Last week, UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor claimed that he would “kill Floyd Mayweather in less than 30 seconds” if the two ever fought. McGregor also said that he doesn’t look at Mayweather as a boxing specialist, but that he looks at him as a “rookie in several other areas,” therefore, he’d be able to defeat him without ever breaking a sweat. Most people who are fans of boxing won’t argue the fact that if a boxer — no matter how high-level he is — enters the octagon to take on one of the UFC’s elite, he won’t do very well.
Floyd Mayweather finally responded to Conor McGregor’s statement in an interview with TMZ Sports, and he kept it short. He said that he thinks McGregor is “a joke” and that he’s just trying to get some publicity by mentioning his name.
“I don’t take that dude seriously. He’s just trying to get himself some publicity.”
Conor McGregor isn’t the only UFC guy who has taken shots at Mayweather, as UFC President Dana White said before this past Saturday’s UFC on Fox that every UFC fighter would kill Mayweather, including the women. Much like McGregor, it’s White’s job to promote his brand, so he’ll never admit that one of his fighters — even the low-level ones — would ever lose to boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
In the past, Mayweather has taken shots at the sport of MMA, saying that “it doesn’t take any skill, and all you need to do to become an MMA fighter is get a mohawk and some tattoos.” In the statement, Mayweather was likely taking a stab at UFC Hall of Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. Of course, people who follow MMA know that it takes a lot more than a mohawk and tattoos to be successful in the cage.
It’s almost a guarantee that the trash talk between the UFC and Mayweather will never have a payoff, as Mayweather will likely never step foot inside the octagon, and Conor McGregor will likely never have any desire to make the transition to boxing.
As of right now, Mayweather has something bigger on his hands than Conor McGregor and the rest of the UFC taking shots at him, as he’s getting set to take on the biggest challenge of his professional career, when he goes one-on-one with Manny Pacquiao on May 2.
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