On August 26th Floyd Mayweather will take on Conor McGregor in what’s expected to be the richest boxing match in history. Mayweather recently sat down with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to reveal why he has extra motivation going into the bout.

“I didn’t like when he called [blacks] monkeys. I think that was totally disrespect,” Mayweather said. “And so, I didn’t like it. It didn’t push a button to make me jump all out my character and go crazy, but I didn’t like it. “I just thought about all of our different leaders. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X … that went on the front line for me and my family. And all my loved ones. Like I said before … this stuff still goes on. But I’m smart, strong, patient. And the same way he called us monkeys, we’re gonna see if he says that August 26th. This is for a cause. This is for the American people. This is for all the blacks around the world.”