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Floyd Mayweather apologizes for calling Conor McGregor homophobic slur on promotional tour

Floyd Mayweather addresses the homophobic slur he hurled at Conor McGregor on Thursday at a media workout.
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LAS VEGAS — In talking about some things Conor McGregor might have said to cross the line on the recent promotional tour, Floyd Mayweather brought up something he said himself.

Mayweather said he was sorry for the “negative” comment about homosexuals during the London stop of the MayMac World Tour during a press conference Thursday at Mayweather’s media workout day here at his gym.

Mayweather called Conor McGregor a “f*ggot” during their on-stage verbal exchange last month.

“I spoke on disrespect,” Mayweather said of a recent ESPN interview he did with Stephen A. Smith. “Like I said before, it’s certain boundaries we just don’t cross. It’s OK if he wants to say certain things. Even in the press tour when I said something, I didn’t want to be negative towards lesbians or gays when I said something to him. So, I apologize.”

On the London tour stop, Mayweather said of McGregor: “Yeah, we’re going to talk about this p*ssy. You punk, you f*ggot, you ho.”

In that interview with ESPN on Tuesday, Mayweather addressed once again what he felt were racially inappropriate things said by McGregor during the tour. McGregor told Mayweather to dance for him, calling him “boy” twice. In New York, McGregor said on stage that he could not possibly be racist, because he’s half black — “from the belly button down.” He then did a gyrating, hip-thrusting dance for his “beautiful black female fans.”

The most controversial moment occurred in an interview with “Jimmy Kimmel Live” when McGregor asked if Rocky 3 was the film with “the dancing monkeys in the gym.” Many believe McGregor was referring to a scene in which Rocky Balboa was in an all-African American gym in he movie, though it’s unclear. McGregor has yet to address exactly what he meant.

“But calling us monkeys, you’ve gotta realize we went through years and years of just up and down,” Mayweather said. “The black America has went through a lot. But I’m a strong individual, we live and we learn and hopefully after Aug. 26 he won’t be speaking that same language.”

Mayweather was even stronger in the interview with ESPN on Tuesday. He said the fight with McGregor was for a “cause” and for “all the blacks around the world.”

“I just thought about all our different leaders,” Mayweather said of when he heard McGregor’s words. “Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. They went on the front line for me and my family and all my loved ones. Like I said before, this stuff still goes on. But I’m strong, I’m smart, patient. And come Aug. 26, I’ll be the same person — smart, strong, patient.”

On the London stop of the tour, McGregor admitted trying to make light of the racial issue “didn’t really hit right” on stage in New York.

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