There’s been a lot of trash talk ahead of the eagerly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.
During the final leg of their four-date world tour to promote their boxing bout, Mayweather Jr. accused McGregor of making racist comments and insulting his family.
“I respect every country. Racism still exists. It’s all about treating people like you want to be treated. To get respect you must give respect,” Mayweather said.
“He totally disrespected black women. He called black people monkeys. Then he spoke disrespectfully to my mother and he spoke disrespectfully to my daughter.
“I’m not going to stoop that low and speak about his like or speak about his child. I’m glad that he just had a healthy child and he has a beautiful family.
“There are certain levels you don’t stoop to and certain levels you just don’t go to. I love everybody from all walks of life.”
The racist accusations began when McGregor told Mayweather to “dance for me, boy.”
“All of the media seem to be saying that I am against black people,” the MMA fighter said in an attempt to respond to the allegations. “But do they not know that I am half black? I’m half-black from the bellybutton down.”
While many have described the bout as a farce, Mayweather is adamant that it is an iconic event for both sports.
“They call that jealousy. It comes with the territory. This is big for both MMA and the boxing world. This is huge,” Mayweather said.
“Every MMA guy is trying to fight a boxer. A fight like this can only happen once in a lifetime. This is a very, very big event.
“It took more than just myself to make this fight happen, but to make a fight of this magnitude happen I had to be involved.
“McGregor is very unorthodox and has youth on his side. He’s a warrior and will fight until the end. He has got the same.
“I don’t know if he’ll quit. I won’t quit. My thing is kill or be killed.
“He can fight and he’s tough, but he’s also an entertainer. I like the fact he’s confident and we need more guys like him.
“They say McGregor has brought the vintage Floyd Mayweather back, the vintage Pretty Boy.
“We need more guys like the young Pretty Boy Mayweather, like McGregor, who are aggressive towards each other. That’s what we need in combat sports.”