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Conor McGregor: If Floyd Mayweather’s bodyguards swarm me again, ‘something will have to happen’

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor-World Tour
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing fight at Barclays Center.
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A fracas nearly broke out Thursday at the Brooklyn stop of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor world tour.

Midway through Mayweather’s set, the undefeated boxer shouted “yo, form Voltron,” prompting his bodyguards to instantly swarm around McGregor. McGregor’s team, including striking coach Owen Roddy, quickly rushed to McGregor’s defense, and for a moment it appeared that a brawl would erupt on the stage at the Barclays Center.

Cooler heads ultimately prevailed, but afterward McGregor was not pleased by the encounter.

“Juicehead fools,” McGregor said at the post-event press conference. “I don’t know, man. I didn’t even see them until they were on top of me. I was like, ‘what?’ and then everybody was pushing and shoving. But, handbags, we call that back where I come from. It means it’s nothing, it’s just handbags. It’s just a term we use.”

Mayweather and McGregor are scheduled to meet Aug. 26 in a 12-round boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The press conference in Brooklyn marked the third day of a four-day tour that ends Friday in London, England. Tensions between Mayweather and McGregor have seemingly risen with every stop, but McGregor warned that if an incident like Thursday’s happens again in London, things will end much differently for Mayweather’s team.

“We’re having a good time, but I’ll tell you what, if those f*cking juiceheads [do that again], I’ll slap the hell out of all of them,” McGregor said. “If something like that happens at the next one, something will have to happen.”

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