US boxer Floyd Mayweather has been criticised on social media for defending vulgar comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 about women.
"He speaks like a real man spoke," Mayweather, who attended President Trump's inauguration, told the Hollywood Unlocked website.
The comments sparked a backlash, with critics pointing to the boxer's convictions for domestic violence.
Mr Trump apologized after taped remarks about groping women emerged last year.
Using graphic language, Mr Trump is heard bragging about kissing women and grabbing them by the genitals, during a private conversation.
Many on social media referred to the boxer's history of attacking women.
In the interview, the boxer also defended Mr Trump against allegations of support for racist groups.
"You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president," Mayweather said.