McGregor turns down offer to train at Mayweather’s gym
McGregor turns down the offer to train at Mayweather’s Las Vegas gym ahead of his return to the UFC. Whilst McGregor did not directly respond to the gym offer, he seemed to shut down any chance of training at Mayweather’s headquarters.
F*** the Mayweathers, except Senior and Roger. There is no peace here kid. Step up or step down.
Fuck the Mayweathers, except Senior and Roger.
There is no peace here kid.
Step up or step down.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 29, 2018
Mayweather: Next fight could be in the octagon with McGregor
Mayweather admits McGregor UFC fight is possible as he reveals desire to come out of retirement.
Retirement has been great but as everybody knows, I go to retirement, I come back. Is it possible I’ll come back? Yes, but if I do, it has to be in the octagon…I spoke with my team. Al Hayman says no, but I spoke with Showtime and CBS. If we can get together with Dana White and the UFC to make a mega-fight happen, one fight, it could be against Conor McGregor, we don’t know…Or we could do a multi-fight deal. But Showtime and CBS have to be involved if I do a multi-fight MMA deal…When I do go to the octagon I look forward to going to probably around 145 (lbs), if that’s a weight class. But right now I’ve got my promoter hat on…We don’t know (if we’re going to do it). (Do I want to?) Absolutely. Only if the money is right. Of course the numbers are going to be crazy…I can contradict myself. I can change my mind. I can do whatever I want to do, I’m Floyd Mayweather. I would not box again.
McGregor: Mayweather rematch will not happen
McGregor takes to Instagram to say that talks between him and Mayweather, to meet in an MMA rematch, have ended unsuccessfully, as Mayweather has decided to remain in retirement.
I am happy for Floyd and his recent announcement that he is out of these current fight negotiations. It is the reason I never seeked the rematch in the first place. I was happy for him in retirement. My game is a very unforgiving one. It is not like other games. I understand completely him staying retired. I will now carry on in my negotiations and see where it goes. Have a great retirement Junior. Now come here and give your old man a hug for old time’s sake. I’m proud of you son. Yours truly, Senior.
Bisping: McGregor would ‘destroy’ Mayweather in 35 seconds in the UFC
On his podcast, Bisping says Mayweather would be beaten easily by McGregor in the Octagon.
I honestly can’t see Floyd Mayweather fighting mixed martial arts and certainly [not] in the UFC. If he does fight in the UFC it’s going to be against Conor McGregor…Conor McGregor in an MMA fight will f****** destroy Floyd Mayweather like he’s never seen…It takes so long to learn – so long to put the pieces of the puzzle together, so long to learn the grappling the transitions from the striking to the grappling. Conor McGregor would literally have a field day with Floyd Mayweather. I don’t know what [Mayweather]’s doing, he’s maybe trying to stay relevant, maybe he’s trying to hype his next boxing match, maybe he’s trying to get a rematch with Conor McGregor in the boxing world, I don’t know what he’s doing. But I will tell you this, everybody does have their price and apparently there was rumours floating round that a billion dollars was the price for a few fights in the UFC and a f****** billion dollars goes a long way. It would certainly be a record breaking pay-per-view, I don’t know if it’ll be more than McGregor vs Mayweather in a boxing ring but it certainly has the potential.
McGregor: Mayweather will ‘earn respect’ by fighting in MMA
McGregor says he would respect Mayweather for fighting in MMA.
If he does do it, I know he’s flirting with it, I would have respect for him. I think it would get his earned respect then, if he was to step in [the Octagon]. He’s engaging, we’re engaging, so we’ll see…Of course, I’m seeing all the stuff Floyd’s putting out, all the stuff in the media. If it is [just hype], it will follow him for the rest of his days that he did not do it…I said I would do it and I stepped up and I done it. His time now. I went into his game, he should come into mine.
Mayweather shows off $100 million McGregor fight check
Mayweather posts a picture of an uncashed $100 million check that he received in August 2017 as part of his payment for fighting McGregor.
It’s proven I’ve got the Midas touch.
McGregor reignites Mayweather feud by calling him a “rat”
Following Mayweather’s posts of a series of pictures from their fight on Instagram earlier in the week, McGregor posts a picture of himself getting ready for a session in the gym, on Instagram, with the caption:
Back at the gym floyds a rat [sic]
Mayweather: De La Hoya ‘on coke’, claims he ‘carried’ McGregor
In comments about De La Hoya wanting to fight McGregor, Mayweather claims he carried the Irish fighter for the sake of the fans:
When Oscar de la Hoya, the same one that was talking about me fighting Conor McGregor, he was trying to protest and stop the fight! Now he’s trying to fight Conor McGregor. Is he a hypocrite or is he back on coke again? That man, that boy still snorting the lines. Still snorting the lines! Everybody try to protest the Mayweather McGregor fight. But I’m gonna tell you all the truth. You know I carried McGregor? You know I made it look good for y’all?
!!!! RT @_WSBG: TALK NICE RT @EditinKing: Floyd Mayweather savages Oscar De La Hoya for calling out Conor McGregor https://t.co/IXFv9gY6CO
— Young Durag Strings (@WeavusChrist) December 4, 2017
McGregor: If I had another go around, I’d get Mayweather
At a Q&A in Glasgow, McGregor says he was impressed with his own performance against Mayweather.
I improved my boxing skill to an extent. Everyone was saying to me get in and ragdoll him and muscle him from the bell. And I could’ve gone in and done that. But I out-skilled him, I outboxed him early. You can’t deny that. I outboxed him and he didn’t know what the f**k was going on. He just covered up his head and walked forward. When the f**k have you ever seen him do that?… It is what it is, but I still feel like I could beat him under boxing rules. We’ll see what happens though.
He also says a rematch would have a completely different outcome:
I know if I went another go with him, under boxing rules, I’d get that win. I know that. I know by the feeling of him in the first fight. He had to change his whole approach. He fought completely than he (usually) fought, he couldn’t figure out what I was doing early on. I feel with the lessons I learned from that first fight, if I had another go around, I’d get him.
McGregor vents frustration over $10m fine and Mayweather fight stipulations: ‘like I wasn’t taking it seriously’
In Glasgow for An Evening With Conor McGregor event, McGregor reveals he would have been fined $10million (£7.5m) in his mega fight against Mayweather, had he been disqualified for an illegal move, as many people were predicting, prior to the contest. McGregor:
Here’s when I knew I was up against it: The ref was like, even if I lift my leg up, it’s a point deduction. I’m like, ‘How is that a point deduction without even a warning?’ So they’re telling me they’re going to deduct points straight off the bat. And if I do get disqualified for any reason, it was a $10million fine. Ten million f***ing dollars!
McGregor says he expected a little more respect:
They were making up all these f***ing stipulations like I wasn’t taking it seriously. Like I didn’t have a hall-of-fame referee at my camp present at every single spar. Do you know what I mean? I had a boxing referee in Ireland, a great boxing referee in Ireland and then Joe Cortez in Vegas, every single spar. I put in so much work and had given so much respect to the rule set and the discipline, I was kind of expecting it back.
Floyd Mayweather: I’m glad I didn’t knock McGregor unconscious
After Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their superfight, McGregor says he thought the fight could have gone on longer.
I thought it was close though and I thought it was a little early of a stoppage. I get like that when I’m tired. I get a little wobbly and flowy. But fuck, get me into the corner and I’ll recover and I’ll come back. And I’d like it to hit the floor. There’s a lot on the line here, [Byrd] should have let me keep going I thought, but fair play to [Mayweather].
However, Mayweather says he didn’t want to end McGregor’s career by knocking him out cold.
He has a career. He still has a career. He’s still young. [Knockouts are] very, very damaging. We have to think about these fighters. Even with my uncle Roger. Right now, I got a call, just before I came here, he keeps walking offer, wandering off – no one can find him. He ends up in a hospital. So, brain damage… it happens…In combat sports there are two names. There are two names. Mayweather and McGregor. There are two names. And even with me being off two years, I still was the biggest name. Even with me retired, I’m still the biggest name in boxing and MMA.
Floyd Mayweather still hasn’t cashed McGregor or Pacquiao checks
Floyd Mayweather says he still hasn’t cashed
I’m retired. i’m an old man. Your health is your wealth. I treated my body good and I worked extremely hard…I make some money in investments…It’s time for us to get a new gentleman’s club out here…I haven’t bought nothing. I still got that check and I still got that Pacquiao check…I still own my houses, all my cars. I’m still sharp.
‘Racist’ Paddy Power ad for Mayweather v McGregor superfight banned
After complaints from nine people, an advert for Paddy Power that urged punters to “always bet on black” before the Floyd Mayweather fight with Conor McGregor has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), who said it was likely to cause “serious offence”. Paddy Power claimed the ad was not intended to cause offence on the grounds of race.
A breakdown of McGregor-Mayweather ticket sales
A breakdown of ticket sales for the McGregor Mayweather fight is released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The hottest ticket was priced at $5,000, but these seats, located at the top of the lower level seats at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, were deeply discounted, sinking to $1,500, close to fight night. Overall, the event was well short of the $72.2 million live gate record set by Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015. Yet it still generated a massive box office payout, with $55,414,865.79 in revenue on 13,231 tickets for an average of $4,188.26 per ticket. The event’s pay-per-view buy rate, on the other hand, is expected to break the all-time record of 4.6 million set by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
Breakdown of ticket sales:
- $10,000: 2,942 available – 2,254 sold – 29 complimentary
- $7,500: 1,814 available – 1,145 sold – 18 complimentary
- $5,000: 4,737 available – 3,183 sold – 22 complimentary
- $3,500: 3,233 available – 1,601 sold – 68 complimentary
- $2,500: 2,735 available – 2,716 sold – 0 complimentary
- $1,500: 1,809 available – 1,781 sold – 0 complimentary
- $500: 428 available – 414 sold – 0 complimentary
Total tickets sold and complimentary: 13,231 Total live gate: $55,414,865.79
Mayweather first TV interview since McGregor fight
Mayweather appears for his first television appearance since the fight with McGregor, on Steve Harvey’s new talk show. Harvey asks if Mayweather and McGregor have spoken at all since the fight.
No, we haven’t spoke since the fight. We had a beef and settled our beef. We had a beef. I feel like I was the better man. Like I told him, experience will play a major key. But I said on paper everything leans towards Conor McGregor. You know, he’s 28, I’m 40-years-old. But, being in the sport 21 years, I just feel like the wisdom that I have, the IQ is totally, totally different. Especially when it’s at the pinnacle…I knew that he was used to fighting 25 minutes. I said once we get him past 25 minutes, he’s a dead man walking. Dead man walking.
Fan video: McGregor-Mayweather MMA fight showdown
A fan-made video has been released of a fantasy contest, between McGregor and Mayweather, in the octagon for an MMA fight.
Mayweather tried to place £310,000 bet on McGregor fight but walked away after being made to wait
According to ESPN, Mayweather approached a sports betting vendor in Las Vegas around 3.30pm – just hours before the main event – and tried to stake around £310,000 on the fight ending inside 9.5 rounds. The odds were 1/2, meaning he would have make a £155,000 profit, but the bet was not placed. Concerns over the legality of a fighter betting on anything other than a straight win reportedly caused a delay. He then tried to bet on himself to win by knockout but was again frustrated by the delay and left without staking any money. Source:
He was p*ssed.
Aldo: No moral victory in McGregor’s loss
Aldo speaks about the series of laugh-crying emojis he tweeted in the moments after McGregor lost to Mayweather.
First of all, I didn’t even watch the fight. I was at a football game… I don’t know. I have people who take care of my social media… You know every athlete has people who handle their social media – who work their social media.
And the ex-champ says he wasn’t particularly surprised when he heard the result.
Conor doesn’t have good cardio, and (they) knew he’s not used to boxing. Mayweather was closed up, just waiting for the time to pounce. The guy hadn’t fought for two years. He didn’t even prepare for the fight.
Asked if thought McGregor won a moral victory by lasting ten rounds:
Of course not. Moral? First of all, you try to prove that with someone who’s almost 41, who’s been away (from the sport). Of course, it was a money fight. A moral victory would have been taking on an active boxer, a champion, and then fought him. And then you’d see how he would barely last a round. Because it’s an entirely different sport. We need to put ourselves in our places. I’m an MMA athlete. I can’t go tomorrow and say I’m going to do muay Thai in Thailand with a Thai fighter, because I can punch and kick well. There’s no way. Each one in their places. I respect martial arts, so I put myself in my place. I don’t see a moral victory.
McGregor: I am proud of everyone
McGregor believes one change to his training camp could have altered the result of his fight with Mayweather. In a lengthy Instagram post, McGregor pays tribute to his team and his opponent, but also admits he could have done with more time to prepare.
McGregor-Mayweather breaks the all-time PPV record
Dana White says that last weekend’s super-fight has generated a record-breaking 6.5 million pay-per-view buys, a figure which would dwarf the previous record of 4.6 million, set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, by almost 2 million. This is despite the three million people who illegally streamed the fight. The final figure could be higher, as it doesn’t include sales outside the United States. It will also mean that McGregor holds the pay-per-view record for both boxing and mixed martial arts. The 6.5 million figure also beats the cumulative total for the top five UFC pay-per-views in the company’s history, and is five times larger than any WWE PPV event ever. The fight will go down in history as one of the single most profitable sports events ever.
Wow. In this Instagram story post by Urijah Faber, Dana White says #MayweatherMcGregor did 6.5M PPV buys. pic.twitter.com/JBJGNUDy7q
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 30, 2017