He is known for outlandish confidence and running his mouth, but Conor McGregor’s biggest insult to upcoming opponent Floyd Mayweather was more subtle than usual. UFC champion and boxing legend faced off for first time ahead of the mega fight next month, with both McGregor and Mayweather trading endless verbal barbs.But the biggest insult from the 28 year old Irish-born fighter was hidden in plain view of Mayweather, with McGregor wearing a suit complete with pin stripes containing the words ‘FUCK YOU’ throughout the press call.
The expletive, which has been used so often by McGregor towards his opponents it has become somewhat of a catchphrase, was written all over handmade suit.McGregor ensured his suit would steal the show at Los Angeles press call, after he abused Mayweather for only choosing to wear just a stars and stripes tracksuit.
‘He’s in a fucking tracksuit, he can’t even afford a suit anymore’, McGregor quipped, before Mayweather pulled out a cheque for USD$100 million. In front of 11,000 fans at LA’s Staples Center, the pair met face toface for first time since their money-spinning megafight was confirmed in June.
An energised McGregor danced around stony-faced Mayweather, as former four weight boxing world champion initially sat perched on a stool.’On August 26, this man will be unconscious, he is too small, he is too frail,’ McGregor taunted.’I will come out and paint many images. I can fight in my ways. I can dazzle him.’He will be unconscious inside four rounds. He is not experienced this. I don’t fear him. This is a limited set of rules that makes this half a fight.’
THE KEY DATES IN LEAD UP TO THE FIGHT
12 July: Los Angeles, USA
13 July: Toronto, Canada, 7.30am
14 July: New York, USA, 8.30am
15 July: London, Great Britain, 4am
26 August, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
At the end of press conference the fighters walked to the middle of stage to let off some steam and trade barbs, as UFC president Dana White separated them.As their respective entourages closed in on pair, Mayweather was forced to push his father Floyd Mayweather Sr. away from the confrontation.The duo are on a four leg promotional tour which ends at Wembley Arena, London, on Friday. Following that, they will next come face to face at T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas for their weigh-in and highly anticipated fight in late August.