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.