Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor press tour is officially underway after starting Tuesday in Los Angeles. It heads to Toronto, Canada on Wednesday and was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET. The beginning of the press conference was delayed, with Showtime saying fans were still streaming inside to watch it.
Coverage of the event will be streamed live on YouTube via Showtime, as well as by the UFC. Television coverage will be provided by Fox Sports 2 and the event will also be streamed on the Fox Sports GO App.
More importantly, though, are questions about the formats of the remaining press conferences. In the world of mixed martial arts, McGregor turned them into spectacles with quick retorts to claims and comments made by other fighters. In Los Angeles, he didn’t have that opportunity.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor press conference in Los Angeles leave you feeling unsatisfied? Disappointed? Underwhelmed? Well there are three more “World Tour” pressers to go, so hopefully we see a reduction in old people making boring speeches, Dana White trying to shatter eardrums with his McGregor introductions, more back-and-forth between Mayweather and McGregor, questions taken from media and/or fans, and for better trash-talk to be had by both men!
Press conference number two takes place at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday, July 12th. You can either watch it on television on Fox Sports 2 at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT, or if you like your press conferences uncensored, watch the free live stream at the top of the page at 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT.
Instead the presser opened with lengthy speeches from boxing promoters in front of an impatient crowd. When McGregor interrupted Mayweather’s turn for a speech, his microphone was cut.
The two faced off on stage and adopted different approaches. McGregor was playful, talking and moving. Mayweather stayed still and stony-faced as the mind games began.
Unfortunately this was a boxing press conference, so unlike UFC events where president Dana White immediately asks for questions, we were forced to wait for the suits to make long-winded statements. Fittingly, they were booed.
But the crowd exploded as White introduced McGregor — and the two division champ immediately targeted Mayweather’s dress sense.
Mayweather wasn’t the only one who may have regretted their wardrobe choice. TV presenter Karyn Bryant was caught out when the live feed of the press conference Fox Sports was carrying suddenly cut out.
It didn’t stop McGregor from shining in the moment or Mayweather from stepping out of character a bit to play showman for the Staples Center crowd. But the highlight of the day was likely the banter between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Sr., who crashed the media Q&A portion of the Irishman’s day
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The Crumlin brawler donned an expletive-laden suit at the Staples Center last night and will surely have more tricks up his sleeve tonight as he tries to antagonise and psych out the undefeated Mayweather ahead of their August 26 bout.
McGregor has vowed to knock Floyd Mayweather out inside four rounds when the pair meet in a Las Vegas boxing match next month.
McGregor has never boxed as an amateur or professionally but will face undefeated former multiple world champion Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena on August 26 under normal boxing rules.
However, the 28-year-old Dubliner is confident he can achieve something which proved beyond the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Saul Alvarez and Oscar de la Hoya and beat the American.
Today’s event streams LIVE from inside Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at 5:30 p.m. ET in the embedded video above, though if it’s anything like yesterday’s “shit show,” it may take some time (and a few musical numbers) before our headliners take the stage.
McGregor kept up with the barbs. “I don’t fear him, I don’t fear his limited set,” McGregor added. “This isn’t a true fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t take one round.”
Despite being promoted as a press conference, there weren’t any opportunities for the media to ask the fighters questions.
Instead, they both spoke for about 10 minutes each and the format played into Mayweather’s favour as the usual back-and-forth which McGregor thrives in was limited.
The talkative two will continue their promotional duties tomorrow afternoon (July 14) in Brooklyn, New York, then wrap things up at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on Friday. Each event will include fighter staredowns (see yesterday’s here) and individual media scrums.