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Floyd Mayweather: Conor McGregor coverage 'biased'

Conor McGregor following his win against José Aldo in December. Picture by John Locher, Associated Press
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RETIRED world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather has suggested Dublin-born UFC fighter Conor McGregor is getting positive media attention because he is white.

Mayweather, who retired undefeated last year, said he had never seen McGregor fight but suggested that racism had played a part in the positive coverage of the mixed martial artist's career.

McGregor became the first Irish UFC champion when he knocked out José Aldo in 13 seconds at a fight in Las Vegas last month.

Mayweather told fighthype.com: "I don't really know the McGregor guy, never seen him fight."

He added: "They say he 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."

McGregor previously said he would "kill" Mayweather in 30 seconds if the pair met in a UFC octagon.

"It would take me less than thirty seconds to wrap around him like a boa constrictor and strangle him," he told Esquire last year.

But the boxing champion dismissed McGregor's claim.

"I don't take that dude seriously. He's just trying to get himself some publicity," he said.

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