Saturday 18 November 2017

Floyd Mayweather uses an Irish flag to taunt Conor McGregor in their latest face-off

TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on stage during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at Budweiser Stage on July 12, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on stage during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at Budweiser Stage on July 12, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Floyd Mayweather got personal in his second face-off with Conor McGregor ahead of their mega-fight on August 26th - as he taunted his rival by draping himself in the Irish tricolour.

After the duo started their promotional tour with a somewhat comical press conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the pair moved their roadshow to Toronto, Canada for an event that delighted a huge crowd assembled.

Once again, the majority of the support from those in attendance went in the direction of McGregor, with Mayweather jeered on for large parts of his appearance on stage.

UFC king McGregor kicked-off proceedings with a typically confident display of bravado, as he delighted his fans with some lavish boasts ahead of his professional boxing debut.

McGregor got the the biggest cheer of the night when he calls Mayweather "the biggest b**** in boxing" and he then taunted his opponent's dress sense as he barked: "Look how good I look. And then look at him. Look at how he's dressed. Dress your age - you're 40!"

Mayweather responded with some good lines of his own, with McGregor laughing as he offered up this quip: "They say I've spent my entire career running, but I've spent my entire career running to the bank."

TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor faceoff during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at Budweiser Stage on July 12, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor faceoff during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at Budweiser Stage on July 12, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

It was pantomime stuff and cynics of this event will argue this latest publicity stunt added to the circus feel that is developing a round this fight.

Maywather argued in a post-press conference interview that he was 'merely giving the fans what they want to see', as he showed plenty of respect for McGregor.

"Anything can happen in this fight," said the boxer who will enter the ring with an immaculate 49-0 record.

"The two biggest names in combat sport are coming together and I'm proud this event is happening."

Amid the trash talk, it is clear that McGregor and Mayweather appreciate they need to sell a fight that continues to attract plenty of criticism, but it is hard to know whether these chaotic press conferences are helping or hindering that effort.

TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Conor McGregor speaks during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at Budweiser Stage on July 12, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Conor McGregor speaks during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at Budweiser Stage on July 12, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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