Conor McGregor drew the ire of ‘Money’ May, and was held up as an example that racism exists in sport in a controversial rant.
The undefeated pugilist claimed last week that McGregor’s positive media and reactions to his trash-talk is proof that ‘racism still exists’.
A false reply from an account purporting to be the Irishman did the rounds recently, but the man himself has duly replied from his official Facebook account.
‘The Notorious’ took particular offence to the remarks, harking back to Ireland’s difficult history.
Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.
In my family’s long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name ‘McGregor’ was punishable by death.
Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again.
If you want we can organise a fight no problem.
I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.
At 27 years of age I now hold the key to this game.
The game answers to me now.
Floyd Mayweather is a damn fool for bringing race up. People are done watching him because he's old news. I lost all respect for him.
— Matteo Santer (@playitMJ) January 9, 2016
The challenge for a fight that would surely break all financial records was just part of a Facebook post that also addressed his next fight – presumably with UFC Lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos. While we await the UFC’s approval, both men appear to have agreed it already.
McGregor’s full post can be seen below.