The two superstars are currently in the midst of a four-stop, four-day promotional tour — which will culminate Friday inside London’s Wembley Arena.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor International Press Tour
Wednesday: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
Thursday: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Friday, SSE Arena, London, England
Until now, every jab and insult between the two has been over social media. This man-to-man tour is the “fight before the fight” in a sense, and some believe it will prove to be more compelling than what happens in the ring.
ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael and his MMA counterpart Brett Okamoto are here to recap every stop of this Mayweather-McGregor tour and provide their respective scorecards of who wins the verbal warfare.
Conor McGregor will take part in the biggest fight of his career.
On August 26, the reigning UFC lightweight champion will take on Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather in a boxing match.
Floyd Mayweather got the best of Conor McGregor in their first world tour faceoff, the Irish UFC star has been declared an overwhelming winner in the second instalment.
The first press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday was explosive but things went to a whole new level in the second stop in Toronto on Thursday (AEST).
After seemingly being caught off guard a day earlier, McGregor came out all guns blazing with a stunning opening address (watch it below!)
Conor is different because he doesn’t think like a boxer,” says Sutcliffe, who went to the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games for Ireland. “Conor thinks like an octagon fighter. They move back to land a punch so they don’t get caught in a grapple. Conor is a master of that.
“Mayweather likes to fight beautiful fighters but when someone is different, is he able to handle it? Conor is that, he’s special. Special in the way he throws punches, the way he carries himself. Why can’t he clip him? Just one second, that’s all it takes and he’d change the rhythm of the fight.
DiBella said Wednesday during Bellator NYC media day in Manhattan. “It’s a friggin’ spectacle. It’s not a boxing match. It’s a spectacle.”
DiBella was there because he, too, has a stake in this whole boxing/mixed martial arts crossover. His company, DiBella Entertainment, promotes undefeated two-division boxing champion Heather Hardy, who makes her MMA debut on Saturday as Bellator hosts its first New York City card at Madison Square Garden.
“Conor’s got a big mouth,” DiBella said. “He’s a great promoter, might be the best self-promoter in the history of MMA, arguably. Sometimes he’s not my cup of tea, but other times I’m very amused by him.”
McGregor and Mayweather will box on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on pay-per-view. Many think the buy rate could rival the record-setting 4.4 million PPV buys for Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in 2015
Mayweather vs. McGregor, a fight which finally came to being last month, will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Before the two biggest names in combat sports throw down with one another, they will take part in an international press tour.
So, after being on the wrong end of making blatantly false statements the day before, Mayweather evened it up in that regard.
And the boxing promoters that are, like, crying and weeping and being little blanks about it, it’s jealousy and childish BS. Take it for what it is. No one is sitting there going this is the pound-for-pound boxing championship of the world. No, this is Conor McGregor against Floyd Mayweather. It’s a one-of-a-kind event, and I wanna see it as fun. And you know what, it’s happening because a lot of people want to see it. So shut the blank up and just stop. Chill out. It ain’t that serious
McGregor had his share of hits, including an attack on one “weaselly” Showtime executive, whom he blames for silencing his mic in Los Angeles, and reminding everyone of his 13-second conquest of Jose Aldo — but it was Mayweather who stepped up in hostile territory and landed the harder shots.