Boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. (pictured) and UFC superstar Ronda Rousey will never fight for real, so let’s just stop with that nonsense. However, verbal sparring through the media is fair game.
Last month when Rousey topped Mayweather to win “Fighter of the Year” honors at ESPN’s ESPY awards, she took a dig at Mayweather for claiming he didn’t know who “he” was when reporters previously asked if he could be Rousey in a fight.
“I can’t help but really say that, I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” Rousey said. “I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.”
Rousey, of course, was referring to Mayweather’s bountiful domestic violence arrests that boxing continues to sweep under the rug.
For the first time since Rousey publicly torched Mayweather, the brash boxer fired back with his best trump card.
“I’ve yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes,” Mayweather said Thursday on ESPN SportsCenter. “When she can do that, then call me.”
Mayweather is fresh off scoring the biggest payday in combat sports history in May’s unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao. While Rousey is the UFC’s biggest mainstream star, who reportedly banks millions through fighting, acting, endorsements, modeling, etc., she’s nowhere near “Money” in the money department.
But, if Rousey chooses to respond, she could always fire off, “I’ve yet to see Mayweather finish someone in 14 seconds. When he can do that, then call me.”
Through 12 professional outings, Rousey has only been taken beyond the first round once and her last three victims have lasted a combined 64 seconds. Mayweather, the king of defense with just enough offense, has posted six straight decisions.
Mayweather did ultimately softened his stance against Rousey and tried his best to take the high road, while spotlighting the fact that he still has more ESPYs than the “Rowdy” one.
“A while back I didn’t know who Ronda Rousey was, so I’m pretty sure she got upset,” Mayweather added. “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.”