Mayweather Not Sorry for His Offensive Words

November 18, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.
1. cuss out (idiom) [kuhs-out] – to curse or say bad words at someone
Example: He wanted to cuss out his friend who broke the new camera.

2. annoy (v.) [uh-noi] – to irritate someone
Example: Drunk customers annoy the shopkeeper.

3. vulgarly (adv.) [vuhl-ger-lee] – in an indecent or offensive manner
Example: People tried to ignore the man who was vulgarly complaining to the manager.

4. opponent (n.) [uh-poh-nuhnt] – a person who competes against another person in a contest
Example: It may be difficult to win the competition because the opponent is the defending champion.

5. rude (adj.) [rood] – impolite; bad-mannered
Example: The student received punishment for his rude behavior.

Read the text below.

Floyd Mayweather defended himself for cussing out Larry Merchant, HBO’s long-time boxing commentator, during a post-fight interview last September 17.

Merchant, who has been with HBO for 30 years, repeatedly questioned Mayweather’s victory over Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title. This annoyed the 34-year-old boxer, who then vulgarly told Merchant that he should be fired from HBO for being clueless about boxing.

Mayweather bagged the title after knocking out his opponent with two critical punches. However, Ortiz claimed the referee had already called a break before Mayweather made his winning move.

In response to Mayweather’s words, Merchant retorted he would have put up a fight against Mayweather had he been 50 years younger.

During the press conference held after the fight, Mayweather told reporters he did not regret the rude words he used against the veteran commentator.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.
Discussion A

·         Is it reasonable to say bad words when you are angry? Why or why not?
·         When you are angry, what do you usually do?

Discussion B

·         Do you like hearing stories about celebrities having rude behavior? Why or why not?
·         Do you know a celebrity in your country who has shown rude behavior in public?

November 18, 2011