Mayweathe Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, says McGregor is trying to fool the world with his apparent slow pace in his training videos.
Conor McGregor is a smart dude. He’s a smart dude. Do y’all actually believe that footage he put out there is real? I’m just being honest. Do you honestly believe that he put that footage out there and it’s real looking the way it looked? C’mon now. Guess what? He tricked all y’all. Every last one of you. That he looked slow on the bag, he’s doing this and doing that. Y’all can fall for it. We’re not…I see a guy who’s got tremendous timing..Tremendous timing. How he’s coming over the top of guys’ jabs and when he touches them and turns it over, and then he’s doing damage. I mean, real damage. If he ain’t knocking him out, they’re falling down. And then they be messed up.
McGregor’s management categorically deny Vargas’ claim that Brandon Rios knocked out McGregor while sparring during training. Having been previously misreported in the media that Bradley Wheeler was, in fact, the man who KO’d McGregor, McGregor’s team clarify that neither Rios or Wheeler have sparred with Conor.
The guy mentioned by Jessie Vargas is Brandon Rios, not Brad Wheeler. Neither have sparred with Conor.
Tony McGregor insists racism claims against his son are wrong. During the recent world press tour, McGregor was criticised for telling Mayweather to “dance for me, boy” – a phrase that has racial overtones in the United States. He further inflamed the claims by stating that he could not be racist because “I am half-black from the belly button down.” Father Tony says:
Conor is absolutely, unequivocally not racist. It’s not about skin colour. No two combatants would ever get into a ring and the issue would be the colour of their opposing skin. No, absolutely not. It’s a fight issue, not a race issue.
“Fighter at rest” 2017. “Boxer at rest” 323 B.C. I told you fools I’m a statue waiting to happen. Someone get on that quick, and stuff one in the middle of every City that I’ve taken over. In other words – EVERY FUCKING CITY.
Rios says that reports of him knocking out McGregor in sparring, as relayed by Brendan Vargas, are not true, and that he has never met McGregor.
No man. Vargas is f-cking about. I never met that motherf-cker. I know nothing about him, but I’d like to spar him. It’s a f-cking rumor man. I’ve been getting text messages. Phone blowing up. I don’t even know who he is.
Brandon Rios Answers: Never Met CONOR MCGREGOR Never Sparred Him That's FAKE NEWS!!!! EsNews Boxing
White says that, after watching videos of McGregor boxing, that the Irishman will not beat Mayweather through standard boxing techniques.
All I’ve seen are stuff that he’s [McGregor] sent me, videos that he’s sent me. Listen he’s not a boxer, at the end of the day, Conor McGregor is not a boxer, he’s a fighter. Conor McGregor is the bigger, stronger guy and needs to hit Floyd Mayweather and needs to hurt him. I don’t see him out-pointing Floyd in a boxing match. I see him getting in, turning it into a fight and roughing Floyd up. I believe in this fight Floyd is going to fight traditionally the way that Floyd fights, the best defensive fighter ever.
DANA WHITE REVEALS MCGREGOR SENT HIM TRAINING VIDEOS; ADMITS "HE'S NOT A BOXER" AFTER WATCHING
MMA analyst Robin Black releases a video, with his take on the McGregor-Mayweather fight, where he suggests that McGregor’s greatest asset in this fight is that he is not immersed in boxing or influenced so strongly by its rigid nature or traditions.
Disruption never comes from within. Every disruption is caused from the outside because everybody on the inside buys into the bullshit…Boxing is so far up it’s own ass, it’s so refined, it’s so specialized, and specialization bases itself on the fact that we all just agree that this is how it is. And there are so many of these agreements that we just go through the motions and then somebody will come along and go, ‘What the fuck? Why are they doing this?…And McGregor has already done this, when he took out Aldo and he would have taken out [Rafael dos Anjos] exactly the same.
He adds that McGregor’s style has moved MMA away from the basic, give and take, Muay Thai approach that was prevalent not so long ago.
He already disrupted that, they don’t do that any more, none of the top guys fight that way. It doesn’t mean [Conor McGregor] can do it [in boxing], it doesn’t mean he can do it at all. But isn’t it cool to see somebody try? Isn’t it fucking cool? Try something so big as to literally disrupt an entire style? And I’ll leave you on another idea; Bruce Lee said, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘It is always the individual who is more powerful than any style, or a collection of ideas or an institution, because these institutions are based on old truths, or mistruths, or former truths.’
In Sligo, the man who used to sell McGregor clothes, says McGregor has changed fashion in Ireland. EJ Menswear shop owner, Eamonn Cunningham, has noticed a huge upsurge in the sale of three-piece suits since McGregor has become so popular.
The menswear business in Ireland has a lot to thank Conor McGregor for.
Zack Alsop, a YouTuber who specializes in getting backstage access to concerts and events, details how he fooled security at the London world tour press conference for Mayweather, eventually ending up being in the group that was with McGregor when he went onstage.
So this was it… the moment when I’d finally get to fulfill the 4th thing that I wanted to do. Ask Conor whether he’s prefer to fight 20 duck-sized Mayweathers, or one Mayweather-sized duck.
McGregor defends Mayweather calling him a ‘faggot’.
I actually didn’t even hear that. People are so touchy on words. It’s absolutely crazy. If he said that, I couldn’t give a f-ck I think what he was trying to do was to switch it up and get the people back in his favor. I think it was a bit of a shit move to try and instigate that on me. Everyone with a sane mind that is watching knows what way it is. It is what it is. Some dirty tactics out there, but that’s what to expect. The fight game is a ruthless business.
During the press tour event in London, Mayweather says he will fight McGregor in the Octagon.
FM: I can conquer any country. They should have come and got me for the UFC, if you wanted a real champion. I run the Octagon. I run the ring. Me! If you say something else I’ll whoop your as in the Octagon.
CMG: When I spark you August 26th I’m gonna make you face me in the rematch in the Octagon. And then we’ll see if you’re all talk or not.
Mayweather appears with McGregor at Wembley Arena in London, on the final stop of their world press tour. Unlike the previous venues, the stage is set up as a boxing ring, and has a short Q&A session at the end. After McGregor’s speech Mayweather talks, at one point trying, but failing, to enlist the crowds into singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to McGregor.
I’m a gorilla and I eat fighters like you…This is a quitter. I feel so good. I look so good. 21 years undefeated…This is a microwaved meal. I’m a home cooked meal…We gonna talk about this pussy. You punk. You faggot. You ho. [CMG: You’re dragging it out a bit mate. Sit down and shut the fuck up.]
McGregor and Mayweather appear at Wembley Arena in London, on the final stop of their world press tour. Unlike the previous venues, the stage is set up as a boxing ring. Mayweather wears a tiger-print top with a set of diamond necklaces, while McGregor arrives to The Foggy Dew, wearing a blue suit:
We have six weeks left from the biggest fight in boxing history, and I’m 29 today. I’m in shock. I get to quadruple my net worth with half a fight…He was wearing high heels yesterday. You should have worn them on the first day you stupid baldy twat…
He then rubs Mayweather’s head and pretends to slap it.
This is my first time in a boxing ring…and in six weeks I run boxing. How the fuck did they let me roll up in here. They got greedy. This is my boxing ring. I am boxing.
In the Q&A McGregor is asked about his motivation:
They try and mock me. It motivates me to keep going. To conquer the unconquerable. Four years ago I was fighting in front of 500 people. Now I’m here, about to smoke this fool, and if that doesn’t show you what’s possible, I don’t know what does.
Conor McGregor Slaps Floyd Mayweather's Peanut Head at London Press Conference
Following the final press conference of the world tour in London, McGregor talks about fighting Nurmagomedov in Russia:
It’s certainly one of the things I would like to do. Whether it’s next, I don’t know. I don’t even know how close the Russia thing is. Whether Khabib can pull his shit together; he missed weight…There’s a few of them in the mix. A few of them need to pull their shit together, though, and get interest going and get me interested. Right now I don’t actually see anything.
On Nate Diaz:
That Diaz trilogy is also on my mind. He should really be thankful. Before he fought me he was [getting paid] 20,000 to show and 20,000 to win. His 19th fight in the UFC, and he was on 40 grand. Now he’s a multi-millionaire. So, I don’t know why he’s sitting there so bitter. Maybe them smacks he took in that rematch messed with his head a little bit. I hope not, but I think they did.
After the Brooklyn press conference, McGregor is asked about heading to England. Reporter:
You’re getting ready to get back to England, which is kind of home to you.
McGregor’s response is rapid.
I’m an Irishman. It’s separated by water. It’s not…English people have always been good to me. I’ve fought in England, I’ve been to England many times. They’ve always been close to Ireland and I look forward to going back.
CONOR MCGREGOR TALKS CANELO-GGG, HIS THOUGHTS ON FACING THE WINNER, & WAR OF WORDS WITH MAYWEATHER
McGregor and Mayweather appear together on the third date of their world press tour at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. McGregor enters to The Foggy Dew, wearing sunglasses, with no shirt and patterned trousers, under a white fur coat. He starts his speech with:
50 cents a bitch. You and 50 are two fake money bitches. He’s bankrupt and you soon will be.
He then gives Mayweather a copy of Jay-Z’s 4:44 and says Mayweather should follow his example in building an empire. Then McGregor addresses those who have said his comments are racist.
Let’s address the race. A lot of the media seem to be saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely f-cking ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half black? I’m half black from the bellybutton down.
He then talks about the coat:
The coat’s Polar Bear. I’m a cold c-nt. Someone come up here and stop me walking around this place like I own it. I don’t give a f-ck how hot it is outside, I’m wearing this shit.
Racism still exists but you know, I try to take something negative and turn it into something positive…We all know there’s only 2 types of boys — a white boy and a cowboy — and I’m neither. I’m just joking…I’m not upset at all…A lot of people say that Conor McGregor is racist but I’m not worried about that. It’s about going out there, doing my job. [When he said the boy comment] it is what it is. He’s entitled to feel how he wants to feel. I just want to stay in my zone and stay focused.
McGregor and Drake share a hug before the fighter’s press conference in Toronto with Mayweather. At the event, Drake introduces both fighters:
Listen, I’m gonna be honest. I came here to witness history with each and every one of you. The biggest fight in the history of fighting. And of course they had to come to the greatest city in the world to do a press conference. So, whether it is Floyd Money Mayweather, or whether it is the Notorious Conor McGregor. I just want to welcome these two fighters to the great city of Toronto. Let’s get into the shit!
White releases a video that shows what McGregor and Mayweather said to each other during their face-off in LA.
CMG: Look me in the eye. I’m gonna bounce your head off the canvas. One shot is all it takes me. Anywhere on the dome. Anywhere on the dome, son. You can keep your gloves up too. I break the guard. My shots break the guard.
FM: Easy work. Easy work.
CMG: Four rounds and your unconscious….
FM: You ain’t making it out of the first round. Keep talking.
CMG: You ain’t knocked nobody out in over 20 years, motherf-cker. Them hands sore already? Do your hands hurt in the cold. You should get them massaged out. I’m a f-ckin’ animal. If this was a real fight you’d be dead already. If this was a real fight you’d be dead already. 20 seconds and I’d smash you within an inch of your life.
FM: Just show up
CMG: I’m right here. You ain’t gonna do shit.
White: I just noticed his suit says ‘F-ck you’.
Dana White’s Video Blog | MAY/MAC WORLD TOUR | Ep. 2
Talking after the press conference, McGregor talks about Mayweather’s tax troubles:
I believe he has to take this fight. He’s in a very dire financial situation. But, I’m still trying to learn this tax game as well. I’m only new money… Just have the checks ready and I’m gonna steam through your boy, take the bread and take off his whole game.
On his rapid success:
I’m grateful that this is my life. Building up this empire, and I’m still only 28. When Floyd was 28, he was nowhere near this level. I’m just a happy, hardworking young man, enjoying life.
And about his suit and new clothing line:
I love fashion. Fashion is very similar to fighting — it’s all about the small details.
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While McGregor is talking to the press about the conference…
The old man came. I don’t know which one was which. The senior, the junior. I got confused.
Mayweather Snr. stats to heckle him, saying he’ll ‘beat McGregor’s ass’. McGregor responds, jokingly calling the older Mayweather ‘junior’.
You’ll get your chance on August 26, Junior. Relax Junior, we’re fighting August 26. I want no trouble, Junior….Your boy’s in trouble. He’s too small. I’m just telling you. His little legs, little core, small head. Yous made a big mistake. You got greedy. You could have been 49 and 0. Rode off into the sunset. He got greedy. You misadvised him. You should have kept him retired. It’s your fault…Your boy is going to sleep. I tell you what though, he’s gonna wake up a better man.
After meeting McGregor for the first time onstage at the Staples Center, Mayweather gives his speech:
Hard work! Hard work! I still got it…21 is the number, and they say, ‘Why is 21 a number?’ ‘Cos that’s how long I’ve been kickin’ ass. I don’t give a f-ck if it’s the ring. I don’t care if it’s an octagon. Put me there and I’ll be kicking ass. You put ’em up and I’m gonna knock ’em down like bowling pins.
Mayweather then opens a backpack and pulls out $100 million check.
Let’s we show you motherf-ckers what a $100m fighter looks like. [CMG: That’s for the taxman] You’re right I’m from the IRS and I’m gonna tax your ass…We knew I was the A-side that’s why this bitch has to come to the boxing ring. He look good for a seven figure fighter. I’m a nine-figure fighter.
We talking about from the 90s to now. We talking about World Champion 18 years. And you know what? If you want eight-ounce gloves on, you put four-ounce gloves on. Don’t fool the public. And we know Mr Tap-Out like to quit. And you will wave that white flag. I guarantee you go out on your face or on your back.
You can do whatever you want to do. But God don’t make mistakes. And God only made one thing perfect, and that’s my boxing record.
After meeting Mayweather for the first time onstage at the Staples Center, McGregor gives a speech:
Baby we did it! I couldn’t hear anything them motherf-ckers said. I’m absolutely honored to be here with the fans. Somebody’s oh has got to go. He’s in a f-cking track suit. He can’t even afford a suit any more. The Rolls is a 2012 outside. He is f-cked. There’s no other way about it. His little legs, his little core. I’m gonna knock him out inside four rounds…I’m a young happy, content, man that has worked extremely hard for this. I can do what the f-ck I want up here. I’m just enjoying myself. The movement, the power. He’s not experienced this. I don’t fear him. I don’t fear his limited set of fighting rules. This is half a fight, a quarter of a fight. if this was a true fight this would only take one round.
I’ve got my own line of suits coming out. If you zoom in you’ll see it says ‘f-ck you’ on the pinstripes.
[My son] is the perfect inspiration for me to do this. What more motivation can you need? No-one’s done this before. Let’s get this world tour started. Let’s have fun.
At the first stop on their world press tour at the Staples Center in LA, McGregor appears in a tailored blue suit to the sounds of Sinead O’Connor’s The Foggy Dew. Mayweather appears in an American flag sweatshirt, They face off for over a minute.
Post press conference, White says unlikely President Trump will attend the fight, but he will be watching:
They called me yesterday and I don’t think they’re gonna come, but they’ll be watching… [President Trump] feels he’ll ruin the event if he shows up. The Secret Service is going to have to have to go through the place. They have to shut down streets and create crazy traffic.
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Many fans are left frustrated after trying unsuccessfully to get tickets to McGregor-Mayweather London press conference. The event, to be held in the SSE Arena Wembley on Friday, July 14, will be the final day of their world press tour. Tickets, which were free and open to the public from noon on Tuesday, were limited to four per person on a first-come, first-served basis, but they were snapped up in seconds.
Absolutely ruined by bots!! I was there at 11:55 refreshing as soons as they went live none available – #poor
White talks about the upcoming McGregor-Mayweather fight.
Conor is a madman. He’s gonna let Floyd know what he’s gonna do and how he’s gonna do it. And everyone’s been saying to me this whole time, ‘Do you think that Conor can really beat Mayweather?’. Look Pacquiao was just beaten by a schoolteacher…I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago. I told my partner, Lorenzo Fertita a long time ago, ‘I don’t know if this kid can fight, but if he can even throw a punch, he’s gonna be a huge superstar’…Last night I landed at LAX and Conor landed at the same time from Ireland. He gets off, looks like he was just fitted at Armani and says, ‘I will knock this man out in four rounds’.
Conor McGregor says he will KO Mayweather in 4 Rounds
Showtime announces the price for Pay-Per-View access to watch McGregor fight Mayweather will be $99.95 for high definition, and $89.95 for standard definition. The price is almost the same as the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
While shopping in LA’s Rodeo Drive, McGregor is asked about the $99.95 PPV price:
I’m confident…It should be $120.
And about reports that Mayweather took the fight because he has to pay $100 million in taxes.
That’s gotta sting. He shoulda paid his taxes and stayed retired and kept my name out of his mouth!..I’ll be smart [with my money]. I don’t care what he done. He’s f-cked now. He should have paid his taxes and stayed retired And kept my name out of his mouth.
Tickets will be on sale for the McGregor-Mayweather Press Tour event at the SSE Arena at Wembley, London, from June 11 at 12pm (noon). Tickets will be available online at this link. Tickets are free, but limited to a maximum of four per person. The event will take pace on July 14 at 5pm.