"This is for all the blacks around the world."
We're roughly two weeks away from the much anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, which is going down on Saturday, August 26th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
After a four-stop international press tour last month to kickoff the build up to their bout, both fighters have more or less retreated to their respective corners and focused on their training rather than slinging verbal jabs.
That said, Floyd Mayweather still hasn't forgotten about the comments McGregor made during the press tour, including repeatedly being called "boy."
In an interview at his Vegas gym yesterday afternoon, Floyd recalled some of those remarks with ESPN's Stephen A Smith, and said he's dedicating the upcoming fight to "all the black around the world."
When asked whether the McGregor fight can be compared to the 1982 heavyweight championship match between Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney, which featured a "white versus black" narrative, Floyd said, "it's no different."
"[It's] no different, no different. But this is for a cause," Mayweather said. "This is for the American people. This is for all the blacks around the world.
Mayweather also expanded on exactly what pissed him off about McGregor, and referenced a video clip which shows the UFC champ referring to a group of African-American fighters in "Rocky III" as dancing monkeys.
"I just didn't like when he called us monkeys," Mayweather said. "I think that was totally disrespectful. I didn't like it. It didn't push a button to make me jump out of my character and make me go crazy, but I didn't like it.
"I just thought about all of our different leaders -- Martin Luther King, Malcolm X -- that went on the frontline for me and all of my loved ones. Like I said before, this stuff still goes on. But I'm strong, smart, patient and come Aug. 26, I'm the same person -- strong, smart, patient -- and the same way he called us monkeys, I'm going to see if he says that Aug. 26."