What in the world has gotten into Floyd Mayweather?
Over the last few months, Mayweather has thrown jab after jab after jab at Ronda Rousey. So when Rousey lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193 on Saturday night, we were 100 percent sure that he was going to take another shot at her. And when 50 Cent posted this on Instagram, we all but knew something crazy was coming.
But during an interview with MLive on Sunday night, Mayweather was very matter of fact when he was asked about Rousey’s loss and refused to disrespect her. And during a subsequent interview with Fight Hype that was posted late last night, Mayweather continued to play nice. To start things off, he denied telling 50 to post a Rousey meme and ripped into everyone who has made fun of Rousey on social media in light of her loss.
"I don't think it's cool how everyone is trolling her on social media," he said. "Certain things you have to learn. People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it's nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you, which I don't think is cool. I've never been on the other side, so I don't know how it feels. I'm pretty sure she's a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings."
Mayweather also commended Rousey for turning herself into a superstar, blamed the media for certain aspects of their beef, apologized for claiming that he didn’t know who Rousey was last year, and even offered up some words of encouragement for her.
“I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don’t let this discourage you,” he said. “If you need help as far as with boxing, I’m here to help you. It’s all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She’ll be okay.”
If this was just about anyone else, we would think that Mayweather was using Rousey’s loss to help him improve his image. But he has never been all that concerned about doing that in the past, so it’s strange to hear him being so nice to Rousey. It’ll be interesting to see how she responds to all of this, given some of the things she has said about Mayweather in the past.
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[via Fight Hype]