'There are people buried in the desert for less' - McGregor on Mayweather's 'racism' claim
Published 20/01/2016 | 21:12
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has hit back at claims made by undefeated world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather that his meteoric rise to success was proof of 'racism'.
Earlier this month, Mayweather claimed that "racism still exists" following the success of Ireland's UFC hero McGregor, and suggested the Notorious only gets positive attention in the media because he is white.
Mayweather was noted for his outspoken statements when he was dominating the boxing world as an undefeated world champion, but he rarely received the kind of popularity McGregor has been attracting in his rapid rise to the top of his sport.
Responding to Mayweather's claims at a press conference ahead of his lightweight title bout with Rafael Dos Anjos, McGregor said: "I think Floyd need to learn before he opens his mouth. You don't put a man like me in a situation like that.
"You're putting me in a bracket with prejudice when you don't know anything about me.
"I'm a multi-cultural individual, I take from all cultures, look at me.
"I'm a product of many cultures, as a young Irishman.
"I know he wasn't saying that I was 'that' person but it put me in that bracket and I did not appreciate that one bit.
"There are people buried in the desert for less than that. Floyd need to understand before he speaks who he is speaking about. It's as simple as that."