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."
“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
Conor McGregor’s victory at UFC 194 should have been music to the ears of Frank Fertitta III, the co-owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with the Irishman standing alone as last remaining big-name champion in the promotion.