Earlier this week, Hollywood Unlocked published the first part of a lengthy video/radio interview they did with Floyd Mayweather, and it featured him touching on a bunch of different topics. From talking about his recent fight with Conor McGregor to speaking on the investments he has made that will prevent him from ever going broke, Mayweather kept it light, for the most part.
But Hollywood Unlocked published the second part of their interview with the 50-0 boxer late Wednesday, and the topics that are discussed during it are much heavier than the ones that were in the first part. Over the course of the interview, Mayweather talked about a handful of the beefs he’s had over the years, including those with 50 Cent and T.I. He also touched on Lil Wayne’s recent health scare. But the most noteworthy portion of the interview came when Mayweather was asked about Donald Trump.
If you haven’t kept up with Mayweather’s relationship with Trump in recent months, Mayweather was spotted visiting with Trump a short time after he was elected president last November. Donald Trump Jr. posted a photo of him standing with his father and Mayweather on Twitter.
In January, Mayweather spoke at length with TMZ Sports about why he was planning on attending Trump’s inauguration. At the time, Mayweather said that he was "appreciative" of Trump attending his 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao, and was simply repaying the favor by showing up for his big day. "We judge people that we really don’t know," Mayweather said when asked about Trump. "So I’m not here to say nothing negative about nobody."
And it sounds like Mayweather has kept his connection with Trump going, in spite of the many controversies Trump has caused since taking office. While speaking with Hollywood Unlocked, Mayweather spent more than six minutes talking about Trump and said a number of things that are definitely going to raise some eyebrows. From his opinion of people calling Trump racist to his thoughts on Trump's infamous pussy-grabbing remarks, Mayweather tackled it all—even though he probably would have been better off moving to a different topic.
You can watch Mayweather speak about Trump in the clip at the top, beginning at the 3:45 mark. We have also transcribed a handful of the things Mayweather had to say about Trump, and included time stamps for each of them below.
On why he’s friends with Trump (begins at the 3:45 mark):
"You say 'friends.' You mean, 'communicated with Donald Trump and talked with him on a couple occasions.' A lot of times, just because, if something is going on in this world, in our country, and everybody be like, 'Oh, fuck that, I don’t care about that. I’m not going there.' Somebody has to go there to find out what’s going on so they can come back and relay the message to everybody else. 'This is what’s going on.'"
On attending Trump’s inauguration (begins at the 4:15 mark):
"I just wanted to say I did it one time in my life. It didn’t matter who the president was. I just wanted to go to be a part of it, to see how it is."
On staying in touch with Trump (begins at the 4:50 mark):
"I can call him directly on his phone."
On people who believe Trump is racist (begins at the 5:05 mark):
"I’m not here to tell nobody who they can and they can’t be friends with. I think, within this world, racism still exists. You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president and won. Before that, he was on WWE, he was on different shows, and everybody liked Donald Trump. But as soon as he ran for president…"
On Trump’s infamous pussy-grabbing comments (begins at the 5:35 mark):
"People don’t like the truth... He speak like a real man spoke. Real men speak like, 'Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass. I had to grab that fat ass.' Right? So he talking locker room talk. Locker room talk. 'I’m the man, you know what I’m saying? You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the pussy. And?'"
On whether or not Trump should have been held to a higher standard during his presidential run (begins at the 6:15 mark):
"I feel people shy away from realness. This man didn’t do nothing. Listen, if y’all didn’t want the man in the White House, y’all should have voted the other way. It ain’t like he went and robbed—he done his homework. He did what he had to do and he got there."
On why people should stop complaining about Trump being in office (begins at the 6:40 mark):
"My thing is this: it don’t matter who’s in there. If Trump is in there, Clinton, Barack Obama, it doesn’t matter. That’s not going to stop my drive. The thing is this: too many people are worried about what Trump is doing and what other presidents are doing, instead of worrying about what you’re trying to do and what level you’re trying to get to. See, my thing is I don’t give a fuck about what nobody else doing. I got to worry about what I’m trying to do and where I’m trying to get to. A lot of times, it’s, 'Aw, man, it’s going to affect us.' My man, if you ain’t making 400, 500, $600 million, it’s not going to affect you no fucking way. It’s only going to affect somebody like me. I’m the motherfucker that should be tripping—paying $34 million, $25 million, $26 million [in taxes]. I should be tripping! But guess what I’m saying? 'It’s alright. It is what it is.' One thing we all know that we got to do, one thing we know that’s going to happen for sure, we gonna pay taxes and we gonna die. But while we here, live life to the fullest. Stop worrying about what everybody else doing. How I became successful and how I got to where I got to, I don’t worry about what nobody else say."
On why people should stop protesting Trump (begins at the 8:05 mark):
"At the end of the day, I don’t know why everybody keep bitching and keep picketing and holding [signs]. They walking and walking, protesting, 'We don’t want this to happen.' My man, all that time you spending protesting, you could be at home writing down ideas coming up with a business."
On Trump’s immigration policies and his recent decision to end DACA (begins at the 8:50 mark):
"A lot of times you meet people, people from other countries. You meet people from other countries that be like, 'Oh, I love my country. I love this. I love that.' I say, 'If you love your country so much, why you here? You taking up space for other people. We got some other Americans that would love your job.' But remember, this country will give somebody else from a whole other country that they don’t know shit about a loan before they even give the American citizens a loan. So I don’t know how many illegal people that we have in this country. My thing is this: I’m not saying I’m with [Trump’s decision to end DACA], I’m not saying I’m against it. I love everybody. I love people from all around the world. My thing is this: Floyd Mayweather is not worried about nobody else’s business. I don’t worry about nobody else’s business. A lot of times, we spend too much time talking about and worrying about other people’s business instead of worrying about our own. I got to where I got to—it’s easy, I make millions and millions of dollars on a daily basis—because I focus on Floyd."
It’s probably safe to say that many of these things will not go over well with Mayweather supporters or, frankly, with anyone at all.