MayGregor was floated in May of 2016. However, in January of 2016, the pair had a little quarrel in the media over race. It began when Mayweather said there is racism in sports, and cited the differing media treatment of Ronda Rousey vs. Laila Ali, and Conor McGregor vs. himself.
“[Conor McGregor] talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant,” said Mayweather. “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 responded by alluding to murder, saying, “There’s people buried in the desert for less than that.”
“Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again,” he continued. “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.”
Mayweather remained cordial in an interview with FightHype.
“Once again, I never said that the guy … Conor McGregor … is that his name? I never said Conor McGregor was… I never had anything against Caucasians, white Americans or white people, period,” said Mayweather. “Or Irish. All I said was this, in this world, racism still exists, but I’m not racist. That’s all I said.”
During last week’s four-day, three-country, four-city MayMac media s*** show, charges of racism again made an appearance.
At stop 1 of the tour in LA, McGregor repeatedly told Mayweather to “Dance for me, boy.” Mayweather had taken the high road in response.
“We all know there’s only two types of boys – a white boy and a cowboy – and I’m neither,” said Mayweather to TMZ Sports. “Racism still exists but you know, I try to take something negative and turn it into something positive. A lot of people say that Conor McGregor is racist but I’m not worried about that.”
McGregor also received widespread criticism for referencing “dancing monkeys” in Rocky III, in response to a question from Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Guillermo Rodriguez.
Then at stop 3 in New York McGregor responded flippantly to concerns over his language.
“Let’s address the race,” said McGregor. “A lot of media is saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely f***ing ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half-black? I’m half-black from the bellybutton down.”
“Here’s a little present for my beautiful black female fans.”
McGregor then began humping the air.
Mayweather was not impressed.
“I think that disrespecting my daughter, disrespecting the mother of my daughter, disrespecting black women, calling black people monkeys, it’s totally disrespectful,” said Money, as transcribed by Lorenzo Reyes for USA Today. “I have a diverse team and when I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said. But we live and we learn, and you don’t say those things once you get to a certain age because it’s all about growth and maturity. But it’s total disrespect. And today, he came out and did it again. You do not disrespect — I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asians, Latina, or Latino — you don’t disrespect people. To get respect, you must give respect.”
McGregor again declined to take the high road, and instead referenced Mayweather’s sordid and extensive history of domestic violence.
“You can be fooled by him if you want to be fooled by him,” said Notorious, as transcribed by Damon Martin for MMA Weekly. “You know the man’s character, you know his history. He’s trying to sway the people in his favor. I think it was a cheap move in my opinion. I was trying to address something in my own little way, but whatever, it is what it is. I had fun out there.
“If he feels disrespected, well he’s an idiot and then f*** him as well.”
McGregor conceded that his hip gyrations didn’t go over the way he had hoped, but said he didn’t mean to offend.
“I tried to get in and it didn’t really hit right, so I’m just going to stay where it is and leave it out,” he said. “I know who I am as a person. I think most realistic people can look and know that themselves. So I don’t got to entertain it. He’s trying to sway something and talk about disrespecting women and all.”
“I don’t go after you and speak on his past and I didn’t speak on his past. I thought if anything it was a dirty play on his [part]. He tried to mention something when we were face-to-face and if you play that it’s a s*** move and you know that.
“It’s done now, it’s wrapped up, let’s get ready to fight.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will box Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017