The upcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor took the next step this week when the two men began a massive press tour. Amid the madness of the tandem’s first appearance, McGregor shouted, “Dance for me, boy!” in the direction of Mayweather.
That comment, as you may expect, did not go over well and many believe it was racially motivated. In response, TMZ Sports caught up with Mayweather, who indicated that he wasn’t exactly offended but he is “not worried” about that.
“A lot of people say that Conor McGregor is racist, but I’m not worried about that. It is what it is. He’s entitled to feel how he wants to feel. I just want to stay in my zone and stay focused.”
Later, Mayweather indicated that “We all know there’s only two types of boys. A white boy and a cowboy — and I’m neither.”
This type of back and forth isn’t exactly uncommon between fighters trying to promote a fight but the racial overtones add another layer altogether. Mayweather isn’t usually viewed as a sympathetic figure given his out-of-ring track record but, in this case, McGregor’s comments being seen as racist might lean in that direction.
Regardless, there will be plenty more build-up in advance of the fight on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.