07 Aug Mayweather And McGregor Embark On Press Tour
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor began their 4-city press tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The crowd of over eleven thousand was pro-McGregor, cheering loudly as Dana White introduced the 155-pound UFC champion. But despite this being a promotion of a boxing match, not an MMA fight, McGregor appeared comfortable and confident.
“I’m a young, confident, happy man that has worked extremely hard for this (opportunity).”
He used the adage “Somebody’s O has got to go!” when suggesting that this would be the first defeat for Mayweather. Usually, Floyd Mayweather is the initiator of verbal jabs, but on this occasion Conor McGregor unleashed continuous insults on the undefeated, future hall-of-fame boxer.
“He is fu**ed! There’s no other way about it. His little legs. His little core. His little body. I’m gonna knock him out within four rounds!”
McGregor seemed to suggest that boxing was a watered-down version of combat fighting.
“This is a limited set of rules that makes this half a fight, a quarter of a fight. This isn’t a true fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round.”
Floyd Mayweather was met with boos as Leonard Ellerbe presented him to the audience. As he approached the podium, he took two sips of Dasani water while nodding his head. He appeared to be collecting his thoughts and sizing up the moment. After three or four seconds, he began to chant, “Hard work!” and his fans would reply “Dedication!” He repeated the exercise three more times, and seemingly feeling satisfied with the response, said: “I still got it!” Mayweather would go back to the “Hard Work” chant throughout his time on the mic. In between the mantra, he would alternate between boasting about his fighting and money-making abilities.
“I don’t give a fu** if it’s a ring. I don’t give a fu** if it’s an octagon. Put me in there, and I’m ‘a kick ass!”
Clearly, Floyd Mayweather was more animated at this press conference than previous ones. He paced, he shadow-boxed, and continued to engage fans with chants and slogans. Before ending his words, Mayweather turned to McGregor and said,
“All you need to do is show up (at the fight), and I’m gonna do the rest.”
The media-only portion of the press conference revealed vulnerabilities from both fighters. Floyd Mayweather acknowledged how much he disliked training at this stage of his career, and that it was physically draining. The burden of being the lead promoter for such a massive event also could wear on him. Tickets for the August 26 bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will be priced from $500 to $10,000. They will most certainly sell out quickly, despite the high cost. The Pay Per View will be sold for $89.95 SD and $99.95, and is projected to eclipse 4.8 million buys, which would be an all-time record. Conor McGregor’s vulnerabilities revolve around one factor: He is 0-0 as a professional boxer, and is taking on an all-time great who is 49-0. The bout will take place at 154 pounds, the junior middleweight limit, which is a slight advantage for McGregor.
The most telling aspect of this mega-matchup is that both Dana White, head of UFC, and Conor McGregor himself both stated this will be the only boxing match McGregor ever fights in. He will go back to MMA fighting afterward. Because McGregor exuded so much confidence, I wondered if it had something to do with Mayweather, or did he think he could be THAT good in boxing with no professional experience. I asked him if he believed he could beat ALL of the top boxers from 154 pounds and down. He simply said,“Yes.”