Former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. looked bemused this week when a TMZ Sports video interviewer attempted to compare UFC figurehead Conor McGregor to him.
The 39 year-old, who is currently being linked to a May 2017 rematch with Manny Pacquiao, reeled off several reasons why McGregor cannot be mentioned in his same breath – as Mayweather listed some of his own career achievements.
“I didn’t know Conor McGregor was undefeated. I didn’t know he reigned for 20 years and was world champion in five different weight classes,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports.
“I mean if you’re saying he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA, I’m trying to find out. Have you ever made $300 million in one night? Have you ever made $100 million in one night? Have you ever made $70 million in one night?
“So as far as you wanna say he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA … I mean, I mean it’s okay to just say it, it’s not true.”
Mayweather then went further, stating the comparison was an insult to him.
“I’m a living legend. To the sport of boxing I gave years and years of hard work. It was blood sweat and tears. I had a tremendous team and a tremendous run but I think it’s time for Conor McGregor to go out there and do what he do – but never compare Conor McGregor to me. It’s a total disrespect.
“I’m an elephant. An elephant is so large it don’t even see ants,” he added.
Earlier this year, Mayweather and MMA star McGregor teased the public with the possibility of a crossover fight, whilst the big-hitting Irishman recently claimed a defining victory by winning UFC titles in different weight classes simultaneously.
As talk of a McGregor fight has died down, Mayweather, currently sitting on 49-0, attended Pacquiao’s victory over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas, leading to instant speculation the ‘Money’ man is about to break his retirement for a 50th career contest.
Should Mayweather v Pacquiao II go ahead, the pair can expect to generate at least $250 million from a rematch.