The super-fight between five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC king Conor McGregor is no stranger to a backlash from the boxing fraternity.
The encounter will headline at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas strip in Paradise, Nevada and looks on course to break all Box-Office records.
At a recent press conference in London, ‘Money’ Mayweather was unfazed by the negativity and responded to one of two WBN questions:
“You know, I call it jealousy, it’s part of the territory, (they’re) upset. I mean this is so big for both MMA and the boxing world, this huge as you guys can see now,” Mayweather exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Every MMA guy is trying to fight a boxer, I mean a fight like this can only happen once in a lifetime, this is a very big event.
“I have to take my hat off to Conor McGregor and Dana White because it takes more than just myself to make this happen but to make a fight of this magnitude I had to make it happen.”
The four city, four day world tour witnessed the pair promote the PPV fight around L.A, Toronto and New York before concluding at the SSE Arena.
‘TBE’ and the ‘Notorious’ had both been eager to score the first psychological blow and if their taunts could be described as metaphors for the ring, both would have been docked a point for landing low blows.
The fight has been slammed by the critics with many lashing out for their ‘WWE’ type conduct. However, Floyd believes the clowning around will now be over as the fighters prepare for Vegas in six weeks time.
“Whether I’m aggressive or calm, one thing I can do is fight so it really doesn’t matter. One thing the world knows is Floyd Mayweather can fight when it’s all set and done.
“I can fight,” he repeated.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95