"I'm trying to remember which one was Rocky III. Was that the one in the celebrity gym? I can't remember if that's the one with the dancing monkeys or not," McGregor said.
This comment did not sit well with Mayweather, 40. He took the reference to be a racially-motivated remark.
"I just didn't like when he called us monkeys," Mayweather said of McGregor while speaking with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. "I think that
While it remains unclear what the 29-year-old meant while discussing Rocky III on Jimmy Kimmel Live, some on social media believed that the comment was a reference to a scene in which a number of black boxers were seen training in a gym. McGregor has denied the claim that he made controversial remarks, but his next opponent, Mayweather, found them offensive.
"I just thought about all our different leaders," Mayweather said. "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. And the same way he called us monkeys, we're gonna see if he says that Aug. 26."
Going into the fight, Mayweather said that McGregor's comments haven't changed his training regimen.
"No different," Mayweather said. "But this is
This isn't the first time that McGregor has angered social media with his taunts. Last month, Mayweather's