Floyd Mayweather and Ronda Rousey have had their fair share of verbal sparring matches. However, after Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm during UFC 193, Mayweather has come to her defense.
Mayweather decided to make a statement on Rousey’s behalf after he was accused of telling his friend, 50 Cent, to post a picture on social media that mocked Rousey’s loss to Holm. The picture in question depicted a scene from Rocky IV where Apollo Creed dies after a boxing match, but the person in the photo was changed to Rousey as she laid on the mat after being knocked out. The caption of the photo posted by 50 Cent read, “LMAO FLOYD TOLD ME TO POST THIS, he want me to do the dirty work.”
“I haven’t really spoke to anyone about the Ronda Rousey situation, just to set the record straight,” Mayweather told Fight Hype, following the accusations. “I don’t have anything against MMA fighters. It’s just like boxing; you win some, you lose some. A true champion can take a loss and bounce back.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 17, 2015
Since Rousey’s loss on Sunday, many Ronda Rousey memes have been surfacing on social media. However, despite what others have said, Mayweather said he doesn’t find it cool at all that people are trolling Rousey on the Internet, and he believes she will be able to bounce back from this loss.
“I don’t think it’s cool how everyone is trolling her on social media. Certain things you have to learn. People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it’s nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you, which I don’t think is cool,” Mayweather told the website.
“I’ve never been on the other side, so I don’t know how it feels. I’m pretty sure she’s a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings,” he continued. “Everything happens for a reason. This was already written. Listen, if God says, ‘In Floyd’s career, I don’t want him to lose,’ you know what? I wasn’t going to lose. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t took a loss before. I’m not talking about boxing; I’m just talking about life. When you lose a loved one, that’s taking a loss. I think that everything is just a learning experience. In due time, she’ll be able to bounce back and make some noise again in mixed martial arts.”
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) November 17, 2015
Floyd Mayweather also told Fight Hype‘s Ben Thompson, who passed along the message to Rousey, that he would help her with her boxing skills, according to Bleacher Report.
“I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don’t let this discourage you,” Mayweather said. “If you need help as far as with boxing, I’m here to help you. It’s all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She’ll be okay.”
Earlier this week, Rousey took to social media to thank her fans for their love and support, and promised them that she would be back.
“I just wanted to thank everyone for the love and support,” Rousey wrote on Instagram. “I appreciate the concerns about my health, but I’m fine. As I had mentioned before, I’m going to take a little bit of time, but I’ll be back.”
Prior to her fight against Holly Holm, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey, the UFC fighter from Riverside, California, held a record of 12-0-0 (12 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws), according to the UFC. Her last fight was on August 1 against Bethe Correia at UFC 190. Rousey knocked Correia out in the first round of the scheduled five-round fight.
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