Floyd Mayweather hasn’t forgotten about the racist comments Conor McGregor made during their international press tour last month. In a sit-down with Stephen A. Smith yesterday afternoon, he recalled some of those remarks and said he’s dedicating his upcoming fight to “all the black around the world.”
When asked by Smith whether the buildup to this fight can be compared to the 1982 heavyweight championship match between Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney, which devolved into a narrative of white versus black, Mayweather agreed.
“[It’s] no different, no different. But this is for a cause,” Mayweather said. “This is for the American people. This is for all the blacks around the world.
“This is on a bigger scale because it’s different eras. This era, I call it the Mayweather Era, and in the Mayweather Era, we have social media and computers in this era so it’s a lot different now.”
Mayweather also expanded on exactly what pissed him off about McGregor and referenced a video clip which shows the UFC champ referring to a group of African-American fighters in “Rocky III” as dancing monkeys.
“I just didn’t like when he called us monkeys,” Mayweather said. “I think that was totally disrespectful. I didn’t like it. It didn’t push a button to make me jump out of my character and make me go crazy, but I didn’t like it.
“I just thought about all of our different leaders — Martin Luther King, Malcolm X — that went on the frontline for me and all of my loved ones. Like I said before, this stuff still goes on. But I’m strong, smart, patient and come Aug. 26, I’m the same person — strong, smart, patient — and the same way he called us monkeys, I’m going to see if he says that Aug. 26.”