Floyd Mayweather Jr. got into a physical altercation with rapper T.I. early Sunday morning (May 25) in Las Vegas, and now the undefeated boxing champion is speaking out on what really went down, while also apologizing to T.I.’s wife Tameka “Tiny” for calling her a bitch.
T.I. reportedly instigated the fight with Mayweather Sunday inside a Las Vegas Fatburger restaurant after the rapper confronted the boxer about getting too close with Tiny.
Witnesses said T.I. walked up to Mayweather and they exchanged some words. In one video of the incident, Mayweather can be heard yelling at T.I. to “control your bitch” before T.I. takes a swing at Mayweather, which is what sparked the loud “chair-tossing brawl,” as reported by TMZ.
In attempt to clear the air, Floyd Mayweather reached out to our friends over at NecoleBitchie.com and explained that the fight was all over a simple misunderstanding about a photo that T.I.’s wife Tiny posted to her Instagram account.
The picture, which shows Mayweather posing with Tiny and a group of women (and LisaRaye?), had apparently rubbed T.I. the wrong way, but Floyd says the rapper has nothing to worry about because he and Tiny are just friends.
“I been knowing Tiny before T.I.” he told Necole Bitchie. “I’ve never slept with her, I never kissed her, never touched her in no inappropriate way. Her friend Shekinah wanted to come to the [May 3rd] fight, she brought Tiny with her. They came to the fight.
He added, “After the fight was over Saturday night, Sunday they came over my mother’s house. My mother had a big, big party for me. They came over and showed love. They came over to my house all cool, all respect. Hang out with The Money Team, my crew. Everybody was cordial. No disrespecting type. After that, I guess she put a picture up on Instagram of her at the fight so I guess he [T.I.] was feeling some type of way.”
“[T.I] came to me when I was in New York. He stepped to me when I was at the jewelry store like, ‘Yo, let’s go outside and talk.’ We went outside to talk, but he talked about, basically, ‘These girls tryna play us against each other.’ I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re talking about your wife?’ I never put up a picture of her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I was basically like, ‘Listen. I’m letting you know I ain’t got…me and your wife don’t have nothing…if you think so.’
“So Memorial Day weekend, a lot of people come out to Las Vegas. Tiny and Shekinah was out here. They come to my party last night. They cool. Everything is cool. We was at the strip club. Everything was cordial. We having fun. I throw my daughter [Iyanna] a big [14th] birthday bash today.
“I’m eating at Fatburger and next thing you know, he walk in talking about we need to talk again. And then I told him, ‘You need to get the f-ck outta my face. That’s what you better do.’ And then he said, ‘I ain’t talking to all these people so you ain’t gotta talk loud.’ I said, ‘Listen, don’t come to my face with no disrespectful sh-t. Like I told you before, you must’ve forgot what I did for a living.’ He said, ‘You do in the ring, I do it in the streets.’ I said, ‘My man, I do it everywhere. You can find out if you want to.’ Just like that.
“Then a couple of words exchange and people got to pushing and a riot kinda broke out. And then a bunch of chaos and that was basically it. Because, like I said before, he probably does some foolish things, but he ain’t no damn fool to swing on me. Like, you must’ve forgot what I do for a living. He had a totally different look on his face.”
Mayweather also apologized to Tiny for saying “control your bitch” in reference to her:
“Only person I wanna apologize towards is Tiny. I said something like ‘control your b-tch’ and I don’t want to say that about Tiny. So I do apologize to Tiny because she cool people, man. She cool. She never been disrespectful to me. Shekinah never been disrespectful to me. I’m going to continue to support Tiny and Shekinah cause they’re cool people and I don’t got nothing against them. So I apologize for that.
“I’m not sleeping with that girl [Tiny] and I told that man before. But if I was, talk to her about that, don’t talk to me about that. But I’m not going to be disrespectful because I’m not going to sleep with a married woman. Now if she was divorced… I still wouldn’t do that because I’m cool with her and we have a real cool and cordial relationship and sometimes sex can mess a good friendship up.
“And basically, I don’t want to f-ck up a good relationship that I have with a person. So whatever I said, ‘stole your b-tch…take your b-tch’ or whatever, I apologize to Tiny and all of her children and T.I.’s children for saying that. I want to apologize to the children and Tiny and Tiny’s family for saying what I said.
“As far as him swinging on me, I ain’t having that. You see me. I’m out all night. He didn’t make an appearance so let’s see how his face look.”
As for this picture that’s floating around of Tiny and Floyd supposedly at Fatburger together, he says she wasn’t even there:
“Tiny wasn’t there. [That photo was taken at MGM Grand.] My daughter had a birthday party. Tiny is married. I respect that. I don’t care if y’all separated, she’s still married under God’s eyes and the law. I’m not going to sleep with a married woman. I’m not going to do that. Like I said on All Access, I’m becoming a better person.”
T.I., for his part, has also spoken out in the aftermath of the fight.
In a video he posted on Instagram Sunday, the rapper, while not going into details about the fight, dispelled rumors that Mayweather had given him two black eyes.
“What they say I got two black eyes? Where they at though? These ones I’m looking out of? Is they black, for real? Damn! Been like that all my life,” T.I. says in the clip, before adding with a laugh, “F*cked my hand up. That’s about it.”
He captioned the video: “Two black what?????? C’mon now. Never in da history of N**ga-dom. But nice try tho. Lol”
[Floyd quotes via Necole Bitchie]