Controversial Irish UFC superstar raises the mega-fight stakes again in explosive interview with MMA Fighting
CONOR McGREGOR’s war of words with Floyd Mayweather escalated after the Irishman labelled his opponent “a man who beats his wife in front of his kids”.
Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in prison in 2012 when his former partner Josie Harris claimed she was punched and kicked by the American boxer.
And McGregor seized the chance to highlight the issue again – along with accusing Mayweather of creating a race storm in an explosive interview with MMA Fighting.
His comments came ahead of the August 26 cross/combat showdown in Las Vegas.
UFC star McGregor’s “dancing monkey” comment caused uproar within the Mayweather camp, but the Irishman said the quote was taken out of context.
The 29-year-old said he was referring to the circus in Mayweather’s gym and he would “not disrespect any race like that”.
But McGregor added: “”If I was to label him as any animal, it would be the rat.
“I wouldn’t even label him after the great ape, he is a f****** rat and a weasel, because that’s what a rat and a weasel does, tries to manipulate words and create something that’s not there.
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“It’s a weak move on his part to even try to instigate something, and something so sensitive.
“But that’s the individual he is, he’s a man who beats his wife in front of his kids, all I can say is – I never spoke them things.”
Never one to let a subject go, McGregor last month taunted Mayweather over the domestic abuse surrounding Harris by wearing a CJ Watson basketball jersey.
The boxer was charged after NBA player CJ Watson allegedly slept with Harris.
Mayweather was also ordered to complete 100-hours of community service and attend a 12-month domestic violence program, on top of paying a £2,000 fine.
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The jersey worn by McGregor bore the No 23 worn by Watson between 2008 and 2010.
McGregor last month taunted Mayweather over the domestic abuse by wearing a CJ Watson basketball jersey.
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