Thursday 27 July 2017

Gary Lineker not a fan of 'cringeworthy' McGregor vs Mayweather press conference

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) faces off for the first time with UFC fighter Conor McGregor during a press call at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on July 11, 2017.
The two will fight August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Gene Blevins
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) faces off for the first time with UFC fighter Conor McGregor during a press call at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on July 11, 2017. The two will fight August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Gene Blevins
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Gary Lineker has joined the debate over Conor McGregor’s showdown with Floyd Mayweather, after what was widely condemned as a cringe-worthy first press conference in Las Vegas on Monday night.

UFC champion McGregor traded verbal blows with unbeaten boxer Mayweather in front of a raucous crowd who appeared to be lapping up the spectacle, but boxing aficionados were more than a little uncomfortable by the chaos.

With three more press conferences featuring McGregor and Mayweather on the agenda this week, we can expect more of the same insults and probably an onstage scuffle before the week is out, as the publicity machine behind what is being billed as ‘the fight of the year’ gathers momentum.

Yet football legend and Match of the Day host Lineker was among those questioning the authenticity of the pre-fight hype, even though he appears to be relishing the prospect of the two men going head to head in the ring in Las Vegas on August 26th.

The hype is all designed to ignite sales for American TV’s pay-per-view package for the fight, with fans being asked to pay a hefty $99 if they want to watch the fight and a month long programme of build-up programming in HD.

Details of the pay-per-view deal to show the fight in Ireland and the UK have yet to be confirmed.

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