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Conor McGregor takes shots at Floyd Mayweather, challenges him to a fight

Conor McGregor took exception to Floyd Mayweather saying race has contributed to McGregor's success and perception, and offers to fight him over it.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor heard his name was mentioned in Floyd Mayweather's rant about racism playing a big role in combat sports, and he took some time to fire back at the former pound-for-pound boxing king.

"Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again," McGregor said in an Instagram post.

"I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood.

"In my family's long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death."

These remarks come in response to a FightHype interview with Mayweather last week where he mentioned that he was often questioned about his behavior when McGregor isn't. Here's an except of Mayweather's quote:

"They say [McGregor] talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I'm cocky and arrogant. So biased! Like I said before, all I'm saying is this, I ain't racist at all, but I'm telling you racism still exists," said Mayweather.

Clearly McGregor was offended by Mayweather's characterization, and in turn extended an offer to fight him over it.

"I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue."

"At 27 years of age I now hold the key to this game," McGregor said. "The game answers to me now."

There you have it, more MMA-Boxing feuds that won't lead anywhere.

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