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I’ve never seen Conor McGregor fight. I don’t watch or care about MMA. That’s not a statement about, or condemnation of, McGregor or MMA; it speaks only to my own preferences and biases.

So this is a piece I’d never have written without Deadspin—or someone—suggesting it to me and offering to pay me for it. I’d have ignored the fight otherwise.

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But lately, at the urging of friends and as a requirement for writing this article, I’ve watched some videos of McGregor training and sparring in preparation for his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. They baffle me. I can’t figure out whether McGregor is a deluded megalomaniac who actually believes he can box, a total beginner who doesn’t care that he can’t box, or a performance artist with an agenda, deliberately presenting himself as the least gifted, most buffoonish prizefighter imaginable as a way to fuck with Mayweather’s followers. It’s not just that he’s a novice; it’s that he’s a talentless novice. No one could have taught him to be a good fighter, no matter how early in his life they’d gotten him started.

I wonder whether if at some level McGregor’s supporters are in denial about how entirely his usual fighting options will be unavailable to him in this fight. If McGregor were confined solely to boxing, Mayweather’s dad, Floyd Mayweather Sr., now 64 years old, would kick the shit out of him.

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The Score Floyd Mayweather May Be Too Dumb (Or Proud) To Make

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is the most successful fighter in boxing history. He’s a very good fighter, maybe even better than very good, but his success is predicated more on knowing how to call his own shots, astute matchmaking, an uncanny aptitude for reading the public, an unpleasant persona that guarantees that people will pay to see him get beat, and a cynicism for boxing fans that borders on contempt than on any extraordinary accomplishments in the ring.

If he didn’t care about the legacy he single-handedly constructed (and, as a brilliant con man playing out the string at the end of a long, long con, he shouldn’t care), his final stroke of genius would have been to bet against himself at the beginning of the odds cycle during the very brief time they were 225-1—before jackpot hunters and McGregor hysteria brought the line closer—and then lose the fight in a freakish manner that didn’t hurt his reputation or foreclose the possibility of a redemptive rematch and would allow him to walk away with an additional hundred million dollars or more.

That would be the ultimate fuck you. I don’t think Mayweather is smart enough or secure enough to pull it off.

Source : deadspin.com

World Best Boxing Network: Mayweather, McGregor, Abraham, Eubank, Roy Jones Jr., and more

SHOWTIME Sports will present the official live stream of the Mayweather vs. McGregor international press tour across digital platforms as boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor embark on a four-city, three country press tour to announce their Aug. 26 blockbuster event.

The live fully produced HD programs will be available via Facebook @ShowtimeBoxing, theYouTube @ShoSports channel, UFC.com and UFC FIGHT PASS. CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app for mobile and connected TV devices will simulcast all four events live with CBS Sports Network providing live coverage of Tuesday’s event from Los Angeles. The @CBSSports Facebook page will also simulcast coverage.

Mayweather and McGregor face off in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and London to officially announce their one-of-a-kind matchup taking place on Saturday, Aug. 26 live on SHOWTIME PPV® from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

SHOWTIME Sports announcer Mauro Ranallo will host coverage from Los Angeles with analysis from two-division world champion and SHOWTIME Boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi, former UFC fighter and current MMA analyst Brendan Schaub and MMA industry veteran Ariel Helwani. Helwani will take over hosting duties in live coverage from Toronto and New York alongside Malignaggi and Schaub. Details on coverage from the London event will be announced shortly.

TUESDAY, JULY 11 – Los Angeles Event
4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT from Staples Center
YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2t3bg0Y

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 – Toronto Event
5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT from Budweiser Stage
YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2uGxDLN

THURSDAY, JULY 13 – New York Event
5:30 p.m. ET/ 2:30 p.m. PT from Barclays Center In Brooklyn
YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2sFldT2

FRIDAY, JULY 14 – London Event
7 p.m. BST / 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT from The SEE Arena, Wembley
YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2t3AcFF

MAYWEATHER vs. MCGREGOR

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in an unprecedented event that takes place Saturday, August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event telecast is produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV.

WATCH LIVE: Mayweather-McGregor press conference streaming from Toronto

FANS sat glued to their screens awaiting Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s first live press conference as their world tour to promote their megafight began in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Thursday was round two in Toronto.

McGregor arrived dressed to impress — although today’s suit didn’t have anything written on it — while Mayweather was again happy to sport a more casual look. The boxing champion danced his way on-stage in a black T-shirt and cap and it wasn’t long before the two men were nose-to-nose trash-talking.

Fight fans were again merciless with Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza when he opened the event — booing so loud it was hard to hear him.

McGregor appeared a little unprepared for the format of boxing press conferences at yesterday’s opener — but he was on fire today.

 

He opened by asking “does this microphone work?” after having his switched off while Mayweather spoke in LA.

He then led the audience in a chant of “f*** the Mayweathers!” before turning his attention to “weasel” Espinoza. “F*** Showtime!” he said.

McGregor also thumbed his nose at criticism he was racist yesterday, repeating his demand Mayweather “dance for me boy”.

He again nailed Mayweather’s outfit, saying he looked like a “12-year-old break dancer b****”.

“You’re 40 f***ing years of age. Learn to dress,” McGregor said. “You’re carrying a schoolbag on stage. What do you need a schoolbag for? You can’t even read!”

The crowd was completely pro-McGregor — and as Mayweather took his turn to speak began chanting “pay your taxes”.

Mayweather’s attempts to lead another “hard work, dedication” chant fell flat, but he did draw McGregor in to agreeing to bet his whole fight purse on the result. We’ll see if that was just talk.

Mayweather tempted fate by draping an Irish flag around his shoulders. “You do something with that flag I’ll f*** you up,” McGregor said.

The Irishman grabbed Mayweather’s backpack and opened it — and didn’t find as much cash as he expected. “$5000, that’s it?” he said.

Mayweather handed McGregor the flag — and he threw it back at him.