Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s massive four-city press tour kicked off earlier today (Tues., July 11, 2017) inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. And, well, things happened. I figured the best way to go about this would be to type as I watched, so if you have any issues with stream-of-consciousness stuff, blame that.
Paulie Malignaggi, Mauro Ranallo and Brendon Schaub opened things up with assorted chatter while generic music blared in the background. This went on for a little under twenty minutes, after which Aloe Blacc and his troupe of background dancers held a performance of his new tune “King is Born.”
Then they chatted more.
McGregor popped in at about 5:30 ET and posed for a while. Then a lot of unpleasant sounds happened and Floyd came out while Conor danced. Jimmy Lennon Jr. brought in Showtime head honcho Stephen Espinoza once all was settled.
Espinoza talked up the fight, brought up Floyd buying out his contract for $750,000 a decade ago and the obscene money he’s made since. More Mayweather fluffing ensued.
Richard Sturm from MGM Resorts International came up next. The crowd didn’t really pay attention, only erupting when Conor raised a hand to pump them up mid-sentence.
The attendees cared a bit more when Dana White came up and YELLED A LOT while introducing McGregor, who immediately showed his disdain for the previous speakers. Okay, time for some soundbites.
“I couldn’t hear anything those motherfu**ers said, thank f*ck.”
“He’s in a fu**in’ tracksuit. He can’t even afford a suit anymore.”
“His little legs, his little core, his little head. I’m gonna knock him out within four rounds, mark my words.”
“I can do what the f*ck I want up here.”
“He’s fought people who’ve shied away from him.”
“This is half a fight. A quarter of a fight...if this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round.”
“I’ve got my own line of suits coming out.”
“I don’t give a sh*t about gloves or any of that.”
“Floyd has a problem [with MMA] but doesn’t want to come over and deal with it.”
Back to Jimmy Lennon, then Leonard Ellerbe to introduce Floyd. AIRHORNS!!!!!
Now for some Floyd quotes. After he finished waving his arms for a while and leading the crowd in his “HARD WORK” “DEDICATION” routine.
“21 is the number. They say ‘why’s 21 the number?’ That’s how long I’ve been kicking ass. I don’t give a f*ck if it’s the ring, I don’t give a f*ck if it’s in the Octagon.”
Conor: “Don’t be talking shit. You do give a f*ck if it’s in the Octagon.”
Floyd: “August 26th? I’mma knock this b*tch out, too.”
Then he shadowboxed for a while before grabbing a backpack and showing off the $100 million check he hasn’t cashed.
Conor: “That’s for the taxman.”
Floyd: “He look good for a seven-figure fighter, he look good for an eight-figure fighter, but motherfu**er I’m a nine-figure fighter. This b*tch made $3 million his last fight. We know that’s training camp money for me.”
Then he thanked Conor and Dana.
“August 26th? That’s yo’ ass. You name ‘em and I’ll beat ‘em.”
“You want eight-ounce gloves on, let’s put eight-ounce gloves on. You want four-ounce gloves, let’s put four-ounce gloves on.”
Conor: “Let’s do four-ounce!”
Floyd: “I’m not the same fighter I was ten years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was five years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago. But I got enough to beat you. And we know Mr. Tapout like to quit.”
“You’re going out on your face or on your back. Now which way you wanna go?”
Conor: “I’m here right now. Do something.”
Floyd: “You can get it right now. You want me to give it to him right now? Nah, we’re gonna save that for the payday.”
“God only made one thing perfect and that’s my boxing record.”
Face-to-face posing. More talking ensued but without a mic we couldn’t understand a thing. Watching them jaw while Jimmy Lennon yammered was fun, though. They continued for some time.
Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor LA Press Conference Face Off # 2 https://t.co/hPBuPCwq5G— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) July 11, 2017
Toronto, NYC, and London later this week. No contact, but Dana did drag Conor away.
Well that was fun.