Mayweather responds to McGregor’s throne image.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 15, 2017
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bennett says he doesn’t anticipate any issues in regards to the sanctioning of the possible Mayweather-McGregor bout.
That’s certainly a fight that we would approve and have in Vegas. Who wouldn’t want to regulate the two best fighters at 150 pounds in their respective unarmed combat fields? Mayweather’s a phenomenal fighter, and so is McGregor. Sure, that’s a fight we would approve…[McGregor]’s a phenomenal athlete. He’s arguably one of the best strikers from the UFC. He’s in great shape; he’s hardcore, he trains hard, fights hard. Mayweather is arguably one of the best fighters of all time because he doesn’t believe in getting hit. But let’s not forget Floyd (will be) 40 and Conor is 28, so it’d make for a great fight.
Anthony Marnell, the Nevada State Athletic Commission Chairman confirms that McGregor has been in talks with Mayweather:
I’m confirming that real people are having real discussions. I’m also telling you my opinion as the Nevada Athletic Commission chairman that a lot of things need to get done in order to see something like this come together because there are so many parties that want to get their hands on the pot. Maybe it will get figured out, but it’s going to be hard when everyone is declaring they want $100 million. That’s not what I said — that’s what they’ve said. That’s their quotes, not mine. If everyone wants $100 million, that’s a lot of $100 millions to go around.
Cowherd says McGregor is a far more interesting fighter than Mayweather.
Conor McGregor is our Ali. Floyd Mayweather was undefeated, but he’s boring. He’s all about money. How many people do you know that wear dollar signs on their hats that are fascinating? Floyd Mayweather is not a fascinating personality. He’s not a fascinating self-promoter. He’s not a fascinating fighter. He’s a boring fighter. He’s stylistically capable of shutting people down — you don’t land punches. He’s not captivating…[He’s] not even close to being one of the most interesting. Ali was more interesting. Joe Frazier was more interesting…In the world we live in today, Conor McGregor engages the public, is a self promoter, connects with the fans, can drive pay per view numbers. And it really speaks to the erosion of boxing that Floyd’s fighting him, because there’s no one else to fight.
McGregor, along with his attorneys and manager, meets Bennett and Mantell of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas, to ask for a rehearing of punishment order for throwing a water bottle at UFC 202. McGregor has said that the punishment — a $75,000 fine, an anti-bullying public service announcement with a production value of $75,000, and 50 hours of community service — was too stiff. Chairman Bennett says he agrees with McGregor’s position and says the punishment should be reduced to $25,000 fine plus 25 hours of community service. The commission will hear McGregor’s request when it reconvenes on March 22. Once a settlement has been agreed, McGregor can reapply for a boxing license. Bennett:
I think it’s important that the public knows that the chairman, upon speaking with Conor, realized a wrong was done and he’d like to make it right. We don’t always get it right. We’ve made mistakes in the past. The chairman lives by example.
Helwani confirms that McGregor’s plan was to go to Vegas to meet with the Nevada Athletic Commission, then The Money Team (Mayweather’s promotion), and then with the UFC.
McGregor's plan has been: meet with NAC to clear issue, then TMT, then UFC. That's what's going on now. Early stages of that plan.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 14, 2017
He laid out this exact plan when we spoke in Manchester. Go to Vegas to meet. Felt best to go in person. So now here we are. https://t.co/Lq0UdifMHd
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 14, 2017
ESPN’s Smith says that Mayweather told him that “we’re getting very, very close” to a fight with McGregor. Smith said Mayweather believes the fight will happen, but Mayweather said nothing is guaranteed until a deal is done. Smith:
[I see this fight happening]. Floyd was at the OKC Warriors game Saturday night. We spoke for a few minutes. It’s not finalized. There are details to be worked out. He did not confirm that a deal had been done. But as you know I know Floyd for years and he had a smile on his face, and he says ‘We’re getting there. We’re getting very, very close’. He believes he has the potential to make even more money than he made fighting Pacquiao…He believes that McGregor can market himself.
A UFC-commissioned study says UFC 205 brought in $57 million of benefits to New York city. In addition to ticket receipts totaling $17.7 million and big spending from domestic and international visitors, the McGregor-headlined card contributed a total of $37.4 million in economic output for NY, surpassing the promotion’s initial $32 million projection. Salaries and wages tied to the event added $18.3 million more, and the UFC also paid out $1.6 million in state taxes. 300 jobs were created. Governor Cuomo:
Mixed martial arts competitions have already proven to be major economic drivers across New York, and the jobs and revenue generated by this event illustrates the enormous impact of this growing industry in our state.
The Sun reports that McGregor and Mayweather have reached a “multimillion dollar” deal. The paper reports that McGregor will finalise the agreement when he visits Las Vegas to film an anti-bullying video which is part of his settlement for the water-bottle throwing incident. SBG gym:
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have agreed a deal to fight and have both settled on their respective fees. The contract hasn’t officially been signed yet because of a third party hold-up but all the details have all been agreed on. The fight could even be announced within two weeks.
The Irish twins say that following their time in the Celebrity Big Brother House they can really feel the love from Ireland – despite the Irish public not being allowed to vote for them during the show.
We’re like Conor McGregor, we are representing the country and everyone is like come on Jedward. We want to inspire other people. To see what we’ve been through and the whole rollercoaster of what it is and that we are still going and we are still striving for more.
McGregor cancels his planned appearance at The Red Cow Moran Hotel on Feb 17. The hotel says McGregor will be in Las Vegas instead. All ticket holders will be refunded.
The Red Cow Moran Hotel in association with Industry Entertainment regret to announce that the evening event with Conor McGregor scheduled for Friday 17th February has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond their control. An unavoidable schedule change will see Conor McGregor in Las Vegas at the time of the event. [We] would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that a new date for this special evening will be set in the not too distant future.
Ibrahimovic, currently playing for Manchester United, says he’s had enough of McGregor and Mayweather.
I’m sick of the drama between Mayweather and McGregor. It would be better for both of them to stop their antics and fight against me. Let’s see how it goes, but the two will go straight to the hospital!
Fox Sports releases a video mocking McGregor’s boxing technique, in the form of an infomercial-style video for a fake ConorWorld boxing skills video.
Discover the inoffensive boxing training skills that made Conor McGregor achieve sparring greatness.
At a Q&A session at the National Restaurant in New York City. Nurmagomedov talks about his potential opponents, including McGregor.
I don’t give a shit about Conor. I think only about the belt…“Let’s go. Make not only him humble but all of Ireland.
Mayweather Snr. responds to the video of McGregor sparring in boxing gloves.
In would love to see [a match against my son], ‘cos I know Conor get knocked out…Who is he? His boxing skills is nothing. I’d beat his ass myself… I’m not impressed at all. If my son decided that he didn’t want to do it I’d take it over and I’d do it. And I’d beat his ass. He can’t whoop me with that there, and I’m a 63-year-old man…Conor’s a bum!
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR HYSTERICAL OVER MCGREGOR’S BOXING VIDEO: I’LL WHOOP HIM AND I’M 63 pic.twitter.com/ouirc2gKx2
— UFC Related 👊🏼 (@UFCrelated) February 9, 2017
In his most recent podcast, Sonnen talks about the ongoing rift between the UFC and McGregor, noting the UFC’s power to make stars.
When Randy Couture retired and Tito Ortiz got into his pissing match and stepped aside, they were left with absolutely no stars and they created one overnight called Andrei Arlovski…His skills were not great but he had the look and he had the marketing machine behind him and the next thing you knew, not only was he ranked #1, but he was also selling out arenas. The point I’m trying to make, and Conor may not know this story, they created something out of nothing overnight, it literally took them just over a week to do it…Tito was soon forgotten. Tito – who was the biggest star at the time – could not get an appearance at the local country fair and the same thing can happen with Conor. And you think that it can’t, but it can, and it can happen overnight. If he wants to puff and if he puffs a little too hard. If in the office he becomes too hard to deal with and they can’t get something done. It’s going to be game over, and it’s going to be game over in record time. And that’s what he doesn’t understand. He thinks he’s going to come on shows like this [podcasts] or go on Sports Centre and tell his side, he will not. When we all get the email that says ‘he’s out and this is who’s in’, that’s who we are then going to talk to…It’s like, ‘hey man, as good as you think you are, not only is there a guy who can beat you, we know who the guy is and we will put his name opposite your’s once you force us to and we will show you, time and time again, who is in control here and who really set this table.
Ferguson continues his attacks on McGregor:
He wants to call himself the ghost but he’s gonna fade like a ghost cause he’s a buster. That dude’s fake as f-ck. He’s trying to quit, he’s trying to look for excuses on his way out. He don’t wanna be in a man’s division. Go play somewhere else, McNugget. We’re real fighters over here. You ain’t no ghost…I’m that dude that won’t back down. Mayweather’s gonna knock his ass out. Mayweather’s too much for him – and he knows that shit too.
Rogan says that there is a strong chance of a McGregor-Mayweather fight happening.
Well I would say, if you looked at it in terms of a zero percent chance to a hundred percent chance, I think we’re in the 70’s. I think we’re in the 70’s or 80’s. I think there’s a significant legal hurdle to overcome with the UFC and they might not overcome that depending how they play that card. Now, McGregor has publicly stated that he believes, because of the Ali Act, he can compete in boxing and not do it with the UFC but, he wants everything to be smooth so he would rather have the UFC involved. But, he also wants the UFC to recognise, what he says, is ‘their place’. So there’s Mayweather Promotions, McGregor Promotions and the UFC. So this is what he is stating now, he is going to be a partner in the promotion. And so, there’s going to be some sort of negotiation for how things are split up in three ways.
McGregor posts a video of him boxing at SBG in Dublin.
Speaking at the UFC 208 media day, Silva says McGregor’s striking is unmatched:
This is a personal challenge for my life, because Conor in my opinion has the best stand-up technique in the UFC. For me, I think it’s a good challenge for my technique and for my martial arts technique and stand up. I think this is the great fight in my mind, but I don’t know. One day, maybe…Conor is the best now. I think Conor broke the records, broke everything, and [the Floyd fight] is a new challenge for Conor. [But] it’s a different sport. This is no simple guy. Mayweather is no simple guy, is no MMA guy. This is different sport. I train box[ing] for long time in my life. And when I go to sparring with the professional guys it’s so different. the timing is different, the movement is different. the people need to respect both sports, but boxing is different.
Emanuel and Whitesell, owners of the UFC, have invited McGregor and the entire roster of over 500 to attend a two day UFC Athlete Retreat in Las Vegas in May. Various actors/actresses, athletes, musicians and others represented by WME/IMG will be appear and interact with the fighters. Fighters will also be able to discuss concerns with the owners. The retreat will end with a concert performed by an as yet unnamed WME/IMG represented artist.
Speaking on The Alpha Male Podcast, Faber and other guests receive a phone call from someone pretending to be Dillashaw, which appears to irritate Faber, who talks about McGregor’s near fight with Garbrant, who had defended Dillashaw at the time.
Conor and I, we’d have a good banter back and forth. But we would have conversations, actual conversations all the time. So we’re standing in the gateway to go out to the fights, and that’s where they’d always put us together. He’s like ‘congratulations, we all watched T.J’s fight at the house, he’s so entertaining’. And then Dwayne does this interview saying no one on Team Alpha Male wants to be a champion, the only one who wants to be a champion is T.J. Dillashaw. So Conor — who understands about loyalty and things like that — goes ‘what’s up with Dwayne?’ … he got that little inkling that it was a sore subject and he just [rip at it]. So when T.J. got there, [McGregor] was all prepared just to needle him. Conor saw that little inkling and just ripped at it, and happened to be right.
Cormier says that, if he beats Anthony Johnston in April’s UFC 210, and faces Jon Jones, who is currently on suspension, that despite traditionally headlining, he and Jones will only fight if a McGregor fight is the top of the card.
Jon and I will not fight in a co-main event to anyone other than Conor McGregor.
Ferguson responds to a tweet posted by McGregor regarding McGregor’s fight with Alvarez:
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) February 6, 2017
Black, Predator’s director, says that, while he thinks McGregor is a “great guy”, he wasn’t actually offered the lead in the film.
CONOR McGREGOR: great guy, nice as can be — NOT, however, offered the male lead. Boyd Holbrook holds that distinction. Just sayin'.
— Shane Black (@BonafideBlack) January 30, 2017
Kavanagh says he knew from the first fight that McGregor would become UFC world champion.
It was very obvious from early on that Conor had this unusual set of skills contained in the one person. It’s tempting to talk about Muhammad Ali when you talk about Conor just from the showman side of things. There is a certain set of skills, as Liam Neeson might say, that are required to become the no.1 in this world. And certainly being very good at the sport is a huge part of it. But to have the x-factor, to be able to have charisma, to be able to speak on the mic and be able to deal with the heavy media attention, that’s something that I don’t think you can be taught. That’s something that’s in somebody or it’s not. I’ve seen it before with guys who are incredible in the gym but the can’t do it on fight night or they can’t handle the pressures of dealing with a bunch of interviews and so on and so forth
Silva says that because he holds McGregor in high regard he wants to fight him.
First of all, I respect a lot Conor McGregor because this man changed everything in the UFC. Because I’m very respectful of Conor McGregor’s style. I think it’s a great challenge for my martial arts techniques. I don’t talk to disrespect Conor. I do it for challenge, for myself and the best stand-up fighting. I respect Conor and I think this is a great show, it’s a great fight for the rest of my life. For the rest of my story in the UFC…Yeah of course [I’m older]. I’m so happy because in my heart I have energy. I have a lot of energy. In my mind and in my heart and I talked to my family and my family gives me support to finish my contract in the UFC. I think I have the energy to fight for more years. I think maybe six or seven years but I have energy. This is more important. I have energy. I have passion and I love my job.
Sitenkov – the first man to defeat Conor McGregor – says the Irish fighter cried when he was beaten in 2008, and that he is the only reason why he still fights occasionally today.
I believe [John Kavanagh] saw me as an easy opponent. McGregor was looking to extend his winning record and I was seen as a perfect opponent. He was physically bigger so they would have believed that he would overpower me. I was the first to submit him. The three times he has lost have been on the ground, so I think it’s his weakest point. This phrase, everybody keeps telling this phrase — that he was crying. It begins to sound like I’m bragging about it, so I don’t want you to write it that way, that I’m bragging about it. He was a teenager, 19 years old, he had his first defeat — it’s a normal thing that he cried a little bit.
Aldo says McGregor cannot beat Mayweather.
First of all, we don’t know if it will happen or not. there are a lot of things involved, mainly McGregor has a contract to follow so it’s hard to happen, but if it happens, I don’t think he has a chance. Mayweather has the experience of competing for years in the sport of boxing, so I don’t see how. Of course, it’s a fight, but it’s hard for us MMA fighters to go to a different world challenging one of the best in the history. I don’t see a result different than a win for Mayweather.
McGregor’s sister Erin says she has been giving her brother and Devlin parenting advice.
Conor’s very excited. He’s going to be an amazing dad I have to say.He’s really good with Harry and he’s really good with Taylor, his other niece. We’re all really excited for him. Dee is brilliant, she looks amazing. She’s blooming. We’re just so excited now. We’re helping her pick out clothes. Because my baby is only just six months, we’re able to literally share things. I’m saying, ‘this happened to me’ and ‘this is normal’ so it’s really good. They’re literally going to grow up best of friends. At the moment his priority is obviously having a little bit of time out and being there for the baby which is really important.
A video is released of a McGregor impersonator playing Overwatch.
An Experience With…releases the intro video for McGregor’s appearance at the Manchester Q&A.
Froch says Mayweather will beat McGregor easily.
If that ended up being a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, no disrespect to Conor McGregor, I like him but… McGregor against Mayweather is a mismatch. Let’s be honest. It’s too easy for Mayweather, I don’t even think he’d need to train. It’s difficult for top fighters, top boxers that are really really top level boxers, world champions, to get near Mayweather and land a shot. So, there’s no way a cage fighter is going to get in there. I used to spar with Dan ‘the Outlaw’ Hardy and a little bit with Semtex Daly. They’re from Nottingham, they’re cage fighters. If I get in a cage with them it’s game over for me. But they can’t box me. They can’t get near me. It’s different. It’s a totally different sport.
Mayweather Senior says McGregor could not beat his son even if he trained him.
Brother, that right here is a no-can-do deal. I can’t make Conor McGregor turn around from being a caveman fighter, I don’t know what he is. I’ll let my son fight McGregor and I’ll take on his trainer, whoever he is. I’ll knock his trainer out, I don’t even know who he is and I will knock him straight cold.
The Sun reports that McGregor kept autograph hunters waiting outside his hotel for 63 hours. After his Q&A session, McGregor returned to the hotel at 4am, telling fans that he would sign for them when he left the hotel. However, he does not leave the hotel until Tuesday evening. McGregor posts to Instagram referencing the report.
When asked if he’d prefer to see McGregor fight Mayweather or Pacquiao, Ortiz says:
I want to see [McGregor] vs. Pacquiao. McGregor has no chance with either of those guys. That’s like comparing chess to checkers. Apples to oranges.
Henry, Eddie Alvarez’s coach, says McGregor can beat Mayweather.
All credit to Conor that he hit [Eddie] from the beginning early and rocked him. It’s like I said, the swing that he has is unbelievable. I think he would have the possibility of knocking out Mayweather. He’s way bigger than Mayweather too. Boxers only cut about ten pounds, whereas Conor probably walks around at 173lbs. So he’s also a lot bigger than Mayweather too. I even think he has a chance of knocking out Mayweather if it was in the first three to four rounds. After that, I’d definitely give the edge to Mayweather.
After McGregor announced that he has formed McGregor Promotions, Rogan says that the fighter will have more leverage.
It’s going to become what boxing is. It’s going to become that. It’s star driven…And when it’s star driven like that, guys like Conor who are legitimate stars, they have the leverage. And they’re going to manipulate that leverage. They’re going to utilise that leverage and we’re going to see what happens.
Lobov, McGregor’s training partner, says McGregor would beat Pacquiao should the Mayweather bout fall apart.
I think that’s a more realistic fight. I tell you one thing; before even Conor himself thought about fighting Mayweather, I was the one telling him that this is the fight to make. I was telling him that this is where this was going to go…I feel that Conor vs. Pacquiao is a good fight to make…I know Pacquiao will take the fight…I don’t want to disrespect Pacquiao, he’s a great fighter, but I think it would be quite an easy night for Conor. Pacquiao historically has done very bad with counter-punchers and Conor is one of the best counter-punchers on the planet. The range that he has on Pacquiao, he would just be hitting air the whole time. As fast as he is, it wouldn’t be any different. Conor’s footwork, his positioning, his elusiveness, his range — it would just be too much for Pacquiao. I feel that one would be over in one or two rounds.
Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, says a fight with McGregor would be an easy one for his client.
Conor McGregor is a good athlete and he is the best at MMA but MMA and boxing are two different sports. So it’s a lot of talk, everybody is having a lot of fun about it and sure Manny Pacquiao wants to fight Conor McGregor in boxing. Any boxer would like to fight Conor McGregor because they would knock him out.
Because Dana White has previously said that he will not deal with him, Arum also says that he would excuse himself from negotiations.
That’s Dana White, he needs an excuse, Dana is a good guy but it’s all playing around. [I would exclude myself from negotiations] Absolutely!
Aldo claims he doesn’t care about McGregor.
I hope Conor gets fucked, that’s what matters to me. I don’t give a damn about him. I’ve already said he’s shit, so what he does or doesn’t do, I don’t care. I worry about myself. I’m training to defend my belt. I want to fly higher.
McGrath says McGregor’s success and the national enthusiasm around him reminds him of the support that the Irish football team experienced in their World Cup in the early 1990s.
What I most like about him is the way he carries himself as an Irishman. He plays the role brilliantly. Fair play to him, he’s making an awful lot of money while making people happy. I remember the first time I saw him in action. I was at home on my own, flicking across the channels. McGregor was fighting in Dublin. What I loved was his fearless gladiator shtick; he was pure theatre, a showman speaking confidently, articulately, and unapologetically about Ireland. And honestly, it sent a shiver down my spine. I was hooked..when I saw the number of Irish fans he brought to Vegas for UFC 202, it brought me back to the great days under Jack Charlton for the Ireland national team. Here it was again, sport offering a vessel for the nation to put its troubles to one side and just revel in the joy of identity, a raucous, uplifting celebration of Irishness.
An Experience With… events releases a behind-the-scenes video of McGregor as he arrives by private jet, travels to the venue by Rolls Royce, and greets fans in Manchester.
Responding to McGregor’s Manchester interview, Mayweather says a fight with McGregor can happen.
I believe the fight can happen. Conor McGregor, like I said before, he’s a tough competitor. He proved throughout the years in the UFC that he can fight standing up. So we’ll just have to see what the future holds. Can we make this fight happen? Absolutely. That’s what everyone wants to see and of course Showtime is the biggest and the best in the business so hopefully a Showtime pay-per-view, we can make it happen…I truly believe the fans want this fight. The fans have been asking for this fight. It’s all about entertainment. He’s very entertaining. He’s very outspoken, like myself, so let’s give the fans what they want to see.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 29, 2017
White reacts to MCGregor saying “F-ck the UFC’ and other comments about a potential Mayweather fight from his Manchester interview.
When your about go an a pay-per-view where you’re charging people five bucks to hear you talk, I’m sure you’ve gotta say some crazy shit . You know how how I feel about Conor. I’ve always shown Conor nothing but respect. If he wants to go down that road with us, let me tell you, it’ll be an epic fall…Here’s what I think the chances [of a McGregor-Mayweather fight] are: about the same as me being the backup quarterback for Brady on Sunday…I made an offer because [Mayweather] was full of shit. This was a treal offer.
Dana White Reacts To McGregor Interview! "If he wants to go down that road with us, it’ll be an epic fall" pic.twitter.com/52QfI9AH1Z
— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) January 29, 2017