'No cure for stupid' - Fake Conor McGregor message to Mayweather reported by Fox Sports
Published 06/01/2016 | 09:59
A post pretending to be from the UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was reported on Fox Sports last night.
Fox Sports Australia reported the post, which went viral yesterday, with an article headlined "Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather: UFC megastar ruins boxing legend in Facebook message".
The article has since been removed with the link now returning a 404 error on the Fox Sports website. However, the headline and teaser text of the article are still coming up in Google search results and the URL still reads 'Conor McGregor ruins Floyd Mayweather in brutal response to racism claim'.
The post in question was from a fake Conor McGregor page and appeared following Floyd Mayweather's reported comments around sport and racism, in which he claimed that the reason McGregor was lauded for his attitude and Mayweather was not was down to inherent racism in sport.
The post asked if Mayweather "would like a pad or a tampon?" and called the fighter a "little bitch" for "using skin colour as an excuse".
"The difference between you and me buddy is that I'm IRISH and you are not. When I fight men, women, children, cats and dogs stop for my fights"
"The reason I am loved is because I have never stepped down to a fight.. I am not a man who picks and chooses his fights out of fear".
"You can have all the money and power in the world and drive the fastest cars but like I said before, precision beats power and timing beats speed".
"Love the man you want to be, Conor McGregor".
The post was left on the page by a profile pretending to be Conor McGregor, from a private Facebook account that lists him as 'single' and contains only three photos - two taken from news media websites and one from Conor's Twitter account.
Over 120,000 people liked the fake posts and over 50,000 shared it before it was deleted. The fake profile then went on to set up a 'Conor McGregor Club' fan page which 13,000 people liked, despite the real Conor McGregor already having a page with over two million fans on Facebook.
The post was first shared on Reddit where it quickly worked its way to the front page. A second thread outing the post as fake was then shared two hours later, which did not make it to the front page.
McGregor's coach John Kavanagh tweeted about the post going viral, writing "No cure for stupid".
MMA website 'LowKickMMA' also reported the message as being from the champion, calling him "the definition of a trash talker".