Conor McGregor is under two weeks away from the biggest fight (and payday) of his career against the 49-0 Floyd Mayweather, but claims of racism are shrouding the event.
The Irishman was asked who would win between himself and Sylvester Stallone's title character in Rocky III.
McGregor responded: "Rocky III, that's the one where he had that celebrity gym isn't it? With the dancing monkeys in the gym and all."
Many believed that The Notorious One was referring to scene in the movie where Rocky walks into a gym full of black fighters and that 'monkey' was a racial slur to them.
Mayweather himself hit out at McGregor a few weeks ago, saying: "I don't like the fact that he called blacks monkeys, I think that's totally disrespectful," Mayweather said.
"But it's all about maturity, it's all about growth and, mentally, he still can be young so my thing is to go out there and do my job. That's to go out there and fight, not to really worry about racism. But racism still exists. But we have to try and get past that and be positive."
However, speaking to Ariel Helwani, McGregor furiously denied the allegations before taking a huge dig at his pending opponent.
“First of all, I never labeled him a monkey, or any African American, or anyone a monkey,” McGregor said. “I would never disrespect any race like that. And his people know that. And you know what, he knows that, too. He knows that deep down, too.”
“If I was to label him after any animal, it would be the rat. I wouldn’t even label him after the great ape. He is a f—ng rat. And a weasel, because that’s what a rat and a weasel do, try to manipulate words, and create something that’s not there.”
But McGregor was not done.
“It’s a weak move on his part to try and even instigate something, and something so sensitive,” McGregor said. “But that’s the individual he is. He’s a man who beats his wife in front of his kid. What can I say?”
Things are getting tasty ahead of the spectacle in Las Vegas on August 27!
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