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Mayweather squashes beef with Silva

Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2013
"I pray for him," said the undefeated boxing megastar this week of Silva.
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Mike Chiappetta

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In the aftermath of his record-shattering money haul, boxing champ Floyd Mayweather is in a great mood. That much is a clear after a Wednesday interview with DJ Sway Calloway on SiriusXM Radio.

Mayweather, who’s had an ongoing war of words with former UFC champion Anderson Silva, seemed to call a truce to the action when asked about Silva’s recent comments about the lack of respect between the two sides.

“I pray for him. He’s OK,” he said. “I don’t have nothing negative to say about the guy Anderson Silva. I’ve seen some highlights on him. I don’t know him personally, but I’ve seen highlights of him fight, and hopefully he can bounce back. I heard he just took an ‘L,’ so hopefully he can bounce back from that loss.”
Mayweather is of course referring to Silva’s knockout loss at the hands of Chris Weidman, which he’ll try to avenge at UFC 168 on Dec. 28.

In the leadup to his fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Mayweather downplayed Silva’s accomplishments, saying they didn’t compare to his 45-fight, 17-year undefeated career. In response, Silva called him a “smurf” who talked too much.

With Mayweather’s most recent thoughts supporting Silva now in the public, maybe the two greats can finally get along.

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