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Tom Brady and Floyd Mayweather are great friends. At least, that’s what Mayweather would lead you to believe. During an interview with ESPN in the days leading up to his fight with Conor McGregor, Mayweather called Brady a "very, very close friend." He also revealed that Brady texted him prior to the McGregor fight to see how everything was going with him.
It sounds like Brady see things a lot differently, though. On Monday morning, he made his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan to talk about everything that’s going on with him and the Patriots. And while Brady spent the majority of the interview talking about the season-ending ACL injury his teammate Julian Edelman suffered during a preseason game over the weekend, he also touched on his friendship, or lack thereof, with Mayweather when he was asked about it. And things got… awkward. Very awkward.
You can listen to Brady responding to the comments Mayweather made last week at the 12-minute mark of the interview.
We’ve also transcribed the Mayweather portion of the interview below—with all of Brady’s lengthy pauses included—just to give you a sense of how weird this got for everyone involved.
HOST 1: We spent some time on this at the end of last week based on a comment Mayweather made to [ESPN’s] Sal Paolantonio, and obviously there was a fight this weekend. Mayweather said that the two of you were "very close friends." Would you say that’s an accurate representation of your relationship?
BRADY: [five second pause] Uh, no, I mean, I’ve met him a couple times. I think he’s a great fighter. That was a great fight the other night.
HOST 1: Did you watch? Did you order it? Did you pay for it?
BRADY: No, I saw it the next morning. I had a friend’s wedding I was at. It was a fun night for me. I had a lot of my friends in town, and one of my great friends got married. So it was a fun night.
HOST 1: And were you and your friends, your guys, rooting for Mayweather?
BRADY: [three second pause] I was at a wedding.
HOST 1: I know, but were you hoping? I mean, I was just saying at the break, I don’t find either guy very likable. I was watching it saying…
HOST 2: But that’s what I said last week. I said, "I can’t imagine that Brady"—I’ve met you one or two times—but in our days with you, you seem like a good guy. I mean, you must know about Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. I can’t imagine you would be friends with a guy like this.
BRADY: [four second pause] Uh…[four second pause]. Yeah. I’ve met him a couple times. Like I said, I think he’s a great fighter.
HOST 1: Yeah. [four second pause] And you FaceTime with him. He made sure everyone saw or heard about that. Did you just wish him luck or want to wish him luck?
BRADY: [eight second pause] I’m not sure where we’re going with this.
HOST 1: Well, my thing, I just, a guy was on ESPN—it was all over the place last week—if somebody like that said I was really good friends with him, I would want to respond and say, "No, I’m not." You did. That’s all. I just wanted to get your side of it. They played it five million times on ESPN. I didn’t think it was—if you’re legitimately not friends with a guy, I don’t think it’s fair to not give you a chance to respond to it.
BRADY: [three second pause] Yeah, I said I met him a couple times.
HOST 1: Right. Yeah, I understand. OK, that’s fine.
Brady seemed to be trying to do his best to distance himself from Mayweather without taking any shots at him. But if you read between the lines, it's not hard to hear what he was attempting to say.