Floyd Mayweather made an interesting statement today, and it spurred a response from Conor McGregor
When August 26 finally rolls around, the amount of trash talk between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather could probably fill a book. From the period before the fight booking, to the insane world tour and the social media battles, we’ve had our fair share.
Aside from the usual jibber jabber there’s been a lot of talk about small advantages. Known for his pre-fight demands, Mayweather was ridiculed by McGregor for allegedly requesting larger gloves for the contest.
During a statement released today on Instagram, ‘Money’ put out an offer to McGregor:
Mayweather Offers Small Glove Advantage
Don’t believe what you hear in the media. Don’t believe what you hear on blog sites. If it’s not coming directly from me, then it’s not true. I’m telling McGregor, “Let’s fight in 8 oz gloves”. McGregor can fight in any brand he prefers or chooses.
I’ll be wearing 8 oz Grant gloves. Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I’m willing to accommodate. Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.
McGregor responded instantly to the post with the following image and comments:
Another handy 12 rounds today. We are prepared to destroy Floyd. Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man. I fight with 4oz. I don’t give a fuck about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands.
Leaping through the air during sparring, an indicator of McGregor’s gameplan or more mind games? If you recognise that referee, that’s because it’s uber-veteran boxing ref Joe Cortez.
According to Cortez, the sparring between McGregor and the pictured Paulie Malignaggi got pretty heated:
“He handled himself pretty good with Paulie. That guy can pop. He was in there mixing it up a little bit with Paulie and it was the real thing,” he said. “They was no messing around. In fact, I had to stop the action and I had to say, ‘Alright guys, you guys are a little out of control here, you gotta stop this.’ It got a little rough.”
“They were both roughing each other up and I had to stop the action like in a regular fight. They were holding too much, they were trying to punch each other. I mean, it got a little bit out of control where I had to call ‘Time!’
“(I said) ‘Alright guys, you gotta stop this right now. I want a good clean round. Give me sportsman-like conduct. Understand? I don’t want to take any points from either one of you. Do you understand??’ I looked at them and they said, ‘Okay, alright.’ And I said, ‘Time in.’”
“I had to put a stop to (the trash talking) as well,” said Cortez. “That’s part of why I had to stop the action.”