VIDEO: 'I’m a Daddy now....what more motivation could you need' - Emotional McGregor vows to beat Mayweather
Conor McGregor has vowed to knock-out Floyd Mayweather inside four rounds after claiming he is inspired to victory in his professional boxing debut by his new-born son Conor Jnr.
Amid the familiar bravado and expletive-laden boasts from McGregor as he taunted his rival during their first press conference to promote their August 26th showdown in Las Vegas, the Dubliner also showed a different side to his character as he offered up some emotional words directed at his son.
“A shout out to my little son, Conor Jnr watching back home,” declared McGregor, who appeared in a sharp suit as he tried to outshine a tracksuit wearing McGregor. “I’m a Daddy now and he is the perfect motivation for me to go on and conquer the unconquerable.
“My little boy…to provide for him and set him up for life. What more motivation could you need.
“I just look at him and it pushes me on to keep going and keep doing these record breaking events.”
McGregor went on to suggest he was ready to shock the sporting world by knocking out his unbeaten rival in double quick time.
“He will be unconscious inside four rounds,” added McGregor. "“The movement, the power, the ferociousness. He’s not experienced this. He’s fought people who have shied away fro, him. I don’t fear this limited set of fighting.
"This is a limited set of rules that makes this half a fight, a quarter of a fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round. ... What can I say, I’m a young confident happy man that has worked extremely hard for this.
“The movement, the power, the ferociousness, he hasn’t seen it before. This is a limited set of rules, it makes this half a fight, a quarter of a fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t take a round.
“All I need is a gumshield. Line me up to the ring and let me go.”
Mayweather was a little less convincing when he took to the stage, with a stumbling start focusing on his wealth quickly ridiculed by McGregor, who highlighted the America’s recent problems with a hefty tax bill.
Amid insults and predictions he would win the fight in double quick time, Mayweather also praised McGregor for taking the fight.
In front of a hugely pro-McGregor crowd, the Irishman clearly won the battle of words in this first head-to-head meeting, with this media roadshow set to roll on to Canada on Wednesday.