As expected, Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor Saturday night in a fight that was far more entertaining than it had any right to be.

Of course, now that his career in the ring is over, Mayweather will likely spend the rest of his days engaged in the other kind of battle he’s become famous for.

No, we’re not talking about the many incidents of spousal abuse he’s been arrested for over the years.

We’re talking about the odd, passive-aggressive verbal sparring between Floyd and random celebrities that seems to take up much of the boxer’s time.

The most high-profile example in the past year saw Floyd getting dissed by former friend Justin Bieber, who decided to cut ties with the Money Man as a result of Mayweather’s ungodly ways.

(Strip clubs and Moet don’t jibe with the Biebs’ newly Bible-thumping lifestyle.)

Now, Floyd is in a tift with another talented, but widely-despised pretty boy.

And amazingly, he’s found a frenemy who might be even more universally-disliked than Bieber.

Asked about his celebrity friends in a recent interview, Mayweather stated that he and Tom Brady are pretty much besties.

“That’s a close friend of mine. Tom Brady is a very, very close friend,” Mayweather said.

“An unbelievable guy with unbelievable talent…he’s a great guy. Actually, Tom Brady texted me yesterday.”

In case you didn’t get the point that he and Tom are bros for life, Mayweather continued:

“We have a cool friendship. He texted me and asked me ‘How’s everything going?’ And I texted him back: ‘Everything is cool, how you doing? How’s the family?’ And he said, ‘Everything is going A-OK.'”

Wow, sounds like they’re pretty tight.

Unless, of course, you ask Tom Brady about his supposed BFF.

Fortunately, that’s just what a pair of Boston radio hosts did this week, and the results were hilariously awkward.

After repeating that he’s only met Floyd “a couple of times,” Brady responded with a curt “no” when asked if he and Mayweather are friends.

“No, I met him a couple of times,” Brady said, clearly dying to move on to a new topic.

“I think he’s a great fighter. That was a great fight the other night.”

We hate to side with Floyd on … well, on anything, really, but Mayweather is probably telling the truth here.

TMZ is reporting that Floyd was spotted video conferencing with Brady during a press conference just before his fight with McGregor.

For boxers, every fight is one of the biggest days of their life, so if they’re video chatting with you the night before, you’re probably more than just some dude they met a couple times.

In all likelihood, the Patriots QB is just trying to manage his public image after the debacle that ensued last summer when the world learned that Brady and Donald Trump are friends.

Anyone who watched the Deflategate press conference knows old Tom Terrific isn’t the most media-savvy guy on the planet but watching that guy who used to make inappropriate comments about your wife at cocktail parties become the most powerful man in the world is enough to teach anyone a lesson.

The Hollywood Gossip