Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has suggested the popularity of former Crumlin BC amateur and current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor proves racism still exists.
Parallels have been drawn between the pairs approach outside the ring, both can trash talk with the best of them and are expert in selling events.
The comparisons don’t end there however, as both McGregor and Mayweather are the biggest draw in their chosen combat sport.
Mayweather certainly generates more revenue, his mega bout with Manny Pacquaio generated 4.4 million PPV buys, but coming off a stunning 13-second dethroning of former featherweight champ Jose Aldo in early December at UFC 194, the 27-year-old Irishman skyrocketed in popularity.
McGregor is breaking UFC records, his last two fights closing in on 1 million PPV buys, and he there is nothing to suggest if he keeps winning he could reach ‘Money’s’ level over the coming years.
Mayweather claims he isn’t too aware of McGregor, but does suggest his success is a product of racism!
“I don’t really know the McGregor guy, never seen him fight,” Mayweather told FightHype.com recently. “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 talks 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.”
Mayweather also used former boxing champ Laila Ali as an example in comparing her to another massive UFC star, Ronda Rousey.
“After Ronda Rousey fought I think nine, 10, 11 fights, it didn’t even take that long, she got all types of endorsements, movies, and everything,” Mayweather continued. “Laila Ali did the same thing in better fashion. Ronda Rousey, she’s a good-looking woman when she put it on. Laila Ali is a drop-dead gorgeous woman; I mean a naturally beautiful woman and can kick ass, but you never heard [the media] saying when she had I think somewhere around 10, 11, 12 fights that she was the baddest woman to ever fight on the planet.”