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Aussie Olympic Hero Calls Floyd Mayweather A 'Tosser' For Snubbing Fan With Painted Nails

Max Sherry

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Aussie Olympic Hero Calls Floyd Mayweather A 'Tosser' For Snubbing Fan With Painted Nails

Aussie fan favourite Harry Garside has joined the chorus of people criticising Floyd Mayweather after the retired boxer denied a young fan a photograph simply because he had his nails painted.

In a video clip posted online, the teenage boy can be seen innocently asking Mayweather for a picture at an NBA game before being quickly shut down.

"You got painted nails," Mayweather yelled at the fan.

"I don't take pictures with guys with no painted nails.

When footage of the bizarre exchange surfaced on social media, people wasted no time in slamming Mayweather for his response with some labelling him a homophobe.

One person in particular who took exception to the brutal snub was Olympic hero Garside.

"Guess I won't be asking fellow Olympic Bronze medallist for a photo," Garside said in an Instagram picture of him holding up his Tokyo medal with his nails painted.

The Australian boxer also dubbed Mayweather a "tosser" in the hashtags, concluding "money can't buy class".

"I think Floyd has every right to deny him anyone from taking a photo. [But] I don't agree with it at all, and I think the way he handled it was very poor - to put that young fan on show. I think that's sad," Garside told Fox Sports Australia.

"It just showcased to me the society we live in, we put athletes, celebrities, people who have money on a pedestal, when I don't think they really deserve it.

"That young person was such a fan... and for him to turn him away like that, and to make it really obvious about why he was turning him away, was, I think, pretty sad."

Garside won over the hearts of everyone during his time in Tokyo for the 2020 Games.

Inside the ring, his talent speaks for itself as he earned Australia its first Olympic boxing medal in over 33 years.

But outside of it, it's easy to see how he managed to captivate the nation.

During his time in Japan, Garside - sporting painted nails and a classic mullet - revealed that he planned on wearing a dress to the opening ceremony in Tokyo in a bid to "break stereotypes".

Garside did fall agonisingly short in his quest for gold, suffering a defeat at the hands of world No.1 Andy Cruz in their Olympic semi-final, but his Olympic journey will be remember fondly by all as he prepares to make his professional debut in November on Tim Tszyu's undercard.

Featured Image Credit: TMZ/Instagram/@harry_garside

Topics: Boxing News, Boxing, Video, watch, Australia, Floyd Mayweather

Max Sherry
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