Despite being the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, Floyd Mayweather seems to have a hard time keeping his name out of the mixed martial arts landscape.
Whether it's a war of words with women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey or getting called out by any number of fighters who promise they could trounce the boxer inside the Octagon, Mayweather is one of the most talked about figures in MMA even if he has no interest in the sport whatsoever.
While mixed martial artists might all have some kind of grudge against Mayweather, he isn't returning the favor, especially when it comes time to respond to the comments about all the different fighters who say they would beat him.
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According to the multi-weight class champion, answering every challenge is just beneath him, but Mayweather promises he doesn't hold any ill will toward anyone fighting in MMA.
"I'm in the $100 million business, not the $100,000 business," Mayweather said about MMA. "I shouldn't even be stooping to certain levels, because it doesn't make any sense. People that's in MMA, I wish them nothing but the best. I don't have anything negative to say about them. The hand I was dealt in life, I was dealt a royal flush and I just have to be thankful and appreciative of the hand I was dealt.
"I don't have anything negative to say about anyone. I wish everyone of them nothing but the best."
Mayweather's history with the sport goes back much further than his recent brush against Rousey when she took a jab at the boxer during her post-fight speech following a win for 'Fighter of the Year' in 2014.
According to Mayweather, he actually worked with UFC president Dana White long before he was the president of the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world.
"I can remember, I think you can go back to the beginning, to day one of my career, my first fight -- my uncle Jeff Mayweather and I, that's when Dana White used to work for us, he used to be with us. When nobody else knew who Dana White was, before when he was a little square white guy, before he cut all his hair off and became a tough guy in the MMA," Mayweather said.
"He used to run around with me and nobody would wear his patch and I said I would do it for free, showed him love and I'm proud of him. I'm proud of how far he has come."
No matter how many compliments Mayweather bestows upon MMA, there's one inescapable question that always seems to come up when he starts talking about the sport, and it's probably the most laughable one of all.
Would Mayweather actually fight Rousey if the opportunity arose?
"You're a comedian," Mayweather said with a sly smile.
Thankfully, he finds that question just as absurd as anyone should when it comes to matching the two combat sports superstars together in an actual fight.