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Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) looks on as UFC fighter Conor McGregor speaks about their upcoming fight during a press call at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on July 11, 2017.
McGregor and Mayweather traded clever insults and profane boasts that quickly showed why this boxing match should be a rare spectacle — before the opening bell, anyway.
“He looks good for a seven- or eight-figure fighter, but I’m a nine-figure fighter,” Mayweather said. “This (guy) made 3 million dollars his last fight, but we know that’s training camp money for me.”
The 40-year-old Mayweather has been coaxed out of his latest retirement for the colossal payday coming from this unique matchup. The bout will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view, while tickets at T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 — and there aren’t many $500 seats.
In a tailor-made pinstripe suit that repeated a profane phrase in tiny letters as its stripe, McGregor didn’t try to disguise his glee at the prospect of his mammoth financial reward for seeing how his heavy hands can fare against Mayweather’s famed defensive skills in this cross-disciplinary experiment.
McGregor got more personal than Mayweather, going after everything from the boxer’s apparent money troubles to his attire. McGregor also risked racial offensiveness when he yelled, “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during an exchange with Mayweather.
“He’s in a … track suit,” McGregor said, looking at Mayweather. “He can’t even afford a suit anymore. The Rolls is a 2012 outside. He is (expletive). There’s no other way about it. I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds, mark my words.”
Two years after his last fight and several years after his trash-talking heyday, Mayweather rose to the promotional challenge in an energetic, biting performance. The unbeaten star led his fans in a call-and-response cheer that derided McGregor as “easy work!”