Floyd Mayweather: I'll Help Ronda Rousey With Her Boxing, And I Don't Blame UFC Star For Hitting Out At Me
Floyd Mayweather has put his public rivalry with Ronda Rousey to one side and offered to help the UFC star with her boxing following the former champion's shock defeat by Holly Holm.
Rousey was knocked out cold in front of a record crowd of 56, 214 and beaten for the first time in her mixed martial arts career by challenger Holm on the weekend.
But Mayweather, who has been involved in a war of words with Rousey in the past, has offered to help the 28-year-old bounce back from the defeat.
The 28-year-old was knocked out by Holly Holm in their UFC title fight in Melbourne on Sunday
'I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don't let this discourage you. If you need help as far as with boxing, I'm here to help you,' he told Fighthype.com.
'It's all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She'll be OK.'
Mayweather and Rousey have been involved in a number of public disagreements and in July, the UFC star hit out at his domestic abuse record after beating him to 'Best Fighter' award at ESPYs.
The 38-year-old undefeated boxing champion, who beat Andre Berto in September, served two months of a three-month prison sentence in 2012 after pleading guilty to domestic violence.
He was criticised by Rousey, who said 'I wonder how Floyd feels to be beat by a woman for once' after she won the award - but Mayweather insists he doesn't blame her for using his name.
Rousey was second best for as long as contest lasted and she was unable to fend off the strikes from Holm
Mayweather, whose retirement from boxing was confirmed last month, believes Rousey will bounce back
'Even with the things that Ronda Rousey said about me, sometimes we need to be guided in the right way. Do I think that she really meant what she said? Absolutely not,' he added.
'You know, it's crazy, to get to where I got to, I didn't have no sponsors. I mean, today, people are overnight sensations.
'I commend Dana White and the Fertitta brothers for being able to take a female and make her so huge in a contact sport. I commend them for that, but she had to do her part also, and she did her part.
The 38-year-old, who beat Andre Berto in his last fight, admitted he doesn't blame Rousey for criticising him
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