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Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor circus devolves to new lows

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Jul

NEW YORK – Old-school emcee Doug E. Fresh rapped on a red-carpeted stage to a crowd of over 13,000 crazed fans.

He belted out hits like “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di,” songs that were released in 1985.

No, Fresh didn’t all of a sudden enjoy a career resurgence that would impress even Robert Downey Jr. He was there to kill time for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, who still weren’t present at Barclays Center even three hours after their scheduled arrival.

When the fighters finally showed up, they did nothing to change the 80s feel. All the progress society has made in terms of discrimination? Dissolved to ashes during this WWE-style circus.

Both Mayweather and McGregor stooped to new lows during their Thursday stop in Brooklyn, the third city of a whirlwind press tour that has generated massive fan interest.

Truly, nothing was off limits for either side in an attempt to up the ante and embarrass the other man in performances that would make Jerry Springer blush.

McGregor kicked off the crass behavior with a strange attempt to prove he wasn’t racist by being, well, racist.

You see, the Irishman has been derided for his racially charged instruction for Floyd to “dance for me, boy,” on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

“A lot of you in the media seem to be saying I’m against black people,” McGregor offered up, clad in floral pants with a mink coat and no shirt underneath. “That’s absolutely ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half black? Yeahhhh – I’m black from the belly button down!

“And here’s a present for my beautiful, black female fans,” the 28-year-old shouted as he gyrated for the crowd.

Hours later, in a scrum with reporters, Mayweather sighed and announced “racism still exists.”

Clearly, he’s right.

But Mayweather wasn’t much better in the class department.

The 40-year-old fighter, one of boxing’s all-time greats, proudly markets his recently opened Las Vegas strip joint, The Girl Collection, at every opportunity.

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Mayweather joked, “I smell a bitch!” and later strutted over to McGregor, whom he then referred to as a stripper, before he made it rain on the UFC star with a shower of dollar bills. Mayweather fought racism with misogyny.

Fatigue is obviously setting in.

The sides dug deep into their bag for comedic material, but came up empty, with only shock-value tricks to offer.

At one point, it appeared they might finally come to blows after hours spent this week shouting bombastic, WWE-style barbs. Mayweather’ motioned for his giant security detail to approach McGregor, who was surrounded completely, only to emerge moments later under a sea of screaming and yelling.

Later, McGregor cautioned that if something similar occurred again, there would be a fight, and he promised to “sleep” Mayweather with a chokehold in under three seconds.

It won’t come to that, though.

Mercifully, the press tour concludes Friday with a stop in London.

The heavy lifting will be done, with millions of sports fans dying to shell out $100 to watch Mayweather likely toy with a man making his pro boxing debut.

Floyd and Conor will go back to their lives wildly richer than they were just months earlier.

But the crass actions they performed in the build up to the bout? That won’t be so soon forgotten.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Gregory Fulton

    Another bullshit article. So let me ask you this pussy:

    Didn’t he call himself “Pretty BOY” for 3/4 of his career?

  • Anthony Gulino

    racism and misogyny ??? who the hell cares this is a fight and has this writer ever looked at a boxing message board ??? its all about race, in my guesstimation it breaks down to about 75% of the fight fans blacks hate the mexicans, mexicans hate blacks,they both despise white fighters, whites pull for eastern europeans and Pacquiao, Brits pull for Brits and everyone pulls for there own, everyone hates everyone else.. its sometimes blatant,sometimes just under the surface but its always there…

  • Roberto Carlos Guerra

    I just hope the lack of class doesn’t carry over into the ring with Mayweather pulling off any sucker punches or Mcgegor getting frustrated after 8 or 9 rounds of getting his ass beat and instinctually (and illegally) flattening Mayweather with an MMA move.

    I just hope it’s clean. Boxing doesn’t need any more black eyes, and this “event” sure isn’t helping it’s image.

    • David Stubbs

      Why did he sucker punch Victor…retaliation. the mofo head butted him in the mouth. He deserved to get his ass KO’d.

    • Jayo2.0

      The lack of class shown was by this cuck writer.

  • Kudos

    Coppinger is gay, why the ring hired this guy is beyond me.

    • JV316

      come on, kathy, stop being so bitter! still with the slurs?

    • Jayo2.0

      Oscar is a transvestite, so it’s not a surprise.

  • foeaminute

    I mean, yeah, these press conferences are stupid, ignorant, and contrived, but.,,you expected different from these two guys and this entire event? Being a shithead is Conor’s entire persona, and being a shithead is Floyd’s entire persona-lity. The difference is that Conor SEEMS to be only doing these obnoxious things to churn up interest in the upcoming non-fight (and his fights in general).

  • Jorge

    You can’t go to a circus and not expect clowns. Come on Copp.

    • Mike Coppinger

      I expected a circus, but this stop was far more classless than the first two

      • Jayo2.0

        Your article is a joke! What kind of gay/misandrist propaganda piece is this?? I realize you work for a transvestite, but come on, have some standards.

  • Emeka Nnaji Jr.

    I’m fine with people referring to Mayweather Jr. as a misogynist at this point, but don’t try to balance the bufoonery we saw last night. Yes both men were horrible, but Mayweather throwing dollar bills at McGregor was not an act of a misogynist. The article seems like its trying to make both me out to be equally reckless. No, McGregor was an embarrassment. I don’t believe he’s a racist and don’t believe his “dance for me boy” was meant to be racist. It is definitely racialyl insensitive, but that’s it. The way he address the racial issue was horrible. Making that completely distasteful joke tops anything Mayweather did yesterday.

    • David Stubbs

      McGregor refers to blacks as monkeys and uses the term “boy” when referring to us. Yes, he is racist. It is what it is. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth…i really like McGregor. Anyway, I respect him in the octagon but dude is straight up racist. All he needs to say next is the n-word.

      • Roberto Carlos Guerra

        For sure. Pretty pathetic way to hype a fight. This will be the first time in a long time Mayweather won’t exactly be playing the part of the villain compared to his opponent.

  • Tom Harrison

    Another American cuck. I don’t like MMA or McGregor, but he’s not from the American south in the 1950’s. He’s from Ireland in the 21st century. People from Ireland say Boy a lot. I’ve had conversations with some who use it like a full stop in sentences. And Misogyny? grow some balls. This is a sport that has girls in hit pants hold up cards between rounds.

    • Jayo2.0

      Agree completely! This writer is a joke.

  • Jayo2.0

    This writer needs to grow a pair and stop the self-hate.

  • Sol DelSur

    Photos are fucking awesome …