McGregor and Mayweather trade praise not profanities
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[August 24, 2017]
By Steve Keating
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Reuters) - Conor
McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. declared a truce on Wednesday
after weeks of vicious verbal attacks, offering praise instead of
profanities at the final press conference ahead of their much
Since the fight between undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed
martial arts champion McGregor was announced in June, the two men
took part in a profanity laced world tour to hype a bout that has
been met with both skepticism and excitement.
The final press conference ahead of Saturday's fight, however, was
closer to a love-in than a battle field with Mayweather, in
particular, complimenting the man who has questioned everything from
his manhood to his fashion sense.
"Conor McGregor had a hell of a career, he's still got a hell of a
career," said Mayweather. "He's a hell of a fighter, he's a stand up
guy, a tough competitor.
"It's not going to be an easy fight. There will be blood sweat and
McGregor was far less effusive in his compliments but after months
of mercilessly attacking Mayweather said he welcomed the pause in
"There's been a lot of crazy press conferences, this is a lot more
subdued, a lot more business like the way I like it ... sometimes,"
After the two had turned the air blue with profanity during the
earlier media tour, Mayweather went the entire press conference on
Wednesday without swearing.
McGregor could not hold his tongue but saved his venom for a member
of Mayweather's "Money Team" who taunted him from the audience,
telling him he was going to be knocked out.
"Not by you, whoever you are," countered McGregor. "Tell that bitch
to shut up," the Irishman growled while looking at Mayweather, who
later chastised the member of his team.
The restrained tone of Wednesday's media conference underscored the
high stakes of what is expected to be the richest fight in boxing
with McGregor in line for $100 million payday and Mayweather as much
as $200 million.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and Conor McGregor of Ireland
pose during a news conference in Las Vegas, Nevada U.S. on August
23, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
While boxing purists and pundits have denounced the
fight as nothing more than a laughable cash grab it has nonetheless
captured the fascination of fans.
Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza said the fight, which will be
distributed in more than 200 countries, is on pace to smash pay per
While the fiery rhetoric was toned down, both remain confident of
"I will go forward, I will put the pressure on him and break this
old man," said McGregor, who said he expected to end the 12-round
bout inside two rounds. "Trust me on that.
"I am going to out box this man at his own game."
The only message Mayweather had for McGregor was his record
reminding him that he was trying to do something that no one has
ever been able to do; beat him.
"I know one thing I can do I can fight," said Mayweather. "I can
give it and I can take it
"But for me to be 49-0 it is obvious I have been giving it and not
"Anything and everything in boxing that can be done, I've done it. I
was born a fighter, I will die a fighter."
(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)
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