The Mayweather-Rousey feud has just hit a new high less than a day after Ronda Rousey, the women’s bantamweight champion, made fun of Floyd for being “illiterate” and saying she earned “more per second” than the unbeaten welterweight boxer.
Floyd Mayweather decided to escalate things further by issuing a statement that accused Ronda of using his celebrity to make a name for herself.
“Big bank take little bank,” Mayweather said in a statement issued through a member of The Money Team (TMT) to TMZ Sports. “Let’s play and see how much money you got. Last time I checked I was No. 1 on Forbes…. She will never be at my status. Keep trying to get publicity.”
No one is disputing the fact that Mayweather, who made $300 million for his largely disappointing fight with the previously knocked-out Manny Pacquiao, has a lot of money.
He is listed in Forbes as both “The World’s Highest Paid Athlete for 2015” and as No. 1 in the “Celebrity 100” for the same year.
This represents a six-place jump thanks to the Pacquiao fight.
However, Rousey contends that her fighting salary, bonuses, endorsements, and movie roles make her the highest paid MMA athlete (of the men and women) and that for no more time that she puts in the cage while disposing of her opponents, she’s earning “more per second” than Mayweather could ever dream.
Unfortunately, the payoff for fans of the Mayweather-Rousey feud will simply be more talk since it’s unlikely the two will ever square off in a cage or ring.
For one, it’s unlikely that either are interested in fighting each other due to the gender differences. Also, neither Floyd Mayweather nor Ronda Rousey have any need to cross over.
Rousey has conceded that Mayweather would win in a boxing match, but that she could take him and almost anyone else in a MMA contest.
As far as public opinion goes, most of that seems to be on Rousey’s side, especially if you look through the comments to the original TMZ piece.
“Since it’s coming from a man that can’t even read this article, I don’t put too much stock in his ‘status,'” says Kerina Stoner.
“Yeah, of course. It’s hard to be within your status, [Mayweather]. Pick your opponent, referee, location, how much. Your character, wow that’s super s**t, man,” said Reycio Elicerio.
“Yup,” added Daniel Guzman. “Mayweather has the most money for just running and dancing around inside of the ring. This clown is a disgrace to the sport of boxing.”
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