Despite the fact that she has spent the last several months bashing him publicly, Floyd Mayweather has come to the defence of Ronda Rousey in the aftermath of her devastating loss to Holly Holm.
Initially, many websites were reporting that Mayweather had taken the opportunity to fire a shot at the downed ex-champion. Those reports came from the fact that rapper 50-cent was claiming that Floyd had instructed him to post the following picture to Instagram.
In an interview with FightHype, however, boxing’s former pound for pound king strongly denied this.
“That’s not true at all. I haven’t really spoke to anyone about the Ronda Rousey situation, just to set the record straight. I don’t have anything against MMA fighters. It’s just like boxing; you win some, you lose some. A true champion can take a loss and bounce back”.
Mayweather even expressed his disappointment in those who were attacking the “Rowdy” one online, although he didn’t seem surprised that she was encountering such a reaction. The fighter, after all, has been in the spotlight for many years and understands the fickle nature of public opinion.
“I don’t think it’s cool how everyone is trolling her on social media. Certain things you have to learn. People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it’s nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you, which I don’t think is cool. I’ve never been on the other side, so I don’t know how it feels. I’m pretty sure she’s a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings”.
“Everything happens for a reason. This was already written. Listen, if God says, ‘In Floyd’s career, I don’t want him to lose,’ you know what? I wasn’t going to lose. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t took a loss before. I’m not talking about boxing; I’m just talking about life. When you lose a loved one, that’s taking a loss. I think that everything is just a learning experience.
The supposedly retired boxer added some words of faith and encouragement for Rousey in her darkest hour.
“In due time, she’ll be able to bounce back and make some noise again in mixed martial arts”.