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Floyd Mayweather' in racism rant claiming media attention towards Irish fighter Conor McGregor is 'biased'

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Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Champion: Conor McGregor celebrates after his first-round knockout victory

Champion: Conor McGregor celebrates after his first-round knockout victory

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Conor McGregor wears a three-piece suit to a fans Q&A before the UFC 179 weigh-in at Maracanazinho on October 24, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor wears a three-piece suit to a fans Q&A before the UFC 179 weigh-in at Maracanazinho on October 24, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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Conor McGregor punches Max Holloway in their featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor punches Max Holloway in their featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has claimed racism remains a problem in the sport alleging that media attention around Ireland’s UFC hero Conor McGregor is "biased".

Mayweather was noted for his outspoken statements when he was dominating the boxing world as an undefeated world champion, but he rarely received the kind of popularity McGregor has been attracting in his rapid rise to the top of his sport.

Mayweather retired from the ring as a legend of the sport last year but speaking to FightHype.com told how he feels the positive media attention around McGregor is biased.

He said: "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 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."

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UFC champion Conor McGregor

UFC champion Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor, from Ireland, top, lands punches against Dennis Siver, of Germany, during their featherweight fight at UFC Fight Night, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 in Boston.  McGregor won via 2nd round TKO. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Conor McGregor, from Ireland, top, lands punches against Dennis Siver, of Germany, during their featherweight fight at UFC Fight Night, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 in Boston. McGregor won via 2nd round TKO. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Champion: Conor McGregor celebrates after his first-round knockout victory

Champion: Conor McGregor celebrates after his first-round knockout victory

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Conor McGregor wears a three-piece suit to a fans Q&A before the UFC 179 weigh-in at Maracanazinho on October 24, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor wears a three-piece suit to a fans Q&A before the UFC 179 weigh-in at Maracanazinho on October 24, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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Conor McGregor punches Max Holloway in their featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor punches Max Holloway in their featherweight bout at TD Garden on August 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

UFC champion Conor McGregor

 

“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 has previously stated that he would “kill” Mayweather if the pair met in a UFC octagon, prompting the boxing champion to suggest the Irishman was “trying to get himself some publicity.”

Now it seems as if Mayweather is happy to talk about recently crowned UFC world champion McGregor, with his suggestion that racism is at the heart of the reason why he was not celebrated as a sporting icon by many certain to set tongues wagging.

Source Irish Independent

Irish Independent


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