Floyd Mayweather and UFC president Dana White go way back.
The boxer took a passive aggressive swipe at White earlier this week, seeming to blame the UFC boss for the public feuding he's had with stars like Ronda Rousey and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
After Mayweather complained of a racist double standard among white and black athletes in combat sports that celebrates a brash star like McGregor, the Irishman fired back at "Money" saying that, "There's people buried in the desert for less than that."
Speaking with the Huffington Post, White was asked if Mayweather has a legitimate gripe.
"I think Floyd's way off there," White said. "I think that Floyd, because he's Floyd, he feels more hate than love. I think what Floyd doesn't realize is that I meet tons of people who hate Floyd and I meet tons of people who love Floyd. Floyd has fans and he has people who dislike him. McGregor has the same thing. Forget about race and all that other stuff. McGregor has a ton of fans and lots of people who don't like him. It's no different."
White pointed to another boxing champion who wasn't universally celebrated during his career.
"Muhammad Ali was fighting at a time when there was real, hardcore racism," said White. "A guy couldn't eat in certain restaurants after he won the gold medal and had to get in the back of the bus and things like that. He was [fighting] during real racism. Look at Ali now. He's loved and adored by millions of people around the world regardless of race. Mike Tyson, the same thing. I would say that people are judged more on their personality than their race. Let's face it, Floyd does things that will not make people like him."
Mayweather was a target of Rousey's over his troubling history of domestic violence. In 2012, Mayweather served two months in a Las Vegas jail for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
"Me and Floyd go back and forth with each other all the time talking smack I guess," said White. "Whatever you want to call it. Floyd is a little delusional sometimes. When Floyd was "Pretty Boy Lloyd" nobody really cared. When he became "Money Mayweather" it created a lot of attention for himself. You're going to have people who love you and people that hate you, whether you're black or white."
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