The rivalry between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is showing no signs of dissipating following the former boxing champion’s comments about the Irishman following his UFC 205 heroics.
When asked about the McGregor’s record breaking escapades in MMA’s premier promotion, an incredulous Mayweather claimed not to have watched the lightweight title fight between the featherweight champion and Eddie Alvarez.
He then claimed it was an insult to compare MMA’s top fighter to Mayweather. Calling him an ‘ant’, while he is an ‘elephant’, Mayweather made it clear that McGregor is a nobody in his eyes.
Now, less than 24 hours later, TMZ Sports caught up with the UFC’s double champion on the streets of New York. Asking ‘The Notorious’ one whether he believes Mayweather really did miss the fight, as he claimed.
McGregor simply replies, “Do you believe him?”
When put to him Mayweather’s ‘ant’ insult, no words were minced in the Dubliner’s response,
“Tell him to say it to my face.”
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A cross-code fight has been touted between the two for almost 12 months now but so far nothing has come from it except dismissals and trash talk between the pair.
It remains unlikely that a fight could be staged between the sports’ top fighters as despite the similarities, boxing and MMA simply have too many differences. Merely setting down rules for the fight would be nearly impossible without one or the other claiming unfair advantages.
For now fans will have to make do with the verbal barbs between the pair and recognise it for what it is, a battle of egos, where one champion’s star is fading in retirement while another’s is on an ever accelerating rise.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena