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Conor McGregor made a bad situation worse on Thursday, answering claims that he’s racist by making more controversial comments.

McGregor claimed to be “black from the belly button down” before thrusting his hips for all his “black female fans,” and Floyd Mayweather took offense to the Irishman’s remarks. The 40-year-old reflected on comments he made when he was younger, but made sure to let McGregor know he had crossed a line.

“He disrespected my daughter, disrespected the mother of my daughter, disrespected black women, calling black people monkeys – it’s totally disrespectful,” Mayweather said in his post-event press conference. “When I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said when I was young, but we live, we learn, and you don’t say those things once you get to a certain age because it’s all about growth and maturity. But it’s total disrespect …

“You do not disrespect – I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asian, Latina, or Latino – you don’t disrespect people. To get respect, you must give respect. We live and we learn.. when he get’s older, he’ll probably look back and say ‘I shouldn’t have said that.'”

McGregor, still shirtless, responded to claims of his perceived racism after the event, claiming that his comments were intended to poke fun at how “stupid and ridiculous” he felt the accusation was to begin with.

“It doesn’t really sit well with me,” McGregor told media about accusations that he is racist. “I’m a very multicultural individual. I don’t have any ill feelings towards anyone. I don’t even see color.

“I just wanted to say something and have a bit of fun with it … I just wanted to play with it and address it in my own little way. It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous is basically what I was getting at.”

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Floyd Mayweather appears to have unfinished business with the IRS after all.

The undefeated boxer is facing a $22-million tax lien filed March 6, according to documents obtained by Gilbert Manzano of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“Money” filed a tax court petition for a reprieve on back taxes from 2015 on July 5, citing insufficient liquidity, and reportedly claimed he’d be able to square away the debt in 60 days, by which time he’ll have locked horns with Conor McGregor in a fight expected to net him north of $100 million.

The 40-year-old has also requested a Collection Due Process Hearing, meant for one to explain why their debt can’t be paid or to contest any taxes owed. Such hearings can reportedly take upward of 60 days to book.

Mayweather has since responded to reports of his tax woes by maintaining he paid $26 million in taxes in 2015, a year in which he pocketed $250 million for a superfight with Manny Pacquiao that sold more than 4.5 million pay-per-views.

The pugilist meets McGregor in a 12-round boxing match Aug. 26 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

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Fight fans looking to enjoy the biggest combat sports spectacle of the century from the comfort of their couches are going to have to shell out a pretty penny.

The pay-per-view purchase price for the highly-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been set at $89.95 ($99.95 for the HD broadcast), according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

That matches the pricing that was attached to Mayweather’s blockbuster bout with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, which went on to break PPV records with 4.6 million buys and over $410 million in revenue.

Mayweather and McGregor embark on a four-city tour this week with stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn, and London in advance of their Aug. 26 bout in Las Vegas that is expected to surpass the enormous success of Mayweather-Pacquiao.

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UFC lightweight Nate Diaz is being sued for more than $1 million by former representatives The Ballengee Group in connection with his high-profile rematch with Conor McGregor, according to Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog.com, following an initial report based on court documents acquired by TMZ Sports.

According to the lawsuit, Diaz fired the agency a month prior to the UFC 202 bout, which it had helped negotiate, and failed to pay for services rendered.

The court documents state that Diaz made The Ballengee Group his agent of record in 2014 after it had previously forged a relationship with his brother Nick. The agency says it subsequently helped Nate negotiate bouts with Rafael dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, and McGregor on two occasions.

Nate made a disclosed $2 million for the second McGregor fight – the largest payday of his career – and that appears to be the root of The Ballengee Group’s complaint as it seeks over $1 million in damages.

He’s being sued for breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation, among other claims.

The lightweight has not fought since losing a majority decision to McGregor in their rematch.

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“Iron Mike” had some stiff words for Conor McGregor.

In a clip from an upcoming interview with Sirius XM Sports, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was asked to respond to fellow legend Oscar De La Hoya’s open letter warning that a match between Floyd Mayweather and MMA superstar Conor McGregor would be disastrous for the sport of boxing.

Tyson disagreed with De La Hoya’s assessment, but didn’t exactly give McGregor’s boxing aspirations a ringing endorsement either.

“No, I don’t believe it can ruin boxing at all,” Tyson said, according to Damon Martin of FOX Sports. “Only way it can ruin boxing is if McGregor goes and boxes Floyd because he’s going to look really ridiculous boxing him. But if he goes in there with the UFC stuff, now this could be pretty interesting.”

An MMA match between Mayweather and “The Notorious” appears to be out of the question, so Tyson doubled down on his prediction for the crossover bout that is still mired in negotiations.

“(McGregor) doesn’t win in a boxing match.”

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Proponents of a crossover bout between boxing star Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor will be happy to hear about the latest development.

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has reportedly reserved June 10 for the potential fight, sources told FloCombat’s Duane Finley on Sunday.

It is common practice for arenas to hold dates in anticipation of major potential events regardless of whether they end up occurring, so this doesn’t indicate that either fighter has come to an agreement.

The reported date falls in line with Mayweather’s recent comments that he is officially out of retirement and looking to face McGregor in June. McGregor is currently on hiatus from competition and expected to return after his fiancee gives birth to their first child in May.

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Dana White has made it clear he isn’t a fan of the potential boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, but apparently the UFC president doesn’t intend to stop his most bankable star from earning the biggest payday of his career.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense for my business, but I would never keep Conor from making that kind of money,” White told TMZ, according to Damon Martin of FOX Sports.

“He obviously has a lot of opportunities right now. Tony Ferguson is out there, the Floyd Mayweather thing is out there, we’ll see how this thing plays out.”

The fight between McGregor and Mayweather appears closer than ever – though nothing has been confirmed – with a report that T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been reserved in June for the bout.

McGregor is currently sidelined as he awaits the birth of his first child in late April or early May, but Mayweather has continued to push for the fight to happen sooner rather than later, saying he’s “officially out of retirement” for the Irishman.

“Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said recently. We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this sh-t happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”