Following the end of the controversial Mayweather vs. McGregor press tour, Conor McGregor once again clarifies his position on allegations that he intentionally targeted Floyd Mayweather’s ethnicity
The press conference ‘world tour’ ended in London on Friday night, bringing four colorful and extremely animated verbal wars and sensational face-offs to a close.
McGregor, criticized for his use of the word “Boy” in reference to Floyd Mayweather, strongly disputed the intention to cause offense to the legendary boxer and the African-American community (via MMAJunkie):
“[Being accused of racism] that doesn’t sit well with me,” said McGregor, who’s co-promoting the Aug. 26 fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with Mayweather’s promotional company. “I’m very multi-cultural and a very multi-cultured individual, and I don’t have any ill feelings toward any – I don’t even see color. I just wanted to say something and have a little bit of fun with it.
“I just wanted to play with it and address it in my own little way. It’s stupid, and it’s ridiculous is basically what I was getting at.”
“A lot of media is saying I’m against black people,” he told the crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “That’s absolutely (expletive) ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half-black? I’m half-black from the bellybutton down.”
He added: “Here’s a little present for my beautiful black female fans,” and humped the air.
Although the 40-year-old boxer kept his composure while on stage with his 29-year-old future opponent, “Money” did hit out at McGregor’s behavior throughout the four-city press conferences:
“This is an event where two fighters are competing against one another, but saying a lot of racist things like today toward black women,” Mayweather said. “I have two black daughters, a black mother, of course I’m a black man.
“He’s crossing the line, but I can’t really focus on that right now. I’m here to do a job, and my job is to go out there and entertain. But he’s losing a lot of fans by doing that.”
Mayweather and McGregor will square off at the MGM T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Aug. 26.