Mayweather Congratulates Rousey, Then Immediately Takes A Punch

by
Indrani Sengupta
The Floyd Mayweather and Ronda Rousey may never share a ring together, but that doesn't mean they won't keep punching. Who do you think is going to win this war of words?

So she beat him out at the ESPYS for the Fighter of the Year award. But that doesn’t mean Mayweather’s throwing in any towels.

This past Thursday, while hanging out on ESPN’s Sportscenter, five-division world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather acknowledged that he finally knew who Ronda Rousey was. And he was happy for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Really.  

 “A while back I didn’t know who Ronda Rousey was, so I’m pretty sure she got upset. I want to say congratulations to Ronda Rousey and the UFC. “

But a boxer doesn’t hold back the punches just because he’s out of the ring. Likewise, Mayweather wasted no time taking a swipe at Rousey. In fact, he didn’t even pause for breath between compliment and humblebrag.

“[Rousey and the UFC] 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.”

Translation: Rousey totally deserves the win. I should know, since I’ve won more ESPYS than I can remember. 

[It was six, dude.] 

But that was just a warm-up for the real slam.

"I've yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes. When she can do that, then call me."

Ooh, burn.

But is Mayweather’s bravado justified, or is he just trying to nurse his hurt pride? After all, Rousey did take the first hit, earlier this year, after winning the ESPY.

“I wonder how Floyd feels being beaten by a woman for once.”

 “I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now.”

Yikes. Talk about a KO.  

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