Conor McGregor is adamant race has no role to play in his fight with Floyd Mayweather on August 26 ahead of what will be a defining night for the Irishman.
The 29 year-old is set to make a whopping nine-figure paycheck this Saturday night, although has widely been disregarded as a challenge for Mayweather.
McGregor makes his boxing debut despite having vast experience as a combatant in his own right and is ready to shut people up come fight night at the T-Mobile Arena.
“What you see with me is what you get. I am the same person on and off the camera. A lot of people like to say I’m not. Obviously there are different moments. You’ll catch me against an opponent, I’m a little different but I portray myself as who I am. So what you see is what you get with me,” said McGregor.
“There have been many articles, many stories, many things written, but it’s been okay I suppose. It’s just I am who I am. I speak the truth for what I believe and people portray that in many ways. So I’m pretty open and what you see is what you get with me.
“How many times have I been slayed by people? It’s give and take here. I get my fair share of hate and my fair share of love also. I believe it’s 50/50. I mean look at every boxing analyst. It’s like I’ve been discarded and it’s like I’m not welcome. I’ve suffered as well, so it is what it is.”
On a potential ‘black versus white’ angle, which has been mentioned on more than one occasion, McGregor added: “For me, this is athlete versus athlete. I was upset that Floyd tried to bring this in. I thought that was a weak move on his part. And he knows and his people truly know that it’s not from me, not that I’m saying that there’s not people on both sides that have this mindset where it’s black versus white and this type of thing.
“But it’s certainly something I do not condone. This is athlete versus athlete and two prime physical condition athletes about to take part in an amazing event and that’s it on my end. So I’m disappointed to hear the way sometimes it’s been portrayed, but I suppose it’s just the nature of the game with the way things are going on in the world at the moment.
“But all I can do is stay focused on my craft and look to go out and put on a great performance for the fans who are supporting this event, as a whole,” he said.