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When UFC lightweight Bobby Green cut a profanity-laced Instagram video calling out retired boxing champ Floyd Mayweather last month, it came off as another MMA fighter trying to talk his way into a “red panty night.”
Green (24-8-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) professes it’s not just about the money. His issue with Mayweather (50-0 boxing) stems from personal experience and a disdain for the retired champ’s recent overtures toward MMA.
“I feel like Mayweather is playing with us, like trolling,” Green, who’s set to meet Clay Guida at UFC 225, told MMAjunkie Radio. “Don’t troll my sport. Don’t play. This is not a game over here.
“We will kill you. You think this is a cakewalk? I will kill you if you step in the ring with me.”
A fight with Mayweather is also a chance to silence other fighters who disrespect MMA.
“I don’t feel like boxers respect us, but if you put us in the streets, you’re not going to hit me with one shot and think you’re going to knock me out,” said Green, who meets Guida on June 9 at United Center in Chicago. “I’ll kill you. I’ll strangle you out in the back of a parking lot, and you’ll be dead.”
Some time back, Green walked into Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas, hoping to get in some rounds. To put it lightly, he did not have a positive experience. The boxers at the gym knew he was an MMA fighter and mocked his sport, calling him a “scratcher and a biter.” No one would spar with him.
And that was after an unpleasant interlude with Mayweather, who’d walked into the gym earlier to get in his own work. According to Green, he walked up to Mayweather and paid him a humble and sincere compliment.
“(I told him), ‘Listen, sir … thank you what you’ve done for black people,’” Green said. “‘Thank you what you’ve done for me.’ And I bow to him.”
Green’s praise was based on a lifelong admiration of Mayweather. Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., the boxer was practically a god to him and his friends.
“Mayweather looked at me – he didn’t flinch, he didn’t move, he didn’t blink. He looked straight through me as if I was not even there,” Green said.
Later, when Green returned to his childhood home, he let them know his new opinion of the boxer. Suffice to say, it wasn’t flattering.
“What I realized, is you can be a great person, and you can be awesome to people,” Green said. “And you have that one time that you showed your ass to the wrong person, and you don’t know when it’s going to come back and bite you.
“(Mayweather) doesn’t remember this, and he doesn’t know why all of a sudden I come out of nowhere and I’m like this. It’s because one day, you were disrespectful to me when I came to you man to man, and now I have a certain personal thing with you. This is not about money. This is about the lesson.”
Lately, Green has looked on with ire as Mayweather has talked about the transition from boxing to MMA and how he’d fare in the octagon. The shoulder rolls and leans that are Mayweather’s best assets in the squared circle are the things Green idolized and then adapted for MMA. Green wants to beat Mayweather at the style he perfected.
“I’m not saying I’m better than him,” Green said. “I’m just saying I’m better at that style when it comes to the full fighting skill. We’re talking punches, kicks and takedowns. I can run my style just like your style better than you can. You can’t run this and stop a takedown. You’re going to get taken down trying to shoulder roll and lean. I understand the holes to it, so I was able to perfect it better than he can run that game in an actual fight.
“So for me, the callout was, let’s see who’s better at the style. And it’s a respect factor, that he was disrespectful to me. Three, don’t troll my sport. I shed my blood and tears for this sport.”
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