Floyd Mayweather Jr. has responded to Conor McGregor’s recent barbs in yet another interview with boxing media outlet FightHype.
The supposedly retired former pound for pound king had raised the ire of the UFC featherweight champion in a previous interview with the same website back in the final days of 2015, when he pointed to the Irishman’s popularity in an attempt to illustrate his belief that racial bias is still prevalent in combat sports, it’s media and among it’s fans.
“I don’t really know the McGregor guy; never seen him fight. I heard his name actually from one of the runners that works for our company; a little kid named Ken Hopkins, he’s a runner and takes care of a lot of the daily business. Whatever we need, he takes care of. He’s a cool little kid, I like him, and he does MMA. He told me about the guy McGregor. They say he talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant. So biased! Like I said before, all I’m saying is this, I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists”.
Unsurprisingly this drew a scything response from “The Notorious” one, which was delivered through social media.
“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”
At the recent UFC 197 press conference, however, certain members of the MMA media seemed determined to coax a further retort from McGregor, and they achieved that goal.
“I think Floyd needs to learn before he opens his mouth , you don’t put a man like me in a position like that,” said McGregor. “Your putting me in a name that’s got to do with prejudice, when you don’t know nothing about me”.
“I know he wasn’t saying that I am that person, but it put me in that bracket and I did not appreciate that one bit. There’s people buried in the desert for less than that”.
These hostile, threatening words appear to have been the catalyst for Mayweather’s re-entry into the fray.
In his latest contribution to the verbal feud “Money May” was a little less belligerent than his MMA counterpart but he remained unapologetic in regard to the comments that instigated this media-aided back and forth.
“I never said Conor McGregor…I didn’t say I had anything against Caucasians…or Irish…all I said is this, in this world, racism still exists…if he got offended, that’s life”.
You can watch the relevant segment of the interview below.