Former pound-for-pound king in boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. fired back at the current No. 1 fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor denying the accusations that he recently made racist comments and said that his statements were misconstrued by the UFC fighter.
“I didn’t say I had anything against Caucasians or white Americans, or white people, period. Or Irish,” Mayweather said in an interview via Fight Hype.
“All I said was this; in this world, racism still exists. But I’m not racist, that’s all I said. If [McGregor] got offended, you know, that’s life. Some people get offended by certain things people say. Just me, I have tough skin, I’m built for anything.”
When asked if he wonders why people magnify all of his public statements, Mayweather stated that he’s just being himself and that he speaks “from the heart”. Mayweather also went on to brag about his accomplishments in the boxing ring and said he’s waiting for someone to match the success he achieved in his sport.
Mayweather retired from boxing September last year after his final fight against Andre Berto although rumors of a comeback are still alive as the undefeated American returned from retirement when he quit the sport back in 2008.
McGregor and Mayweather started their public spat after Mayweather said in a previous interview there is still lot of racism in the sport of boxing and all of sports and mentioned the case of McGregor, who has grown in popularity in the fight scene.
“They say [McGregor] talks 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,” Mayweather stated in a previous interview.
McGregor did not take kindly the comments about the racism and responded to Mayweather.
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