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USA: 'I'm half black from the belly button down,' McGregor tells NYC crowd amid racism controversy02:49

USA: 'I'm half black from the belly button down,' McGregor tells NYC crowd amid racism controversy

United States, New York City
July 14, 2017 at 06:05 GMT -00:00 · Published

Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor attempted to highlight his multi-cultural credentials, claiming that he was "half black from the belly button down" during a promotional event alongside US professional boxer Floyd Mayweather in New York City, Thursday. The Irishman’s comments have added to the ongoing controversy surrounding his use of racially-charged remarks ahead of the two boxers’ August 26 showdown.

Reportedly attempting to rein in media criticism for previous racially-provocative comments, including referring to Mayweather as ‘boy’ several times, the UFC lightweight champion McGregor said, "Did they not know I am half black, yeah, I am half black from the belly button down."

He added that he had a present for his "beautiful black female fans," and began grinding.

Mayweather in turn threw dollar bills at his shirtless opponent, who was dressed in pink patterned trousers and a white knee-length coat, referring to McGregor as a “bitch” and calling for officials to "turn the music on for the stripper."

USA: 'I'm half black from the belly button down,' McGregor tells NYC crowd amid racism controversy02:49
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Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor attempted to highlight his multi-cultural credentials, claiming that he was "half black from the belly button down" during a promotional event alongside US professional boxer Floyd Mayweather in New York City, Thursday. The Irishman’s comments have added to the ongoing controversy surrounding his use of racially-charged remarks ahead of the two boxers’ August 26 showdown.

Reportedly attempting to rein in media criticism for previous racially-provocative comments, including referring to Mayweather as ‘boy’ several times, the UFC lightweight champion McGregor said, "Did they not know I am half black, yeah, I am half black from the belly button down."

He added that he had a present for his "beautiful black female fans," and began grinding.

Mayweather in turn threw dollar bills at his shirtless opponent, who was dressed in pink patterned trousers and a white knee-length coat, referring to McGregor as a “bitch” and calling for officials to "turn the music on for the stripper."

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