Sunday 17 December 2017

Tricolours and taunts as McGregor verbally pummels Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather with an Irish flag in the press conference with Conor McGregor in Toronto. Photo: AP
Floyd Mayweather with an Irish flag in the press conference with Conor McGregor in Toronto. Photo: AP

Chris Graham

The Conor McGregor circus was in full swing - with a trademark foul-mouthed tirade against his opponent.

The Irish tricolour even featured in the trash-talking as the MMA fighter from Dublin sparred verbally with boxer Floyd Mayweather ahead of their fight in Las Vegas next month. The purse on offer is an eye-watering €150m.

Facing off against the American in the second round of their media tour ahead of the much-anticipated fight, the Crumlin man, known as 'The Notorious', pummelled the undefeated former five-weight world champion with F-word insults.

The 28-year-old joked about Mayweather's tax problems and even took a swipe at his adversary's much-rumoured illiteracy.

Mayweather was booed throughout by the 16,000 crowd in Toronto, Canada, which included a large number of Irish fans, who McGregor whipped into a frenzy.

Mayweather taunted his rival by draping himself in an Irish tricolour taken from a fan in the front row.

McGregor threatened to "f***" him up and was then handed the tricolour, which he proceeded to throw back into the crowd.

McGregor has never boxed professionally, but will take on Mayweather under normal boxing rules.

After McGregor's microphone appeared to be cut as Mayweather spoke in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Irishman declared to the raucous crowd in Toronto: "Does this mic work? Then f***that mic.

"Cut my mic off? Cut the champ's mic off? Hell no.

"They're trying to throw me off and set me in an uncomfortable position but I thrive in uncomfortable positions.

"I'm 28 years old and I'm getting fight cheques and promoter cheques."

Responding to a McGregor quip that he cannot read, Mayweather - who had produced a cheque for $100m (€87.7m) on Tuesday - said: "They said I'm the mother f***er that can't read: I do numbers, I make money."

Referring to his tax problems, McGregor responded: "You owe money." The media tour continued in New York last night, before the pair appear in London today.

Irish Independent

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