Floyd Mayweather Jr. Says Racism In Combat Sports Has Helped Fighters Like Conor McGregor Achieve Success. The UFC Champion Responds By Challenging Him To A Fight (Audio)

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During an interview with Fighthype, Floyd Mayweather Jr., talked about the double standard he believes that exists in combat sports when it comes to race.

He cited the example of the media calling out Bernard Hopkins when he fought as a 160 pound middleweight and challenged smaller boxers like Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad to fight him.

Mayweather feels like Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, who is the IBF and WBA middleweight champion, is currently doing the same thing, but not receiving the same criticism because of the racism that still exists in boxing.

He also brought up the fact that Andre Ward is ranked No. 4 by Ring Magazine even though he's undefeated.

The retired champion later brought up the rapid ascension of UFC fighters Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.

"Ronda Rousey, you know, I think she fought somewhere like 11 or 12 fights, which is not a bad thing. Laila Ali went undefeated and was dominating too. After Ronda Rousey fought I think 9, 10, 11 fights, it didn't even take that long, she got all types of endorsements, movies and everything," Mayweather said. "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 a**, but you never heard them [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. And what's so crazy, I don't really know the McGregor guy; never seen him fight. 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 responded with a lengthy post on his Facebook page.

"Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again. 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," McGregor wrote. "In my family's long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again. If you want we can organize a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favor seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue. At 27 years of age I now hold the key to this game. The game answers to me now."

What do you think about Mayweather's comments on racism in combat sports and McGregor's angry reply?

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Comment by dave on January 16, 2016 at 9:52pm
Conor would beat the breaks off Floyd and it would take about 6 seconds for him to be unconscious.
Comment by m@! on January 11, 2016 at 2:38pm
McGregor's response is awesome
Comment by Acetv313 on January 11, 2016 at 5:54am
Lmao @smp
Comment by SMP on January 10, 2016 at 11:15am
lmao all you lames a-ss white boys getting mad whenever someone brings up the white privilege eat some di-cks you fa-ggots lol
Comment by united-gs on January 10, 2016 at 8:39am
Crunchboy, you are indeed nothing but a boy, you have no comprehension, therefore i will never reply to one of your imbecility again
Comment by Bongo Jones on January 10, 2016 at 12:08am
Canadian Black people need to stop getting gassed up by american media. You DONT have it like american black people have it and you CANT complain about the same issues as if they are an epidemic. Americans, whatever, it seems pretty f***** up down there but I know for a fact that being black is no barrier in Canada.
Comment by Chris king on January 9, 2016 at 10:49pm
Response to : @MASTER : ''Hard to explain white privledge to all white people.. Fact!!'' Nowadays my dude ''at least in the U.S and CAN'' those so called privileges are almost non existent BOTH WAYS. Governments now have regulations concerning ALL minorities when it comes to most life situations, like employement as an exemple... big companies ''either Federal or corporations'' have to employ ''X amount'' of minorities before employing ''X amount'' of Native white ppl. Those laws are pretty equal with corporations but when it comes to Federal or Government jobs white ppl are the ones who are neglected , I'm from CAN and used to work for Canada Post back then and they had to employ 3 blacks,2 asians,2 arabs before they could employ a white person. Where is my ''so called privilege in there'' ??
I'm white and I'm far from being racist at all, I have lots of friends and loved ones from many different cultures, I'd be the first one to step up and knock the f out anybody who would dare to call a black person a ''N word'' in front of me, but I'm sick of earing that same old BS about how hard it is to be black in 2016, just like i'm sick and dissgusted to share the same race with that minority of white ppl who are still acting like kkk, to get back to the main story If McGregor didnt publicly said any racist comments, then maywheater is the racist fu** to start that bs in the first place
Comment by ALEC amittu on January 9, 2016 at 10:16pm
F*** your self racist people no racist allowed stay home racist f****
Comment by King Foley on January 9, 2016 at 8:50pm
Nobody has facts to back up any of their arguments. Just made up s*** to prove your opinion. Whatever i dont even care. They both rich.
Comment by F***THEWORLD on January 9, 2016 at 8:29pm
Not to mention May bought the refs and Judges. With the Vegas boxing Commission.

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