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03rd Sep 2017

Jose Aldo has an excuse for cruel reaction to Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather

Oldest excuse in the book

Ben Kiely

After Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather, a lot of people were mad at Jose Aldo.

Or at least, a lot of folks thought they were mad at Jose Aldo, after the Brazilian seemingly took a lot of joy from seeing his greatest rival bested by arguably the greatest boxer ever in his professional debut.

There was a weird reaction to the fight. For the most part, the boxing community saw it as confirmation of their pre-fight reservations, while the MMA side generally felt that McGregor exceeded everyone’s expectations and represented the sport well.

From the tweet that was sent out on Aldo’s account, it certainly seemed like the former UFC featherweight champion was less than impressed by McGregor’s showing in easily the toughest test of his combat sports career.

The reaction to Aldo’s reaction was fairly negative and it’s hard to blame people for thinking the worst of Aldo. This is the same guy who requested a contract termination, threatened legal action and even hinted that he would be willing to intentionally lose fights to see out the end of his contract once the McGregor rematch slipped through his fingers.

However, Aldo claimed at the launch of one of his new burger restaurants in Rio that he hadn’t even seen the Money Fight (quotes via MMA Fighting).

“First of all, I didn’t even watch the fight. I went to a football game, which is the No. 1 sport for me. I love it, so I didn’t even watch the fight or know what happened.”

He claims that he wasn’t the person who pushed send on that series of laughing face emojis. In fact, he claims he didn’t even compose it.

“There’s some people that take care of my social media, so I can’t even say what happened because I didn’t stop to watch the fight. I talked about it (that night) because I was surrounded by boxers, and they talked about the fight, but I haven’t watched it so I can’t comment on it.”

“It’s tough. You know what every athlete has a company that handles his social media. So that’s it.”

The ‘it wasn’t me’ excuse didn’t work for Shaggy in 2000, and it’s not really working for Aldo. If his PR team really sent out a tweet like that from his account, would he not have said it earlier?