deserves to get dealt with accordingly for their stupidity.”
Some of the lyrics appear to take shots at Mayweather’s lifestyle, which involves fast cars, expensive jewellery, and buying multimillion-dollar mansions.
“Damn, it must suck to be a f— n—-, old greedy a– n—- only thinking about his self,” T.I. raps. “He get the fame, he get the wealth but people are struggling, who did you help?”
Another line reads: “I don’t give a f—- how much money you have, what did you do with it, how did you use it to make an impact and influence the wealth for the better? You rather go buy jewellery, whatever.”
You can listen to the song right here:
Though Mayweather’s last professional fight was in 2017, he did return to the ring for a three-round exhibition in Saitama, Japan, on December 31 against the heralded Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
Mayweather, though, needed only one round to knock the noticeably lighter Nasukawa down three times en route to an early knockout victory. The bout was later described as a farce, with the former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub slamming it as “fake.”
It is unclear what Mayweather’s next move is, as he recently said a swan song in the cage-fighting firm UFC would enhance his bank balance by $US3 billion to $US5 billion.
For now at least, he remains retired.
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