While the Tuesday press conference for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor media world tour in Los Angeles was relatively demur considering expectations, things certainly kicked up a notch yesterday in Toronto.
After having an unusually tame performance in the first press conference where he seemed to be finding his footing and adjusting to the difference between a boxing conference and a UFC one, McGregor came out of the gates on Wednesday like a man on fire. First referencing the mic situation from the day before, McGregor almost immediately implored the crowd to start chanting “F**k the Mayweathers.” He then followed up by taking aim at Showtime and Stephen Espinoza, calling him a “f**king weasel.” From there he just kept going, calling Mayweather “boxing’s biggest b**ch,” lambasting him for his finances, mocking his alleged illiteracy, and even stealing Mayweather’s backpack at one point. Afterwards the media and fans seemed to almost universally declare McGregor “the winner” of this round of verbal warfare.
But one man who doesn’t seem to mind at all is Mayweather himself.
Speaking in a post-conference media scrum, Mayweather said he isn’t upset with McGregor for his various comments or attacks on stage.
“I’ve been doing press conferences now, what, 21 years? Nothing new.
“He’s entitled to feel what he wants to feel. It’s about giving the people entertainment. The people want to be entertained and I think both press conferences that we’ve done were unbelievable.
“I’m not upset with him. It’s not like the guy did something harsh to me. He feels like he’s the best warrior in the world. I feel like I was one of the best warriors when I was competing. But I came back, I’m competing for one more.”
Mayweather is no neophyte to the mental aspect of fight promotion and in truth, the experience and talent of both men at “playing the dozens” is one of the major draws to this bout in the first place. Having a worthy promotional adversary is a boon to Mayweather as it will drive up interest in the bout, that is, so long as he doesn’t let McGregor get in his head like the UFC lightweight champion has to so many other opponents, something Mayweather understands.
“It’s all about keeping my composure. Every time I went out there and I competed against the best guys in boxing, I kept my composure and I went out there and I executed the game plan.”
But there’s another reason Mayweather isn’t too emotionally invested in McGregor’s trash talk: it doesn’t actually affect him. For as much as McGregor may have “won the round,” Mayweather is still winning the most important battle of “The Money Fight,” the money itself.
“Oh no [he didn’t cross the line]. I’m not upset at all. Why would I be upset? I live a comfortable life, made smart investments, and I’m A-OK. The thing is this, after this fight, he’s set for life now. Before this fight, he wasn’t set. In his last fight, he made $3M. In my last fight, I made $50M. So there’s a difference between a seven-figure fighter and a nine-figure fighter. I’ve made nine figures on more than just one occasion.”
Empty. McGregor says if Mayweather disrespects him he “might bounce an elbow off his eyebrow.”
Denial. Showtime released a statement on the McGregor mic controversy.
Weasel. McGregor calls Showtime Exec. Stephen Espinosa a “f**king weasel.”
Promoter. Mayweather believes he won both rounds of the press tour so far.
ESPY. Demetrious Johnson won ESPY for Fighter of the Year.
Dana’s video blog.
Best thing the UFC does.
BJJ Scout’s breakdown of Woodley-Maia is must watch.
The mainstream roundup.
Tony on TMZ.
The MMA Circus. Volkan Oezdemir and Cody Stamann interviews.
Heavy Hands. Justin Gaethje and Bobby Knux weekends get broken down.
Fights Gone By. The Church of Justin Gaethje, Lord of Violence.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
By far the best thing to come from these events.
When you already picked your character in Tekken & your brother still tryna decide. pic.twitter.com/0CybBU3vx3— Craig The DJ (@DJTGIF) July 12, 2017
Nobody can take that left.
The Beach Ball had NO CHANCE. pic.twitter.com/PivA33Hi01— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) July 12, 2017
This is phrased very poorly.
he should have stuck to hitting girls and running strip clubs. he's awoken a dark dark animal that he's only met in his worst nightmares.— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) July 12, 2017
Barstool is on the Conor train. (Also, pretty sure Floyd owns the copyright to 49-1).
FIRE IN THE HOLE ☘️ ☘️ https://t.co/iuCdwE9Gaz pic.twitter.com/l03LgBvsmO— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 12, 2017
Showing the love.
BOOM! Congrats @MightyMouseUFC on winning an Espy for #BestFighter! Much respect and well deserved! #Espys #HWPO #AndStill— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) July 13, 2017
First off I wanna say thank you to my opponent @ManglerBJJ, very tough and very game opponent. Keep your head up, you will be back for sure.— kurt holobaugh (@KurtHolobaugh) July 12, 2017
Thanks, Kurt. Great job last night. Go enjoy your kids for a little while, man. ✌— Matt Bessette (@ManglerBJJ) July 12, 2017
The new era “let me bang, bro.”
You wont fight me stand up, nobody will fight me stand up. Don't talk shit. #thisismyhouse #ufc pic.twitter.com/jB4O97Qp51— Gokhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) July 12, 2017
The next crossover superfight in the making.
If you are smart @TripleH you Don't let @BeckyLynchWWE anywhere near the ring with me! Ireland can't handle another star losing this summer https://t.co/4qdPM1ado4— #UFC214 CyborgNation (@criscyborg) July 12, 2017
Are you sure Dana would let you? Seeing as he doesn't seem to let you do much else? https://t.co/M5cDwnbGXx— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) July 12, 2017
Ariel and Chase still beefing hard.
I think while I'm in New York, I'll kick down the doors to @arielhelwani studio and take over the show for a day. #VGTakeoverNY pic.twitter.com/pKW0tiBMrh— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) July 12, 2017
You or your social media team? https://t.co/SXQklQwwti— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 12, 2017
Nunes teasing her return.
If you haven't seen the movie "The Great White Hype" before the maymac fight I would give it a watch. We are living it.— Tony Martin (@tmartinmma) July 12, 2017
Maybe now that he’s won an ESPY Dana and Co. will figure out a way to market him.
When is this waiting game going to end? @MightyMouseUFC @danawhite @Mickmaynard2— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) July 12, 2017
Talita Nogueira (6-0) vs. Gabrielle Holloway (6-5); Bellator 182, Aug. 25.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2002: Matt Hughes avenged his controversial slam win over Carlos Newton, stopping him with punches in the fourth round of the main event of UFC 38, retaining his welterweight title.
2013: Cris Cyborg won the inaugural Invicta Featherweight championship by knocking out Marloes Coenen in the fourth round of the main event of Invicta FC 6.
2016: Tony Ferguson submitted Lando Vannata with a d’arce choke at UFC Fight Night 91.
Another day in the books with raucous trash talk coming from both sides. Let’s go to the scoreboard to see who is currently winning this vigorous competition.
Mayweather: 2 McGregor: 2.
Yep. Still tied up with both men winning handily and laughing their asses off all the way to the bank. To be fair to them though, it was an exceptional show. Both men are playing their roles to absolute perfection, hitting all the right notes, and proving themselves masters of their craft. This is the spectacle everyone wanted and today they delivered. Two more to go.
Take it easy y’all and Conor bless.
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