FLOYD MAYWEATHER admitted he could not “give a f***” about good or bad press about him – “as long as you wrote the story”.
The former pound-for-pound king divided opinion outside the ring for his brash and arrogant persona, which helped him break box office records.
But he could only be unanimously praised for his iconic 50-0 career, which included 16 consecutive wins against world champions.
Even in retirement the 43-year-old even remains one of the world’s most discussed fighters.
And whether it’s criticism or praise, Mayweather is grateful to be the topic of discussion.
He said on Instagram: “To my team and my staff, you guys are amazing and to all the fans, I want to say thank you for all the support.
“And to all the writers; whether you wrote a good story about me or whether you wrote a bad story about me, I don’t give a f***, as long as you wrote the story.”
Mayweather retired in 2017 after beating UFC star Conor McGregor, bringing an end to his legendary 21-year career.
The gifted counter puncher enjoyed an unorthodox training regime during his run.
But those tireless hours in the gym paved the way for his unbeaten dominance.
Mayweather explained: “I had a great career. I had good days in the boxing gym, as well as bad days.
“The bad days is when I go to the boxing gym and I don’t do good in sparring. But guess what? It’s all a learning process.
“So when I have a bad day in the boxing gym, I say, ‘Guess what? I don’t care, I’m just learning’.
“I’m just practising my craft, so this is where in the boxing gym I can make mistakes but once I got under the lights, I did what I had to do.”