Conor McGregor has the fighting world eating out the palm of his hand right now. His popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years and people who never followed UFC have a vested interest in the Irish fighter.
His combination of trash talking and explosive punching have made him the hottest commodity in the sport and his 13-seond knockout victory over Jose Aldo perfectly captured the euphoria surrounding the 27-year-old.
Recently, in an interview with Fight Hype, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather claimed racism still exists in the sport and compared criticism of his brash personality to praise received by McGregor.
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The former five-division world champion cited the Irishman as just one example of the racism he believes still exists in the sport that made him a multi-millionaire.
But in a post on his Instagram page, 'The Notorious' hit back at 'Money', saying his nation had been oppressed throughout their existence and even challenged the 38-year-old to a fight; offering to give him 80 per cent of the purse, citing the failure in revenue of his final bout with Andre Berto.
McGregor, who holds a 19-2 MMA record, said: "Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.
"In my family's long history of warfare, there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again.
"If you want we can organise a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue."
Here is ESPN First Take's thoughts on Mayweather's quotes
Both men are masters of their craft and a fight between the two would generate hundreds of millions in revenue. Although, it is just a pipe dream. Having earnt $700 million during his career, Mayweather is now enjoying retirement.
As for McGregor, the Featherweight champion is rumoured to be fighting UFC Lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos in his next bout.
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