‘Money’ May­weather jabs back at Rousey

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Ver­bal spar­ring be­tween Floyd “Money” May­weather and Ronda Rousey con­tin­ued Thurs­day as the un­beaten wel­ter­weight champ laughed off the mixed mar­tial arts star’s dig at his earn­ing power.

“Big bank take lit­tle bank,” May­weather said in a state­ment that was posted on TMZ Sports. “Let’s play and see how much money you got.

“Last time I checked I was #1 on Forbes,” added May­weather, a ref­er­ence to the fi­nan­cial pub­li­ca­tion’s rank­ing of the world’s high­est-paid sports fig­ures.

Rousey, a for­mer Olympic judoka who is the big­gest global star on the UFC cir­cuit af­ter a se­ries of ex­plo­sive vic­to­ries, had taunted May­weather on Wed­nes­day in com­ments to TMZ — reck­on­ing she earns more per sec­ond than he does.

“When he learns to read and write, he can text me,” Rousey told the gos­sip web­site.

May­weather’s US$300 mil­lion in earn­ings over 12 months as cal­cu­lated by Forbes in June in­cludes his take from his May mega-fight with Manny Pac­quiao — the high­est- gross­ing in box­ing history.

He said Rousey wasn’t league.

“She will never be at my sta­tus,” he told TMZ. “Keep try­ing to get pub­lic­ity.”

How­ever, Forbes weighed in on Thurs­day, say­ing that Rousey’s cal­cu­la­tions were cor­rect and that af­ter de­feat­ing Alexis Davis and Cat Zingano in a com­bined 30 sec­onds of fight­ing she was, in fact, mak­ing more per sec­ond than May­weather

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his even be­fore she beat Bethe Cor­reia in 34 sec­onds in her most re­cent fight in Rio de Janeiro this month.

It was another dom­i­nant per­for­mance for the 12-0 Rousey in de­fense of her UFC fe­male ban­tamweight ti­tle.

May­weather, 48-0, is sched­uled to de­fend his wel­ter­weight world ti­tle against An­dre Berto on Sept. 12 in Las Ve­gas, where the un­beaten Amer­i­can will try to match the 49-0 record of Rocky Mar­ciano.

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Floyd May­weather Jr., right, spars dur­ing a work­out at his gym in Las Ve­gas, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 26. May­weather is sched­uled to fight An­dre Berto in a wel­ter­weight ti­tle bout next month in Las Ve­gas.

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