WATCH: Floyd Mayweather Responds to McGregor’s Potentially Racist Comments
Boxing veteran Floyd Mayweather has copped a lot of trash talk at the hands of Conor McGregor over the course of their world tour so far. Promoting a boxing super fight between the two combat sports stars, they’ve travelled to Los Angeles, Toronto and New York, with just London, left to visit on the final leg. The UFC lightweight champion is known for having the gift of the gab, verbally annihilating many of his opponents in the lead up to his fights. McGregor was seen to have crossed a line during both press conferences in Los Angeles and Toronto when he said “Dance for me, boy” to Mayweather multiple times. He later revised his comment, perhaps catching himself and seeing that what he had said could be seen as racist, instead of saying “Dance for me, sir.” Now Mayweather has responded to the comments which have so enraged African American fans of both McGregor and Mayweather.
“Racism still exists but you know, I try to take something negative and turn it into a positive,” said Mayweather during an interview with TMZ. McGregor has copped a lot of social media outrage over the past week for his comments during the first press conference in Los Angeles, which he made while Mayweather shadow boxed his way across the stage in front of a packed audience.
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“A lot of people say that Conor McGregor is racist, but I’m not worried about that,” he concluded. McGregor continued to use the phrase during the press conference in Toronto yesterday, despite the amount of fan outrage it had generated. This was in stark contrast to the first time McGregor *definitely* said something racist. Back in 2014 in the lead up to his bout with German kickboxing UFC fighter Dennis Siver, he referred to his opponent in a post on Twitter as a “Nazi”. He later deleted his post and apologised for his words.
“It is what it is. He’s entitled to feel how he wants to feel… I just want to stay in my zone and stay focused,” added Mayweather.
We can only guess how crazy things might get by the time the two athletes make it to London and face off in Wembley Stadium. Many are anticipating a massive turnout of Irish fans keen to support their countryman, and judging from the press conference turnouts, McGregor will certainly be the fan favourite inside the famous UK arena.
Do you think McGregor’s comments were racist, and do you think he’ll continue to stoke the flames as the tour goes on? Check out Mayweather’s response below and let us know in the comments!