On Wednesday, the two met for the second straight day as part of their whirlwind four-day news conference tour of the U.S., Canada and England. There was all kinds of trash talk to go around in Toronto.
But afterward, backstage, “Money” Mayweather (49-0 boxing) met with the media and said when it comes to McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and his flashy suits and bravado and trash talk, he’s playing a game Mayweather invented.
“We don’t want to say similarities (between McGregor and me),” Mayweather said. “Let’s just say I laid the groundwork. I did the custom suits, the flashiness, all the trash talking. And then, of course he saw my blueprint and he went and did the same thing. All I can do is take my hat off to him. I’m glad that he’s doing the same thing that I used to do.
“I’m not upset with him. It’s not like the guy’s done something harsh to me. He feels he’s the best warrior in the world. I was one of the best warriors when I was competing, but I came back and I’m competing for one more.”
Mayweather, unbeaten as a boxer and one of the sport’s all-time greats, will come out of retirement to box McGregor, the UFC’s lightweight champ and first concurrent two-division champion in the promotion’s history, on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Mayweather is expected to make in excess of $100 million for the fight, a number he throws around often. McGregor will make less than that, but still is expected to haul in many times more than his best UFC payday for the mega-event superfight.
McGregor has never been shy about touting his cars, his shoes, his suits, his watches, and basically everything his success has afforded him. And Mayweather may be right about blazing the trail for that version of McGregor.
Mayweather also tried to take the high road when it comes to the bravado of his lifestyle – but it only lasted a moment before he couldn’t help but remind everyone why his “Money” nickname is so appropriate.
“This Hublot watch I’ve got on right here, it’s a 1 of 1 – it’s over $1 million,” Mayweather said. “At the end of the day, I don’t ever want the world and the people … see, it’s crazy. It’s like, damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I don’t have to wear a … a suit? That don’t make me.
“I don’t have to tell the world how much money I make. You do your homework. I’ve been in the sport, and I made $800 million. And there’s more to come. I was smart. I made smart investments. I’m not earning for nothing. This chain right here is about $4 million. This one is about $5 million. That (Hublot watch) wasn’t nothing but a million (dollars).”
McGregor and Mayweather continue their four-city news conference spectacle tour today in New York City after making many waves in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Toronto on Wednesday. On Friday, they close out the tour in London.
Check out Mayweather’s “money” moment in the video above, and don’t miss his full scrum with the media in the video below.
And for more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.
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