The back and forth continues.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was asked about Conor McGregor again following the UFC fighter’s historic performance on Saturday, but the boxer claimed he hadn’t even known about the fight. After ignoring comparisons to McGregor for a while, "Money" appears to be growing frustrated with them.
"I didn’t know Conor McGregor was undefeated," Mayweather told TMZ. "I didn’t know that he had a reign in MMA for 20 years undefeated and was world champion in five different weight classes. That’s something I didn’t know. So I guess you guys are telling me something new, because you say he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA. 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 trying to say that he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA — I mean, it’s okay just to say it, but it’s not true."
The hypothetical Mayweather vs. McGregor fight is a tired subject, as the hurdles that would have to be cleared for the fight to get made are most likely too substantial. However, the fact that Mayweather has spent so much time fielding questions about an MMA fighter — something he’s never had to do before — is a strong representation of the changing tide in combat sports.
"I’m a legend, a living legend," Mayweather said. "To the sport of boxing, I gave years and years of hard work. It was blood, sweat, and tears. I had a tremendous team, I had a tremendous run. I think that it’s time for Conor McGregor to go out there and do what he do, but never compare Conor McGregor to me. That’s a total disrespect. Once again, I’m an elephant. An elephant don’t beef with ants. An elephant is so large, he don’t even see ants."
McGregor’s response came a day later, and was short but sweet: "Tell him to say it to my face."