UFC fighter Conor McGregor suffered a news-worthy, meme-making loss to Dustin Poirier on Saturday night at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather took time this weekend to share some of his thoughts on one of his former adversaries.
Following the bout, Mayweather was tagged in an Instagram post questioning why the former champion was “hated for the way he carries himself” but McGregor is “loved for the same way he carries himself.” Both men are known to be brash and use boastful taunts to try and psych out their opponent.
Mayweather wrote on IG:
I seen this post and my take on it is that the world knows Con Artist McLoser can steal everything from me and be loved but I’m hated. That just lets you all know that racism still exist. Just know, that bum will never be me or be on my level. I’m just built different, my mindset is on another planet, my skills are second to none, I’m a natural born winner and yes I talk a lot of trash, but every time I back it up! This is what they hate. It’s sad that you can be a poor black kid from the ghetto that has dealt with racism your whole life and work extremely hard to put yourself and your family in a better position, and most of the hate come from my own people. Connor cannot even win in his own sport, but talking about coming back to boxing to fight Pacquiao. Nobody wants to see that, it’s like my leftovers eating leftovers.
In 2017, McGregor and Mayweather stood across from each other in a heavily-promoted professional boxing match. Mayweather extended his undefeated streak by defeating McGregor in the 10th round by TKO. They both reportedly received 9-figure payouts for the fight.
The promotional campaign for Mayweather vs McGregor included accusations of the Caucasian mixed martial artist using coded racist language. In particular, McGregor was criticized for telling Mayweather, “Dance for me, boy.” Those comments were seen by some as a reference to how African-Americans were spoken to by white men during slavery and the Jim Crow era.