This past Saturday night was as eventful as one would expect any Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas to be: folks were partying in no small measure, women were Instagramming with freewheeling glee, late-night burgers were heartily consumed, and Floyd Mayweather had a much-publicized brawl.
Only this time it wasn’t a ringside event: the undefeated boxing champ exchanged some serious words with rapper T.I. that resulted in a fight inside a Fatburger. And as it turns out? The whole thing stemmed from Instagram photos T.I.’s wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle sent out on the social-media platform. And now Mayweather wants to apologize to her.
“I been knowing Tiny before T.I.,” Mayweather explained. “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 4th] fight, she brought Tiny with her. … 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.”
Mayweather said the rapper approached him after that initial Instagram, to which Mayweather replied, “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.’”
Which was all well and good until this weekend when the trio of celebs were partying it up in Vegas. While there, Tiny attended a birthday party for Mayweather’s 14-year-old daughter, Lyanna, sending out another Instagram photo of she and the birthday girl. Accompanying the image of Tiny and Lyanna together was the caption “Had to come celebrate with my new boo @moneyyaya Happy Birthday bae.”
The picture seemingly set off the rapper’s insecurities about his own relationship — “I’m not sleeping with that girl and I told that man before,” Mayweather asserted — which is when T.I. headed to the Fatburger that Mayweather was eating at to confront him.
“I’m eating at Fatburger and next thing you know, he walk in talking about we need to talk again,” Mayweather stated. “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.”
Of the fight, Mayweather is only sorry for one thing: the disrespect he showed Tiny in an off-handed comment. “Only person I wanna apologize towards is Tiny. I said something like ‘control your bitch’ 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.”