Despite his long-tenured boxing dominance and incomparable success, Floyd Mayweather obviously still feels that he doesn’t get the props he deserves.
After rising UCF star Conor McGregor knocked out former featherweight champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December, his fame shot through the roof. McGregor quickly become a overnight legend, especially in the Irish community.
Mayweather downplayed the magnitude of McGregor’s popularity and credited the electrifying baller’s come-up to fact that he’s white in an interview with FightHype.com
"They say he talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I'm cocky and arrogant," Mayweather said. "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."
McGregor saw Floyd's words as nothing more than him cheaply playing the race card. In other words, he saw it as a straight [female dog] move.
McGregor, who didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth and actually collected welfare up until a week before earning a $60,000 "knockout of the night" bonus for his swift finish of Marcus Brimage in his 2013 UFC debut in Sweden, wasn’t having it.
He responded to Floyd in a lengthy Instagram post:
“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 organize 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.
The next move is on Floyd, one of the best counter punchers in history. Was Floyd barking up the wrong tree? Can’t wait to see how this one ends.