Mayweather vs. McGregor Press Tour Kicks Off
It certainly feels weird seeing Mayweather and McGregor jawing at each other in a press conference. The fact that Mayweather, the former pound-for-pound king of boxing, and McGregor the current UFC lightweight champion will fight each other in just six weeks is still a bizarre one, but it does appear that it will happen.
Kicking off the worldwide tour to promote the fight, Mayweather and McGregor, alongside UFC president Dana White, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Showtime Sports Executive VP Stephen Espinoza, went to Los Angeles and Toronto July 11 and 12 respectively, and now head New York and London from July 13 & 14.
From the first couple of days of the tour, it appears that McGregor was the clear winner in terms of trash talk. McGregor had plenty of material to work with and didn't hesitate to take numerous jabs at Mayweather regarding his age, his clothes, his alleged insistence on fighting under certain terms within boxing rules and even his recent troubles with the IRS.
McGregor even made a fashion statement on the first day of the tour, wearing suit where the stripes spelled out "F*ck You."
One of the highlights from the second day of the tour saw Mayweather tricking a fan into throwing him an Irish flag. Instead of giving it to McGregor, he drapes it over his shoulders. McGregor responds by doing a search of Mayweather's money-filled backpack. McGregor remained as confident and brash as ever, reminding the fans that it only takes one punch from him to finish a fight.
As McGregor was talking in the press conference in Los Angeles, he made a comment about Mayweather's father and how it's hard to differentiate both Mayweathers, confusing Floyd Mayweather Sr. for his son as the 64-year-old came into the press room. McGregor would jokingly confuse both Mayweathers, calling the elder Mayweather "Junior" and that they'll fight on August 26 as planned.
“The old man came and I don’t know who’s who," McGregor said. "I got confused, but the old man came and was saying some stuff. So whatever, I don’t know.”
Mayweather Sr. then burst into the back of the room calling out the UFC champion.
“Like what son? I will beat your ass. I will beat your ass,” Mayweather Sr. said.
The ticket prices for the fight have been announced and are as follows: $500, $1,500, $2,500, $3,500, $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000. Other fights are expected to be announced shortly, with a portion of the preliminary card airing live on Fox.
If there was any doubt as to whether or not the tour would be a success, then the 11,000 people that attended the Los Angeles press conference is a pretty clear indication that this show could do monster numbers. Showtime Sports' official YouTube channel's uploaded videos of the first two full press confereces have garnered at least 4.4 million views as of the morning of July 13.
The press tour was loud, brash and filled with profanity, which is exactly what fans were hoping for.
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