Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor world media tour stormed into New York on Thursday with the fighters unleashing more profanity-laced attacks on each other as they looked to build up interest in their light middleweight boxing bout.
On the third stop of four-day, four-city barnstorming blitz to promote their Aug. 26 Las Vegas clash, the witty barbs that characterized their exchanges Los Angeles and Toronto were replaced by what appeared to be real venom.
As the protracted pantomime took place on stage in front of over 10,000 baying fans at Wembley, McGregor and Mayweather traded profanities. “Four years ago I fought in London at The Forum in front of about 500 people. Now here I am about to quadruple my net worth with one half a fight. Sign me up. No one is going to kick, knee or elbow. And it’s against this little b****,” the UFC fighter said.
McGregor went on a long rant, pulling the crowd to his side, taunting the American. “I’m going to knock you out on August 26. You have made a big mistake, for the money. I’m going to destroy your legacy.”
While fans made it a carnival atmosphere at Wembley Arena, the pair lowered the tone on stage barely 24 hours after Mayweather accused the Irishman of racism on day three in New York.
Addressing the crowd in Brooklyn on Thursday, McGregor had said: “All of the media seem to be saying I’m against black people… Do they not know I’m half black? I’m half black from the belly button down.
The hugely partisan crowd was in favour of the Irishman with many of McGregor’s countrymen making the journey to the British capital.
Mayweather was constantly told to ‘sit down, shut up’ among other taunts as McGregor had the better of the exchanges ahead of the fight next month.
There was also controversy as the American aimed a homophobic slur at his rival amid the race row which has marred the press conferences over the course of the last few days.
Mayweather and just about every member of his entourage, before once again telling Mayweather that he will win their August 26 super-fight within four rounds.
Mayweather then stood up to give his speech, but was drowned out by the sound of the London crowd, who were very much in McGregor’s corner.
Both men took part in a brief Q&A session before the press conference ended, although a hoarse Mayweather struggled to answer any questions.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor “World Tour” is coming to an end. After a dismal Brooklyn presser, the two superstars have made their way to London, England for the finale of this four-city, three-country stretch of press conferences. Let’s hope London isn’t another Brooklyn or Los Angeles, but instead similar (or better than) Toronto.
You can either watch the May-Mac World Tour: London event on television on Fox Sports 2 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT, or if you don’t have FS2 (spoiler: you probably don’t), watch the free live stream at the top of the page at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t start on time.
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August 26 Las Vegas clash, the witty barbs that characterised their exchanges Los Angeles and Toronto were replaced by what appeared to be real venom.
UFC champion McGregor traded in the stylish suits he wore on the previous two legs of the tour for psychedelic pants and a furry white coat worn over a bare, tattooed chest.
Admitting he is well past his best, 40-year-old Mayweather added: “I’m a lot older and not same FM as 20 years ago, not even FM of two years ago.
“Young guys in gym are pushing me and helping me prepare for this. But it only counts under the lights. Look at the matchup and everything leans towards Conor McGregor. He’s taller, got a longer reach, he’s in his 20s and he’s active and I’m inactive. He’s a stand-up fighter.”
Confirming that it would be his last fight, Mayweather added: “I gave my word to Al Haymon [his manager] that this would be my last fight. I promised him.”
Floyd Mayweather, who he takes on in a controversial boxing match in August, the fighter chose to clarify things and address his critics head on Thursday evening by claiming he can’t be racist because he’s “half black from the bellybutton down.” As if that wasn’t enough he continued by offering a gift to his “beautiful black female fans” and then grinding his crotch against the air whilst sporting a gaunt smirk over wildly masticating teeth.
The bravado, insults and cocky swaggering are at times as much a part of boxing as the actual fighting. But here McGregor has stepped over a line he doesn’t seem to be able to see. Speaking to press after his comments at the Barclays Centre, the UFC champion defended himself once again, saying “I am a very multicultural individual. I do not have any ill feelings towards anyone. I do not even see colour.
It was, explained the 49-0 boxer, the greatest promotion he has ever been involved with. “Three countries, four cities, four days. Its gruelling. Hotel, pack bags, onto the next. Try to eat and squeeze schedule. But it is the best ever.”