A rep for Mayweather said the 49-0 boxer has "nothing against gays or lesbians at all" following the presser where the slur was uttered, which took place in London. At the same time, Mayweather claimed that he directed the word at McGregor after his rival called him a "monkey" off-mic at a press conference earlier in the week.
"There are certain boundaries you just don't cross," he said off the cuff from his gym on Thursday. "In the press tour when I said something toward lesbians or gays when I said something toward him. I apologized, but him calling us monkeys, you have to realize, we went through years and years of up and down. Black Americans went through a lot. But I'm a strong individual. We live and we learn and hopefully after Aug. 26th, he won't be speaking that same language."
This particular apology is at least the second of its kind this week, as he also expressed his regret to Stephen A. Smith earlier. "I spoke on disrespect," he said to Smith. "Like I said before, it’s certain boundaries we just don’t cross. It’s OK if he wants to say certain things. Even in the press tour when I said something, I didn’t want to be negative towards lesbians or gays when I said something to him. So, I apologize."
You can catch the bout between the pair of megalomaniacal fighters Aug. 26.