Undefeated boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. was making the media rounds on Thursday to promote his upcoming title fight against Andre Berto in September (more on that here). That included a visit to ESPN's SportsCenter, where "Money" was asked about UFC women's champ Ronda Rousey.
Specifically, her reference to domestic abuse, something that has dogged Mayweather in the second half of his unblemished boxing career, to the point where he even served jail time (details). His response? The same one he uses for every critic.
"I've yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes. When she can do that, then call me. A while back I didn't know who Ronda Rousey was, so I'm pretty sure she got upset. I want to say congratulations to Ronda Rousey and the UFC. You guys have done a tremendous job and I've won probably six or seven ESPYS for Fighter of the Year. And I truly believe she deserves it. Congratulations to Ronda Rousey."
Mayweather probably spends more at the strip club than Rousey makes per fight.
"Rowdy" -- who beat Mayweather for "Best Fighter" at this year's ESPY awards -- was perturbed because "Money" feigned ignorance when asked about the Olympian's rise through the ranks of mixed martial arts (MMA), calling "her" a "him."
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While the idea of a man fighting a woman in a sanctioned boxing or MMA bout is preposterous, we shouldn't let that stand in the way of another boxing vs. MMA spectacle. But we should probably make sure it doesn't take place at the next pool party.