Love him or loathe him, Floyd Mayweather has his redeeming moments, rare though they are.
Taking a more humble approach to addressing Ronda Rousey, Mayweather was on the money with his motivational message to the former UFC champ following her crushing defeat at UFC 207.
After a brief spiel on his domestic violence charges, the five-division world champion told her:
Keep your head up, stay focused, keep believing. A true champion can bounce back.
You’ll be okay. Everything will be okay.
Last month, Ronda lost her comeback fight to Amanda Nunes in just 48 seconds. The loss was her second in a row, and a consecutive defeat by knockout – a disappointing blow for the former UFC Bantamweight Champion.
As a boxer whose record is undefeated, there isn’t much experience Floyd can share about recovering from a loss – but that didn’t stop him from trying.
Mayweather went on to say that he believes her loss had ‘a lot to do with time off’. He said she ‘should have competed against another female MMA fighter that wasn’t as active as the female that she faced’.
He called Amanda Nunes a ‘tough competitor’ before saying: “But Ronda Rousey has a lot left.”
The 39-year-old added:
I don’t want her to think this is the end of the world. You know, she’s hearing it from the best. She’ll be okay.
Go back to the drawing board and do what you gotta do – 2017 is a whole new year… You’re undefeated this year. Come back, champ.
While she may have experienced a crushing loss, Rousey is widely credited for making women’s MMA popular. Which is a remarkable feat, considering the promotion’s president said there would never be female fighters on the roster.
Way to go, Ronda Rousey.