The verbal sparring between boxers Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather heated up ahead of their August 26th scheduled fight.
While Mayweather was onstage at the Los Angeles Staples Center during their press conference, McGregor yelled a racially loaded comment toward the middleweight champion saying, “Dance for me, boy!”
According to The Washington Post, this isn’t the first time that McGregor has been criticized for throwing racially loaded insults. In 2015, before a match with Brazilian boxer Jose Aldo, McGregor said ” “What I really want to do is turn his favela into a Reebok sweatshop. They work well over there.”
While media critics and fans were outraged over his most recent comment, Floyd took it in stride.
“We all know there’s only 2 types of boys — a white boy and a cowboy — and I’m neither,” he said, according to TMZ.
“Racism still exists but you know, I try to take something negative and turn it into something positive,” Mayweather told the site.
“A lot of people say that Conor McGregor is racist but I’m not worried about that…I just want to stay in my zone and stay focused.”