Predictably, it was a high-wattage circus as the fighters, their promoters, broadcast partners and even arena officials all got their time at the mic – but not before pop signer Aloe Blacc got a song in.
“The Money Fight” takes place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event’s main event airs live on pay-per-view for the princely sum of $99.95 in high definition.
McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) fans were loud and boisterous as they booed Mayweather (49-0 boxing) at every turn, while Mayweather energized his fans with a call-and-response on the mic. But in volume, the first win went to the Irish champ.
McGregor was first to the stage, chomping gum and dancing as he waited for his foe. Mayweather came second and took his time before responding to McGregor’s barrage.
There wasn’t much verbal sparring from the undefeated boxing champion and UFC lightweight champion gave dueling monologues – at least on mic. McGregor got in a few heckles before his mic went dead.
UFC President Dana White heard the bulk of the in-close talk as the two faced off before heading their separate directions.
Here’s some of the best soundbites from McGregor:
McGregor, after intro speeches from Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza and MGM exec Richard Sturm: “I couldn’t hear anything those mother(expletive) said. Thank those (expletive).”
McGregor’s first jab at Mayweather: “He’s in a (expletive) track suit. He can’t even afford a suit anymore. He is (expletive). There’s no other way about it – his little legs, his little core, his little head. I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my word.”
McGregor on his co-promotion role with McGregor Sports Entertainment: “If you zoom in there over my left shoulder, you can see the poster – McGregor Sports and Entertainment. I rose up, and I became ‘in association with.’ What can I say? I’m a young, confident, happy man, that has worked extremely hard for this. So I am just up here embracing this. Nobody’s going to do nothing – nobody can do nothing to me. I can do what the (expletive) I want up here. So I’m just enjoying myself, having a good time, that’s it. As far as the fight, he will be unconscious inside four rounds.”
McGregor, on what Mayweather faces: “The movement, the power, the ferociousness – he’s not experienced this. He’s fought people who shied away from him. I don’t fear him. I don’t fear this limited set of fighting. This is a limited set of rules that makes this half a fight, a quarter of a fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round.”
McGregor on the 10-ounce gloves to be used for the fight: “All these rules, all these restrictions, it doesn’t faze me – it amuses me. The gloves, they have to be 10 ounces. 154 pounds. He’s never fought at 154 pounds; I think he’s fought at 154 pounds once. He wants the gloves up, no problem. I’ll wear 10 ounces. No Mexican-made gloves. No gloves made from horse hair. OK, no problem. We’re only wearing gloves in our game for about five years, so I don’t give a (expletive) about gloves. It’s funny to me. All I need is a gum shield, line me up in the ring, and I’m good to go.”
McGregor, on what motivates him for the fight: “I’m a daddy now. He is the perfect motivation for me. To go in and conquer the supposed unconquerable. To go in and provide for him and set him up for life, what more motivation could you need? I keep doing these record-breaking events. No one’s done this (expletive) before. You’ve got to give me that.”
McGregor, on why this is a boxing fight: “Floyd has a problem, but doesn’t want to come over and deal with it. That’s no problem. I’ll do that. That’s confidence.”
Mayweather, on his legacy: “Twenty-one is the number. And they say why is 21 a number? Because that’s how long I’ve been kicking ass. I don’t give a (expletive) if it’s in the ring, I don’t give a (expletive) if it’s in the octagon, put me in there, and I’m going to kick (expletive).”
McGregor, interrupting: “Don’t be talking (expletive). You do give a (expletive) if it’s in the octagon.”
Mayweather: “Y’all ready know I ain’t bitch made. I ain’t back down for no mother(expletive) body. You line them up, and I knock them down like bowling pins. Aug. 26, I’m going to knock this (expletive) out, too.”
McGregor, (again) interrupting: “You haven’t knocked nobody out in about 20 years.”
Mayweather, after producing a back page and holding a check aloft: “Let me show you mother(expletive) what a $100 million fighter looks like! Still got $100 million, and nobody ever touch this (expletive).”
McGregor, (again) interrupting: “That’s to the tax man.
Mayweather: “You’re right. I’m the IRS. And I’m going to tax your ass.”
Mayweather, on his “A-side” status:
We knew I was the A-side. That’s why it says Mayweather first. That’s why this bitch had to come to the boxing ring.
“He look good for a seven-figure fighter. He looks good for eight-fighter figure. But mother(expletive) I’m a nine-figure fighter. And y’all know what? This (expletive) made three million dollars his last fight. We know that’s training camp money for me.”
After thanking Showtime, the UFC, and McGregor: “I didn’t do this by myself. This man played a major part in this fight. But Aug. 26, that’s your ass. That’s your ass. You name ’em and I’ll beat ’em.
Mayweather, on the glove restrictions: “And if you want 8-ounce gloves, let’s put eight-ounce gloves on. If you want 4-ounce gloves, let’s put four-ounce gloves on! Don’t fool the public!
“And guess what. I’m an old man. I’m not the same man I was 20 years, I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago, I’m not the same fighter I was 5 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago. But I got enough to beat you. And we know Mr. tapout like to quit.”
Mayweather, on McGregor’s fate: “And you will wear that white flag, because you can choose which way you want to go. And I’m guaranteeing you this – you’re going out on your face, or you going out on your back. Now which way you want to go? That’s right. Sit quiet, you little (expletive).
“Talking about my defense – ah, I’ve got good defense. You just show up and I’ll do the rest.”
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