NO, it wasn’t via a 50 Cent-assisted meme. Instead, Floyd opened up to FightHype — the site that is often seen as the central hub for all things Floyd Mayweather — likely surprising everybody with some support to the MMA superstar.
His first order of business, though, was clearing up the confusion about 50 Cent’s Instagram post:
“That’s not true at all. I haven’t really spoke to anyone about the Ronda Rousey situation, just to set the record straight.”
Then Floyd gets into the flack Rousey has caught from critics and fans online since her defeat, actually throwing support to the fallen champion:
“I don’t think it’s cool how everyone is trolling her on social media. Certain things you have to learn. People will love you on Friday and then Sunday morning, it’s nothing but negative comments and people making jokes and people making fun about you, which I don’t think is cool.”
“I’ve never been on the other side, so I don’t know how it feels. I’m pretty sure she’s a very, very strong person, but we still have to take into consideration that she has feelings. Everything happens for a reason. This was already written. Listen, if God says, ‘In Floyd’s career, I don’t want him to lose,’ you know what? I wasn’t going to lose. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t took a loss before. I’m not talking about boxing; I’m just talking about life. When you lose a loved one, that’s taking a loss…
“I think that everything is just a learning experience. In due time, she’ll be able to bounce back and make some noise again in mixed martial arts.”
This is actually consistent with how Floyd has approached fighters that are on the losing end during his career. He’s had kind words for almost all of his opponents after defeating them and turned the “Money Mayweather” persona off once the final bell rings. He also came to the defense of his friend turned “frienemy,” Adrien Broner, after he suffered his first defeat to Marcos Maidana in 2013, among others.
But more than anything, Floyd probably realizes that this would have been the same vitriol meant for him had he taken a loss in his career, especially one this dominant and catastrophic. Like Rousey, he’s a noted trash talker whose grating personality and arrogance has worn thin on fans, so in an odd way they’re actually more similar than either would probably like to admit. Despite their differences, Floyd seems to sympathize with his press rival, shockingly enough.