UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor caught a lot of flack for his racial comments during the New York City portion of his media tour with Floyd Mayweather.
While the fighter admitted that his comments didn’t go over to well, it is his father who has come out to say his son isn’t a racist.
“Conor McGregor is not racist,” Tony McGregor said on The MMA Hour. “This fight is not about race, this fight is about skill and technique. In fact, I don't think any fight is ever about race. The color of skin is immaterial. It’s the victory that Conor is looking for. It's imperative, that’s the only thing I'd say in that.”
McGregor also added to the racism argument by saying that he is half black from the waist down to the NYC crowd.
Tony McGregor says in the end, it is all a fight issue, not a race issue.
“Conor is absolutely, unequivocally not racist,” McGregor said. “It’s not about skin color. No two combatants would ever get into a ring and the issue would be the color of their opposing skin. No, absolutely not. It’s a fight issue, not a race issue.”
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.