Friday 18 August 2017

'I'm about to quadruple my net worth for half a fight' - McGregor signs off press tour with confident claim

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Dana White splits Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor apart during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Dana White splits Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor apart during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

If the McGregor vs Mayweather press tour started with a bang in Las Vegas, then it ended with a bit of a whimper in London as the two fighters tried to match the energy of the circus-like atmosphere present at the three preceding events.

Mayweather seemed barely interested as he strode around the ring at Wembley Arena, occasionally throwing out a barb but mostly just prowling and screaming 'yeah'. McGregor unloaded insult after insult on his opponent, but lacked the stamina of the previous events in Las Vegas, New York and Toronto, but managed to avoid repeating some of the more controversial remarks that raised eyebrows this week.

The Dubliner arrived first in the ring, dancing on his own as he waited for his rival. When the unbeaten boxer did arrive, McGregor stalked Mayweather, dancing behind him as he mimed spanking him on the behind.

The UFC champion was first up on the microphone and summed up the obscene amount of money he is set to make.

"I'm about to quadruple my net worth for half a f*****g fight," McGregor said.

"You mean nobody is going to kick, nobody is going to elbow, and it is against this b***h? A 40-year-old."

 

The topics for discussion were the shape of Mayweather's head, his dress sense and the size of his arms.

The one time McGregor wasn't hurling insults in Mayweather's direction was when he was asked about the impact of the Irish fans, which drew a more measured response from the Dubliner.

"My home country is very dear to my heart," he said.

"Everyone around the world knows about the Irish fans, they are not to be messed with. Floyd has never fought an Irishman before but when he gets in the ring he will feel."

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