The beef between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor just took another twist.
Two of the most famous faces in combat sports traded verbal blows during 2015 and their simmering rivalry shows no signs of slowing down this year. In a new interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather has said McGregor's popularity is actually evidence that racism is alive and kicking.
McGregor's unbeaten UFC run has seen him rival Floyd as the hottest fighter on the planet and just like boxing's pound-for-pound king, the Irishman has carved a reputation for himself as an arrogant trash talker.
Mayweather has questioned why McGregor is lauded when he displays so many of the same attributes that made Floyd a target:
“I don’t really know the McGregor guy, never seen him fight...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 has said he'd "kill" Mayweather if they fought.
Conor McGregor is on track to become the first UFC fighter to earn $100 million – but the biggest payday of his career would almost certainly be a fantasy match-up between himself and Mayweather.
Don't bank on it ever happening, though.
[via Irish Independent]