UFC President Dana White was absolutely right, and he called it. This whole Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor world tour is absolutely insane. The two marquee names in the combat sports world took to Los Angeles early Tuesday to kick off their MayMac World Press Tour.
Given that the two fighters are excellent self-promoters, everyone pretty much expected loads of trash talking. Both Mayweather and McGregor did not disappoint.
Pretty Boy Floyd is Back
Over the past few years Mayweather has had a more laid back approach to pre-fight build ups. Earlier in his career, Mayweather was a big trash talker. He would put on a scene to sell his fights. And it has arguably led to him being the biggest name in the sport of all-time. People love drama, and it sells. Mayweather has been a master of it.
But over the past few years, he’s taken a step back and opted for a calmer persona. Can’t blame him, he’s already put in the work. Being that this McGregor fight could break all sorts of records however, Mayweather felt the need to bring a little bit of that brashness back.
Speaking to reporters at a scrum, Mayweather mentioned that, for the fans, he was bringing his Pretty Boy Floyd persona back on this press tour. For those who have followed his career, Mayweather was known as “Pretty Boy Floyd” before he became “Money”.
What resulted was a little more animation from Mayweather on the microphone. He went right at McGregor with his own verbal barrage.
Who Has the Better Microphone Skills?
If there is one thing that we learned at the first stop of this press tour, it’s that Conor McGregor is a superior microphone presence to Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor was absolutely on point for his witty one-liners and quips. It was hilarious. Several members of the media can be seen laughing their faces off at press row. To be honest, Mayweather looked a little out of his element. He was definitely outshone on the stage by the Irish phenom.
After the big showing in front of 11,000 fans at Staples Center, McGregor took to backstage to face the media once more. Somehow though, a familiar face found his way into the presser.
Watch This Verbal Back and Forth Between McGregor and Mayweather Sr.
Floyd Joy Mayweather Sr., father and trainer of Mayweather Jr., was able to sneak into the presser. He immediately went right at McGregor in the midst of press questions and McGregor did not back down.
What ensued was a hilarious exchange between the two outspoken individuals.
“The old man came — and I don’t know who’s who, I got confused — but the old man came and he was saying some stuff,” McGregor told reporters. “So whatever, I don’t know.”
Immediately after that, Mayweather Sr. was heard in the back shouting.
“Like what, son? I will beat your ass, I will beat your ass,” said Mayweather Sr, to which McGregor aptly retorted: “You’ll get your chance on Aug. 26, Junior.”
Watch the whole sequence for a barrel of laughs.