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Floyd Mayweather: Conor McGregor has to carry himself ‘in a classy way’

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Esther Lin, Showtime Sports

Floyd Mayweather knows a thing or two about being a famous fighter, and he had some words of advice for Conor McGregor.

At a Showtime Championship Boxing event in Las Vegas on Saturday, the retired pugilist gave an interview to reporter Jim Gray and he was inevitably asked for his thoughts on McGregor’s recent romp at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “The Notorious” made a surprise appearance backstage after a media event to promote UFC 223 and proceeded to assault a bus carrying his nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Accompanied by a gang of associates, McGregor caused a major scene, with his most egregious offense occurring when he shattered a bus window with a dolly. The attack resulted in UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg suffering injuries that removed them from their respective bouts on Saturday’s UFC 223 card.

McGregor fled the scene, but later turned himself into authorities. He was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief, with his next hearing scheduled for June 14.

Mayweather believes that McGregor, as the UFC’s biggest star, needs to improve his behavior.

“I feel that when you have reached such high status you have to carry yourself in a classy way,” Mayweather told Gray. “Outside the ring you have to carry yourself as a gentleman.”

The 41-year-old Mayweather has had his own problems with the law in the past, most recently spending 90 days in jail for a battery charge involving an ex-girlfriend.

Since Mayweather became involved in a feud with McGregor that culminated in a blockbuster boxing match last August, the two have remained in each other’s orbit and there have been talks of Mayweather possibly trying his hand at MMA and rematching McGregor in the UFC.

Currently, Mayweather considers himself to be retired, but if he does compete again it will have to be a new challenge, as he emphatically stated that “he would not box again.”

“Retirement has been great but as you know and everyone knows, I go in retirement and I come back,” Mayweather added. “It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon.”

He also emphasized that any return would have to involve his partners at Showtime Sports and CBS and that he’s definitely interested in fighting again if the money is right, but UFC president Dana White said during the UFC 223 post-fight press conference this would be a dealbreaker.

As recently as a few weeks ago, Mayweather pegged the odds at “50-50” that he would compete in the UFC before the end of 2018 and on Saturday he went as far as to mention what weight class he would fight in.

“When I do go to the Octagon, I look forward to going to 145 (pounds),” Mayweather said.