Exclusive: Mayweather, McGregor and White address racism issue

Joe Hewlett 15/07/2017

Floyd Mayweather lashed out on rival Conor McGregor after claiming he made racist remarks during their world tour.

The rivals, who go toe-to-toe in Las Vegas on August 26, concluded their series of conferences in London.

‘Money’ told World Boxing News at the press conference at SSE Arena: “He totally disrespected black women. Then he spoke disrespectfully to my mother and then spoke disrespectfully to my daughter.

“Racism still exists, but I’m not going to steep that low and speak about his child. I’m glad that he just has a healthy child and has a beautiful family.”

Mayweather would go onto to brand the 29-year-old a “punk,” “faggot,” and a “hoe,” at the promotional later that evening.

Claims of racism broke out during the opening tour pit stops in New York and Toronto when McGregor told the fight-weight world champion: “Dance for me boy, dance,” though Mayweather Sr was quick to defend the Irishman afterwards in LA.

After delighting 10,000 fans in attendance at Wembley, most notably by slapping Mayweather on the head, McGregor took to the media press conference to dismiss any speculation on what Mayweather had implied.

“You can be fooled by (him), if you want to be fooled by him. You know the man’s character and his history. He’s trying to sway people in his favour and it’s a cheap move.

“I was trying to address something in my own little way but whatever, if he feels it’s disrespectful then he’s an idiot and f*** him as well. It’s a dirty play. I think it is ridiculous. I don’t understand it. I know who I am as a person and I think that most realistic people will look at me and know who I am,” ‘The Notorious’ said.

Dana White defended the behaviour of both fighters, insisting it was all part of the needle.

““I think they’ve both had their moments, they’ve both had their moments. It’s funny when people say they’ve taken this thing (over the top).

“These guys are gonna try to knock each other unconscious in about a month and a half. The verbal warfare is a part of the fight, too. But this is a fight — not a croquette game. This is part of the deal.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95