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Mic check: Showtime denies muting Conor McGregor during Floyd Mayweather press conference

UFC 205: Press Conference Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor was getting shit on by Floyd Mayweather Jr. last Tuesday when “Money” took the stage during the first leg of their world tour press conference in Los Angeles.

Watch it again here.

While “Notorious” was given a microphone, he was unable to retort, suddenly silenced after one single outburst. Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans speculated that Showtime — in bed with Mayweather after a monster contract deal — was playing favorites.

Not according to Showtime Sports vice president Stephen Espinoza:

“At no point did Showtime or event productions cut any microphones intentionally during Tuesday’s kickoff event in Los Angeles. The point of this world tour is to let these superstars interact with the fans and with each other. Cutting their mics would go against our goal of delivering these fighters to the masses and letting their charismatic and entertaining personalities take center stage.”

I’m sure it was just a coincidence.

After a second stop in Toronto on Wednesday (watch the replay here), McGregor will take the stage for round three of their world tour presser (promoting this) when he joins “Money” at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

For much more on that visit, as well as Friday’s stop in London, click here.

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