Ultimate fighting champion (UFC) Ronda Rousey said she will overcome the gender pay gap in boxing by working harder and fighting more..
The 28-year-old reignited the argument of how much professional athletes of opposing genders should get paid by slapping down a question on whether it’s fair she gets paid less than ‘Money Man’ Floyd Mayweather.
The pro-boxer bagged an eye-watering $180million in one fight alone against Manny Pacquiao.
‘You being at the height of your sport maybe make what? A million dollars at most per fight? Does that anger you and what can we do to change that?’ Yahoo News interviewer Bianna Golodryga asked her.
‘If I got to a point where I had almost 50 fights, I would probably be making close to the same amount of money as Floyd does’, Rousey replied, adding she was ‘very comfortable’ with the amount she earns.
‘But at this point, I have 11, so I can’t expect it to be exactly equal yet, I don’t think. I have to put more time in.’
Since a clip of the interview with Yahoo News was shared on YouTube yesterday, after it was recorded in March, it has been watched more than 150,000.
During the same interview Rousey said she believed the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was the most ‘pro-women’ sport around, and said she would never fight a man in the ring.
‘I don’t think there should ever be a situation where there’s an arena full of people gathered around cheering about a man hitting a woman,’ she explained.
‘I really don’t see how that could be right.’
A mixed martial arts fighter, California-born Rousey is the first and current UFC Bantamweight Champion.
On Monday it was announced Paramount Pictures had acquired the rights to Rousey’s autobiography, ‘My Fight/Your Fight,’ with plans for Rousey to play herself in the adaptation.