Sunday 17 December 2017

'He called black people "monkeys"' - Mayweather accuses McGregor of making racial slurs

Pair continue extreme war of words as world press tour ends in London

Connor McGregor (right) and Floyd Mayweather during the press conference at the SSE Arena, Wembley: Scott Heavey/PA Wire
Connor McGregor (right) and Floyd Mayweather during the press conference at the SSE Arena, Wembley: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Duncan Bech

Floyd Mayweather has accused Conor McGregor of making a series of alleged racial slurs that included insults directed at his family.

Mayweather rounded on his rival at Wembley Arena last night in the final leg of their four-date world tour to promote their boxing bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26.

McGregor is alleged to have made the comments in the early hours of Friday morning during the third stop of the tour in New York.

"I respect every country. Racism still exists. It's all about treating people like you want to be treated. To get respect you must give respect," Mayweather said.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes down'Conor McGregor's name off the ring, as Conor McGregor looks on during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes down'Conor McGregor's name off the ring, as Conor McGregor looks on during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

"He totally disrespected black women. He called black people 'monkeys'. Then he spoke disrespectfully to my mother and he spoke disrespectfully to my daughter.

"I'm not going to stoop that low and speak about his like or speak about his child. I'm glad that he just had a healthy child and he has a beautiful family.

"There are certain levels you don't stoop to and certain levels you just don't go to. I love everybody from all walks of life."

The claims of racism levelled against McGregor first arose during the first legs of the tour in Los Angeles and Toronto when he told Mayweather "dance for me, boy" - a phrase that has racial overtones.

And in trying to diffuse the situation when on stage at the Barclays Centre in New York, the UFC lightweight champion only inflamed it.

"All of the media seem to be saying that I am against black people. But do they not know that I am half black? I'm half-black from the bellybutton down," McGregor said.

On a chat show after the New York event, he then appeared to refer to black people as "dancing monkeys" when discussing the film Rocky III.

MMA superstar McGregor has vowed to dispatch his rival inside four rounds of the contest but, while the money generated is expected to eclipse Mayweather's victory over Manny Pacquiao, its credibility has been questioned.

McGregor, who turned 29 on Friday, has never boxed before at either professional or amateur level and is facing a five-weight multiple world champion regarded as the finest fighter of his generation.

"They call that jealousy. It comes with the territory. This is big for both MMA and the boxing world. This is huge," Mayweather said.

"Every MMA guy is trying to fight a boxer. A fight like this can only happen once in a lifetime. This is a very, very big event.

"It took more than just myself to make this fight happen, but to make a fight of this magnitude happen I had to be involved.

"McGregor is very unorthodox and has youth on his side. He's a warrior and will fight until the end. He has got the same.

"I don't know if he'll quit. I won't quit. My thing is kill or be killed.

"He can fight and he's tough, but he's also an entertainer. I like the fact he's confident and we need more guys like him.

"They say McGregor has brought the vintage Floyd Mayweather back, the vintage Pretty Boy.

"We need more guys like the young Pretty Boy Mayweather, like McGregor, who are aggressive towards each other. That's what we need in combat sports."

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