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Conor McGregor responds to Floyd Mayweather: 'Don't ever bring race into my success again'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Conor McGregor has responded to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and this time it's real.

McGregor took umbrage with Mayweather's implication that race has something to do with why McGregor has emerged as one of the most popular fighters in the UFC in a Facebook post Friday.

"Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again," McGregor wrote. "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."

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In an interview with Fight Hype this week. Mayweather took aim at McGregor, whom he said he has never seen fight.

"They say he talks a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I'm cocky and arrogant," Mayweather said. "So biased. Like I said before, all I'm saying is this: I ain't racist at all, but I'm telling you racism still exists."

Mayweather also talked about the popularity of Ronda Rousey compared to Laila Ali in her prime.

"Ronda Rousey, she's a good-looking woman when she put it on," Mayweather said. "Laila Ali is a drop-dead gorgeous woman; I mean a naturally beautiful woman and can kick ass, but you never heard [the media] saying when she had I think somewhere around 10, 11, 12 fights that she was the baddest woman to ever fight on the planet."

McGregor, the UFC's featherweight champion, also challenged Mayweather to a fight. He offered the boxing legend an 80-20 split -- with McGregor getting the greater sum.

"If you want we can organise a fight no problem," wrote McGregor, who will challenge for the UFC lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197 on March 5. "I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue. At 27 years of age, I now hold the key to this game. The game answers to me now."

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