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Insults, taunts fly at Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor kickoff

11
Jul

LOS ANGELES – The four-city World Tour to promote Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor on August 26 kicked off at the Staples Center Tuesday afternoon, and based on the the reaction of those in attendance and watching online, this one-of-a-kind event got off on the right foot.

11,000 people showed up to see the biggest stars of boxing and MMA meet in person. At one point, 170,000 were watching live on the Showtime Sports YouTube stream, and if they expected a spectacle, they weren’t disappointed.

McGregor, the current UFC lightweight champion (155 pounds), walked in first from the other side of the arena to an empty stage where he had a chance to dance for the crowd while he waited for his opponent to join him. Mayweather, perhaps the most decorative boxer of all time, entered in the same drawn-out manner, and the crowd went nuts as they finally got to see the two within arm’s reach. It didn’t take long for McGregor to talk first and with Mayweather silently standing still in front of him, the Irishman went into various MMA poses that riled the crowd even more.

There was no question: The majority of those in attendance were there to support the UFC superstar, and seemingly every time Mayweather showed on the big screen, their boos drowned out anything else.

Photo by Idris Erba / Mayweather Promotions

“He will be unconscious within four rounds,” proclaimed McGregor at the podium after mocking the corporate sponsors who spoke there before him. “He has not experienced this. He’s fought people that have shied away from him … I don’t fear him. I don’t fear this limited set of fighting. This is a limited set of rules that makes this half a fight — a quarter of fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round.

“All these rules, all these restrictions, it doesn’t faze me — it amuses me. The gloves. They have to be 10 ounces at 154 pounds. No problem. Give him the gloves up, I’ll wear the 10 ounces. No Mexican-made gloves, OK no problem. No gloves made out of horse hair, alright no problem — I don’t give a fuck … All I need is a gum shield. Climb me up to the ring and I’m good to go.”

McGregor, who turns 29 in three days, said he wasn’t really prepared to give a speech and kept it short overall, but cited providing for his newborn son as added motivation. That he will indeed do in this venture, which will end with at least an eight-figure payday.

“No one’s done this shit before. You gotta give me that,” McGregor said before speaking about Muhammad Ali’s exhibition with Antonio Inoki in Japan and James Toney’s lone fight in the UFC. Wearing a pinstriped blue suit, he also made sure to shoutout an eventual clothing line of his, and pointed out a detail on his jacket that really encapsulated the personality that made him what he is today.

Photo by Esther Lin / Showtime

“If you zoom in on the pinstripe it says, ‘Fuck You.’”

Coming out of retirement, Mayweather, 40, relished his time at the podium, and easily doubled his counterpart’s speech. He rallied his contingent of fans by yelling, “Hard work,” with them replying “Dedication,” and when he asked for them to point to the “easy work,” they did so at McGregor. Mayweather proclaimed 21 to be the number of note — that being the number of years he’s been dominating the sport — and after he said he would knock McGregor out, there was a response.

“You haven’t knocked anyone out in 20 years,” McGregor laughingly said at his stool with a microphone in hand.

Photo by Idris Erba / Mayweather Promotions

In response, Mayweather asked for someone to bring him his backpack and proceeded to show off a $100,000,000 dollar check that he hadn’t even cashed yet.

“This is what a hundred million-dollar fighter looks like,” said Floyd. “I haven’t even touched this shit.”

“That’s for the tax man,” McGregor quickly replied on his own accord.

“I’m the I.R.S., and I’m gonna tax your ass,” Mayweather quipped.

“You aint gonna do shit,” McGregor said, but ironically, something was done about his working microphone after that.

The verbal back-and-forth is something normal at UFC press conferences, and quite frankly, that moment was the highlight of the press conference given the reports of Mayweather’s recent tax issues. With McGregor now silenced, however, Mayweather got to speak his mind without interruption and talked about Conor’s complaints about all the rules.

“If you want eight-ounce gloves, let’s put eight-ounce gloves on. If you want four-ounce gloves, let’s put four-ounce gloves on. Don’t fool the public. Don’t fool the public,” said Mayweather before yelling out “Hard work” again. Mayweather made sure to remind everyone who the A-side was and who the breadwinner is in this prizefight — mocking McGregor’s $3 million payday in his last fight, and saying that’s training camp money for him.

“We gonna get off in that ass, and guess what, I’m an old man. I’m not even the same fighter I was 20 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, or 2 years ago, but I got enough to beat you. We know mister tap-out likes to quit, and you will wave that white flag. I’m guaranteeing you this: You’re going out on your face or on your back — so which way you wanna go?” Mayweather turned and asked. “That’s right, stay quiet you little bitch.”

Photo by Idris Erba / Mayweather Promotions

Once he was finished, Mayweather called for Conor to go face-to-face with him, and they proceeded a face-off with more than enough time for everyone to capture it. The two barked at each other, but no foul play was involved. Besides, they will be doing it three more days in row this week (Toronto, New York, London), and the pissing contest will surely continue as the promotion gets its flame fanned with quips and anecdotes that’ll make one forget about the lopsided amount of experience in a boxing ring between the two – a sticking point by this event’s detractors, but that’s not really going to matter when it comes to this fight and how successful it will be.

“So far the responses to Mayweather-McGregor has really surpassed anything we saw in Mayweather-Pacquiao,” said Stephen Espinoza to RingTV.com after the presser. Espinoza, vice president of Showtime Sports, was the lead producer in boxing’s most lucrative event in May 2015 and his company will provide the pay-per-view telecast for this one ($99.99 HD). “I think it’s because you’re building from a couple of different fanbases, plus you’ve got the appeal of a once in a lifetime, unprecedented event.”

As for if Mayweather-McGregor can eclipse the record-setting PPV buy rate of Mayweather-Pacquiao, Espinoza responded:

“I never thought I’d be in a position to say it’s possible to reach that again. I’m not saying we will get there, but I feel it’s within reach. A lot of things would have to go right for that to happen.”

  • Joker

    nice

  • AngelMorningstar

    Was pathetic that they muted Conor. Also why did Mayweather need to walk over to his people every few seconds? Trying to figure out what to say next? Lol.

    • Alex De Large

      Why did Dana White act like his daddy? On his payroll? So McGregor is still giving up over half of his purse to that Leech.

  • Giuseppe

    whattaloadashit

  • Michel Desgrottes

    Admit it, you’ll probably watch, and u, or someone u know, will pay for it, America is full of circuses, we elected a clown as president, so surely we can take a break from summer baseball for a circus, such is life, get over it

    • Left Hook2

      umm. Nope. I wouldn’t watch these clowns if they were in my front yard.

      • Michel Desgrottes

        But you’ll comment about them 🔥🔥🔥

        • Left Hook2

          commenting is free and puts zero dollars in the coffers of these clowns. it amazes me the number of people who want this farce to be successful.

          • Michel Desgrottes

            ahhhh so u r interested lmao

          • Left Hook2

            No. Interested in the mindset of the kind of people who will be purchasing the ppv, talking about this like it is truly an event, and telling us that they themselves are interested. I know you like Floyd and will buy the fight. Your comments make that abundantly clear. And that is fine. We all spend money on things that give us joy. Mine is not MMA or farcical sporting events that encourages this aberrant behavior.

          • Michel Desgrottes

            This is a circus, I’m able to separate sport from entertainment, I grew up on wwf wrestling, this is prettt much a throwback to old school wrestlemanias, idk why folks get their panty in a bunch, oh I know why, cause it’s Floyd

          • Left Hook2

            Can you smelllllll what the Rock is cookin? I don’t like that this circus (that the media is helping to create) takes the focus away from real fights that can be made or are already made. I don’t like that the media coverage basically encourages silliness of this nature rather than putting Canelo-GGG, Crawdaddy-Indongo on the front page. I believe that if the event is a failure, then the media would feel that would be egg on their faces for spending all this extra time covering it. If I don’t pay or even pay attention to sh*t like this, (and everyone else acts the same), then maybe we don’t have more $100 circus acts pop up in the future. Give me Cotto-Kamegai!

          • Michel Desgrottes

            Aye I hear u, this is America tho, free market, these other promoters have to do a better job in engaging media and fans for their fights, yesterday I saw canelo and ggg play rock em sock em robot on the WSJ YouTube page, like as if that’s on the level of Floyd Conor world tour, inept promoters can’t hide behind the same old models and ppv system if they wanna expand and over shadow Floyd, they have to be better than Floyd, top rank may be on the right path with their espn deal, expand your brand and sport, and your fighters within

          • Left Hook2

            Absolutely agree. Promoters of top-level fighters need to be able to get crossover recognition like Floyd and Pac did. Whether it is knocking out the Big Show in front of WWF fans, singing on the Late Night Show, or being on the sideline of a Dallas Cowboys game, the promoters have to promote their fighters, not ‘boxing’. I think the results for Floyd and Manny speak volumes. Canelo is well on the way by being featured in the Tecate commercials. I think the ESPN deal is huge for growth.

          • Mauro Hermida

            Question is, will you find a way to blame arum and top rank after this fiasco? #agenda

          • Michel Desgrottes

            Arum has nothing to do with this, I blame arum for not paying Manny and Roach

    • Jorge

      You blame BOB for Floyd’s taxes too?

      • Michel Desgrottes

        Not at all, last I knew, Floyd doesn’t deal with bob in any fiduciary capacity, unles u know something I don’t?

    • FLOMATARD

      Livestream is free!

      • Ivan Otero

        If You find it

        • FLOMATARD

          I’ll give you links, bookmarked me

    • Kudos

      Trump is an excellent president. If Mayweather wasn’t a black you’d ridicule this fight.

      • Mauro Hermida

        Im going to give a non-kudos and middle finger to your retard is an excellent president comment.

        • Kudos

          I wasn’t the one who brought up politics. Should be kept off here, certain people obviously can’t help themselves.

        • Count of Monte Fisto

          Here’s a non non-kudos middle finger to your ignorant comment about our president.

          • Mauro Hermida

            He is an ignorant narcissist and asshole. I don’t vote for monkeys, especially one Im much smarter than. The fact you voted for him say a ton about your intelligence. Stick to boxing.

          • Count of Monte Fisto

            Ignorant narcissist? You just described every politician in Washington! Oh and you don’t vote for monkeys? That’s a lie as I’m sure you voted for Obama twice! And you think your smarter than Trump? Let me see your Ivy League degree mutt boy. I don’t vote for career politicians who steal and waste our money and follow whatever our mainstream media says like a brain dead lapdog. That right is reserved for mental midgets like you. And you shouldn’t stick to talking about boxing you shouldn’t talk about anything. Your a typical radical left wing loon that has no respect for anyone with a different opinion than yours. Go put your mask back on and riot and hurt people on the right like all you crazies on the left do.

          • Stephen M

            Actually, crazies on the left build countries like Canada ( and many other advanced countries) that have things like free healthcare, very cheap or free daycare, parental leave, cheap or free post secondary education, no fault car insurance and safe, gun free environments. Oh those crazy lefties! Hey, but maybe you’re rich and don’t care about any of that. I can understand rich people not voting for the left.

      • Michel Desgrottes

        “Wasn’t a black”

  • FLOMATARD

    McGregor – “Foook”

  • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

    Strong diskike for the Money May persona here, but an even stronger dislike for the cynical notion promoted to the casual/MMA fanbase that a novice pugilist could even compete with him.
    This fight is like the world’s greatest darts player challenging the world’s greatest archer at tne latters sport. The two pursuits might be in the same ballpark theoretically, but there’s a world of difference in reality.
    Consider that this fight is only happening BECAUSE McGregor has never had a professional boxing bout. Had he had just one bout, his limitations would already be exposed to the degree that the Floyd megamatch just could not be sold to the public.
    Horrible, horrible mismatch pushed to the fore through hugely overstated intrigue in the unknown.

    • Julius Kent

      What about Floyd fighting McGregor inside the octagon with MMA rules?

      Nunez will [email protected] slap Floyd, kick his lead thigh then slam him down face first. All in the first 15 seconds of round 1. No ground and pound simply because Floyd will tap out even before his face will hit the canvas.

      Poetic justice eh?

  • Colin Mc Flurry.

    Connor mcgregor can’t box.

    All the Dummy’s that flush $100 down the toilet will see that fact, after about 30 seconds.

    Enjoy the entertainment ( Bullshit ) at the press conferences, because once the bell rings it STOPS!

  • Turner Wednesday

    Two strutting narcissistic, money mad peacocks wandering around a stage talking to each other like 12 year olds.

    At least one of them doesn’t actually take himself to seriously, is quite smart, witty and has some semblance of where’s he’s from and has his feet on the ground to a degree.

    The other owns strip clubs and beats up women.

    This shit show is still ridiculous, regardless.

    • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

      Lol. Yeah, I’m no MMA fan, and think this freak show is a travesty, but I kind of like McGregor in a way. Your second paragraph sums him up quite accurately I believe.

      • Stash One

        Yep, at least (so far) there has been some correlation between McGregors mouth & his fist’s, Floyd talks the talk then puts everyone to sleep.

  • Dee Money

    Well, there’s episode 1 of “The Real Housewives of Combat Sports”. It’s about as sincere and unscripted as one of those types of shows…..but I guess a lot of people enjoy watching that crap too.

  • IanF69

    He should let Mayweather borrow his suit for the meeting with the Taxman.

  • Don Badowski

    Oh boy. This so makes me want to get stupid and buy this fight. I wonder what’s for lunch.

  • Danny Perez

    I can’t wait for Cotto vs Kamagai 🙂

  • Mauro Hermida

    If Mayweather cannot KO this guy, he will deserve all criticism. This is a show and he is in with a novice. I can see him stinking out the joint even against this amateur boxer.

  • Reggie Woodard

    The mere fact that this farce of a fight is getting infinitely more pub than GGG/Canelo, Superfly, and the impending Cruiser and SMW tourneys is pretty disgusting… What’s more, by expressing my disdain I have inadvertently given it more pub. What a tangled web we weave smh.

  • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

    Lol the fans are killing me. Everyone will be watching in some type of capacity.

    • Ain’t no dinos in Holy books

      I’ll be browsing for a decent upload on youtube the next day. Anyone who splashes out for the PPV is either insane or has money to burn.

      • Julius Kent

        The sane ones has floyd’s money to burn. The insane ones pay.

  • wadabs

    a showboat vs a misplaced fighter, it’ll be an old circus show with the…” i told yah so.”

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