Conor McGregor challenged Floyd Mayweather to a fight after the undefeated boxer questioned whether the UFC featherweight champion‘s ascension in the sport and in the media was racially motivated. “Floyd Mayweather, don’t ever bring race into my success again,” McGregor wrote on Instagram Friday. “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 an interview with FightHype.com (via Yahoo Sports), Mayweather admitted that while he’s never seen McGregor spar, many of the traits that have endeared the Irish MMA star to the media are the same qualities used to badmouth “Money.” “I don’t really know the McGregor guy, never seen him fight,” Mayweather said. “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. 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.”
On Friday, McGregor fired back at Mayweather’s comments. “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,” he said, adding, “If you want we can organize a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favor seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.”
Mayweather has not yet responded on social media to McGregor’s offer to organize a fight. This is the second time McGregor has challenged Mayweather to step in the ring: In August, the Irishman bragged that he would “dismantle” Mayweather if the two ever sparred.
In the Instagram post, McGregor also thanked Rolling Stone for naming him as one of the 25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2015. He gloated, “My Mother will be delighted and proud!”