To say former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) and boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather aren’t BFFs would be an understatement. Silva claims Mayweather shows nobody any respect, which may or may not be true, and talks too much, which very well could be dead-on accurate.
Their feud started when Mayweather took offense to combat sports pundits claiming Silva was the planet’s best fighter because of his dominance in MMA. Prior to getting upset by Chris Weidman in July, Silva had sat atop the UFC’s 185-pound throne since 2006 en route to becoming the promotion’s most decorated champion.
“Money” claimed Silva’s decent run didn’t hold a candle to his extended 17-year undefeated stretch.
However, after cashing in his $41.5 million paycheck, which could easily balloon to $100 million once his pay-per-view check comes in the mail, for beating Canelo Alvarez earlier this month in one of the biggest boxing matches in history, Mayweather has put his beef with “The Spider” in his rear-view mirror.
“I pray for him. He’s okay,” Mayweather said of Silva while appearing as a guest on Sway’s Universe. “I don’t have nothing negative to say about the guy Anderson Silva.
“I’ve seen some highlights on him. I don’t know him personally, but I’ve seen highlights of him fight, and hopefully he can bounce back. I heard he just took a L, so hopefully he can bounce back from that loss.”
Silva looks to reclaim his crown from Weidman December 28 at UFC 168. While his payday will be a fraction of what Mayweather scored for schooling Canelo, Silva is expected to pocket one of MMA’s biggest checks for participating in the most anticipated rematch in UFC history.