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Conor McGregor on microphone getting cut off during press conference: ‘F*ck Showtime’

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Esther Lin, Showtime

LOS ANGELES — Conor McGregor managed to procure a microphone while Floyd Mayweather was speaking Tuesday. Quickly, though, his responses were dashed.

McGregor said afterward during the MayMac World Tour stop here at Staples Center that he thought it was intentional, that those producing the show didn’t want him to go back at Mayweather on stage.

“Yeah, they took the mic off,” McGregor told print reporters. “Look, f*ck them. F*ck Showtime. F*ck them all. They can do nothing after Aug. 26. They can try and do all these tricks all they want. Aug. 26, this man will be unconscious. He’s too small, he’s too frail. That’s it. What more can I say?”

McGregor and Mayweather will be back on private jets Tuesday night, heading off to Toronto. It’ll be very interesting to see the format of the in-arena press conference in the Canadian city. On Tuesday, it looked more like a boxing press conference, rather than a UFC production with lots of back-and-forth verbal exchanges between the fighters.

McGregor himself said he was not expecting to give a speech and was caught off guard. During UFC press conferences, he excels at repartee with his opponents — he’s a master of the trash talk counter punch.

“The Notorious” did get a bit of that later Tuesday when Floyd Sr. crashed his print media press conference. The two had a verbal altercation for nearly 10 minutes on and off. Floyd Sr. said his son would beat McGregor’s “ass” and the elder Mayweather even challenged McGregor to a boxing match himself for Wednesday.

McGregor shot back that Mayweather Jr. and Mayweather Sr. should not have taken this gigantic money fight. McGregor and Mayweather Jr. will meet Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

“Ya’s got greedy and that’s it,” McGregor said. “He could have been 49-0, riding off into the sunset. Trust me, he got greedy here. That was a big mistake. You misadvised him. You should have kept him retired. It’s your fault. … Your boy is going to sleep.”

McGregor ended it with a cackle. He seemed much more comfortable backstage, having a tete-a-tete than just giving a speech in front of the fans gathered in the arena.

The UFC lightweight champion maintained that he would knock Mayweather out within four rounds, with Mayweather’s father and trainer present.

“He can catch the shot as well, I don’t mind that,” McGregor said. “If he catches the shot in the glove, his brain will still be rattled.”