Floyd Mayweather on Conor McGregor's success: 'People are biased... racism still exists'
Published 04/01/2016 | 12:18
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is claiming "racism still exists" following the success of Ireland's UFC hero Conor McGregor, after suggesting he is only getting 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.
While Mayweather retired from the ring as a legend of the sport last year, he is clearly a little perturbed by McGregor’s status as one of the hottest names in sport heading into 2016 after he offered up these angry comments.
“I don’t really know the McGregor guy, never seen him fight,” he told fighthype.com.
“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.”
McGregor has previously stated that he would “kill” Mayweather if the pair met in a UFC octagon, prompting the boxing champion to suggest the Irishman was “trying to get himself some publicity.”