When Ronda Rousey Shamed Floyd Mayweather for Not Being Able to Read and Write

Published 01/10/2021, 11:07 AM EST


Before facing Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather had a brief rivalry with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey that saw them spat venom at each other.

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For a long time, the entire combat sports community envisioned an inter-gender fight between Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather.

That included Dana White, who touted Rousey to vanquish the unbeaten Mayweather in an actual fight. However, Floyd Mayweather didn’t pay much attention initially. He claimed to be unknown of Rousey and referred to her as “he” in an interview.

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Later, Mayweather also denounced Rousey by bringing the financial numbers and stating that the UFC champion should at least earn $300 million before talking about him.

As per SB Nation, things turned vile from that point. Ronda Rousey didn’t hold back and lashed at the 5-division World Champion brutally.

‘Rowdy’ ridiculed Mayweather and advised him to learn how to read and write. It’s been almost 4 years since the incident, but combat fans continue to recall it like it was yesterday.

Responding to Mayweather’s $300 million statements, Rousey said,  “I actually did the math and, given the numbers of my last fight, I’m actually the highest-paid UFC fighter, and I’m a woman.

“I think I actually make two to three times more than he does per second … so when he learns to read and write, he can text me.”

However, a few months later, the duo overcame from the rivalry, and the touted fight never happened in real.

What’s next for Floyd Mayweather and Ronda Rousey?

Following a successful UFC career, Rousey turned to the WWE for a brief period. She also became a champion over there before calling it a day. Now, she is inactive from all sorts of combat and doesn’t seem interested in reviving her career.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Kofi Kingston, Ronda Rousey, Xavier Woods, and Zelina Vega attend Mortal Kombat 11: The Reveal on January 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather has retired from professional boxing but is still open to fighting internet celebrities and MMA fighters in exhibition clashes. He will return to the ring against Logan Paul on February 20, 2021, at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks to his corner while taking on Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rousey and Mayweather have walked separate paths in their life and have tasted success in different forms. However, their possible matchup remains as one of the most fantasized ones in the combat sports circuit.

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Did you ever want to see Floyd Mayweather vs Ronda Rousey?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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