Ronda Rousey will become the first woman to appear on the cover of Ring Magazine, but not everyone approves. Retired boxer and undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a shot at the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, as she will become the first MMA fighter to grace the cover of “The Bible of Boxing” in its January issue.
“Well, you know, congratulations, but you know the sport is starting to look bad when a female fighter from a whole other sport is on the cover of a boxing book,” Mayweather told FightHype. “You gotta realize this: We all know Oscar De La Hoya owns the Ring Magazine. That shows you, he has no fighters but Canelo. Basically, it’s like he’s trying to steal her from (UFC president) Dana White. Richard Shaefer, he built Golden Boy from the ground up, helped them make tons and tons of money, and what did this guy do?”
It’s not the first time Mayweather has made hostile comments about Rousey.
Mayweather claimed he “didn’t know who he is” when asked about the UFC star this summer. Rousey later took a jab at Mayweather after winning Best Fighter at the 2015 ESPY Awards, asking him how he felt getting “beat by a woman for once” in reference to his domestic violence incidents. She then concluded her acceptance speech by addressing the insult that started it all, saying “I’d like to see you pretend not to know who I am now.”
Rousey’s cover issue is set to hit newsstands Nov. 15, just one day after she takes on former boxer Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. While both fighters are undefeated, Rousey’s last three fights have lasted a grand total of 64 seconds combined.
via Sport News