Conor McGregor has been branded a “con artist” and “a bum” by Floyd Mayweather after being knocked out by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 as ‘Pretty Boy’ hit out at his ‘racist’ haters. McGregor was put to the canvas of the Octagon in the second round of his rematch with Poirier in Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Sunday morning in what was his first fight in 12 months.
The Irishman said after: “I need activity guys come on. You don’t get away with being inactive in this business and that’s the way it is.”
McGregor had not fought since his 40-second defeat of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone a year previous in Las Vegas.
Before then, he was out of the UFC for two years after losing his lightweight title to Khabib Nurmagomedov in an incident-packed UFC 229 in October 2018.
The unforgettable fight with the Russian also came after a two-year stint outside of the cage with McGregor filling his time with a lucrative crossover bout against the 49-0 Mayweather in August 2017.
The money-spinning fight, which became known as ‘The Money Fight’, saw Mayweather crowned victorious against the two-weight UFC champion when the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round.
McGregor has since been tipped to step back into the boxing ring against the great Manny Pacquiao, who tweeted before ‘The Notorious’ faced Poirier: “Good luck tonight Conor! Let’s make 2021 the best year ever for fight fans.”
Pacquiao, 42, famously lost via decision to Mayweather six years ago and the undefeated American insists nobody wants to see his two former opponents go head-to-head in the squared circle in a social media rant in which he addressed his critics.
“I seen this pot and my take on it is that the world knows Con Artist McLoser can steal everything from me and be loved but I’m hated,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram in response to a post asking why he is criticised but McGregor is not despite the two sharing a similar mentality and character.
“That just lets you all know that racism still exists. Just know, that bum will never be me or be on my level.
“I’m just built different, my mindset is on another planet, my skills are second to none, I’m a natural born winner and yes I talk a lot of trash, but every time I back it up!
“This is what they hate. It’s sad that you can be a poor black kid from the ghetto that has dealt with racism your whole life and work extremely hard to put yourself and your family in a better position, and most of the hate come from my own people.
“Conor can not even win in his own sport, but talking about coming back to boxing to fight Pacquiao.
“Nobody wants to see that, it’s like my leftovers eating leftovers.”
Mayweather also hit out at McGregor last year for his controversial comments during the pre-fight hostilities between the pair which were branded racist.
He said: “When Conor McGregor said disrespectful stuff talking about ‘dance boy’ they called us monkeys, nobody got behind Floyd Mayweather. This is so crazy.
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“When it’s racism amongst blacks it’s called colorist. So it’s racism amongst people right now.
“That’s why every day when I get up I am happy because I did it for myself and for my children. I made sacrifices.”
And the five-weight world champion, who turns 44 years old next month, also all but ruled out the possibility of ever facing McGregor or Pacquiao in rematches.
He said: “I’m a businessman now. I already proved years ago that I was the best – period. Listen, I made more with (Conor) McGregor (when stopping him in 2017).
“My faculties and everything else comes first your health is your wealth. Now Pacquiao fights because he has to. I fight if I want to. So there is the difference.”
McGregor meanwhile said of his plans after losing to Poirier: “Dustin is some fighter. I have to dust it off and come back and that’s what I’ll do.
“I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted… I put the work in. I’m proud of my work.”
While Poirier said: “I’m happy man, but I’m not surprised. I put in the work. The goal was to be technical, pick my shots and not brawl at all. We’re 1-1. Maybe we have to do it again.”