Were pro-U.S.A. fans booed at big boxing match?

Were fans booed for chanting “U-S-A” during the Floyd Mayweather versus Canelo Alverez fight Saturday night? Based on the videos that have been widely circulated, it’s hard to tell.

The chant begins at about the 2-minute mark:

Reports have been mixed about the nature of the boos.

USA Today, mentioned the incident in its coverage of the event writing, “Alvarez appears to be growing frustrated. Chants of ‘U-S-A’ broke out, as the Mexican contingent booed in reply.” The paper later clarified that the boos from the “Mexican contingent” may have been in response to Alverez’s poor performance.

Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, had a slightly different take: “A U-S-A chant rings from the rafters. Floyd moving around the ring. Jabs again. Tags Canelo with a right hand as Canelo charges in. Canelo still throwing. Crowd boos a little.”

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On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu struggled to hear the boos at all.

“Well, the allegation, I don’t hear it that much but the allegation is that while some of the crowd chanted ‘USA, USA,’ the Mexican contingent in the audience booed them,” Pat explained. “Now, the only question was on the story, were they booing the poor performance of their guy or were they booing the chanting of USA, USA? I don’t know. I didn’t really hear it. You didn’t either?”

“I don’t hear it at all,” Glenn agreed.

When you put the incident in the context of other sporting events, it’s really not all that scandalous. In many cities and states, allegiance to a particular team is quite sacred and sporting events are filled with chants and boos depending on the situation.

If the fans at the fight were in fact booing the USA chant, Glenn had less of a problem with the booing itself and more of a problem with the larger context.

“Let’s not take ourselves so seriously at a sporting event. But I actually think that people are serious when they boo ‘USA,’ and you’re in our house,” Glenn explained. “You know, I wouldn’t mind it if we went down, and I think it would be rude – you go down to Mexico and you’re shouting, you know, USA, USA, USA and they booed us, I would be like, ‘Well, we deserve it.’”

“Sporting events, though, cross those lines a lot of times,” Stu countered. “The point is, though, that the United States, if they cared enough about the sport, which they obviously don’t, [boxing has] been dying for years. If they cared enough about boxing, they would show up in enough numbers that this wouldn’t be a factor. The point is that the Mexicans seem to care more about the sport than we do. So they get there and they get enough seats to be able to, you know, make themselves heard.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    It not shocking.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I listened to it, inconclusive, yet if it was in their house, no surprise.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Not one bit.

  • Anonymous

    To you worthless Mexicans La Verga  pito’s

  • http://www.facebook.com/rigoberto.serrano.39 Pachy Serrano

    Please GB. Dont bring sports issues into your show cause obviously you and your guys look pretty awful especially when you try to mix politics with sports.
    Mayweather is American and Canelo is Mexican, two sides chanting for their guy . . . nothing political about it. The American won, the Mexican lost. Other times Mexicans wins and Americans lose . . . where is the issue?

  • Anonymous

    What? This is a story? Glenn Beck, who consistently demonstrates his lack of understanding of any sporting event tries to make a suggestion that Mexican fans. or Mexican American fans are booing our great country when they boo the opponents’ fans chanting USA? Are you insane?

    I seem to recall Glenn dissing the fact that at a world cup qualifier or Gold Cup final that was played in LA the vast majority of the fans there supported El Tri, the Mexican national team, instead of the USA.

    News flash, oh great sports fan Glenn: The sports teams of your youth tend to stay with you for life.

    Know anything about the World Cup Glenn? Know anything about the passion of the fans? How about the 1994 World Cup first round when Ireland played Italy at the Meadowlands.  Thousands of American citizens cheered their country of orignin/ancestry by waving flags and singing songs of the homeland, and hissed and booed the other team’s cheers and chants. Did supporting their ancestral home team make these citizens less American; did supporting those teams make them disrespectful to the USA?

    My four mens league hockey teammates who are ex pats from Canada and now citizens of the USA, always root for Team Canada in the World’s, Olympics and Juniors Tournaments. They still consider the Leafs, the Canadiens and the Senators to be their home town team.  No one begrudges their sports allegiances. They are wisely somewhat more subdued when attending Flyers’ games, as there are more than a few alcohol fueled morons who would take issue with the teams of their youth.

    What Glenn, no Syria stories today?