Watch Highlights and Scan an In-Depth Analysis to the New York and London Press Conferences
The Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather matchup is not your grandfather’s type of boxing match. This fight is boxing on steroids.
Before these epic press conferences, the build up to the contract and deal between these two fighters already had performance enhancement written all over it. I’m not saying the fighters are on steroids, I’m saying the method of production and hype is juiced up beyond belief.
UFC and Showtime PPV have partnered together to bring combat action fans a fight for the ages.
In the past, Floyd Mayweather has picked up an impressive record of 49-0. He has also crossed over to sports entertainment with a match against the Big Show at WrestleMania 24. In a similar fashion to WWE, these press conferences felt rehearsed.
Conor McGregor kicked off the New York press conference will a soft opening track remixed into the hometown favorite lyricist and rapper Notorious B.I.G. He walked to the stage dress in Gucci and skipped the shirt after overdressing for the first two press conferences in Los Angeles and Toronto.
The two competitors took verbal jabs at one another in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and London. After a wild showing at Toronto, Mayweather and McGregor each brought a theatrical element to the New York event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Mayweather walked to the stage with a group of juiced up monkeys to a standard hiphop track. He did sport the Ireland flag after using it to stir the crowd up in Toronto. Mayweather appears to clearly understand territories for different fighters, and used the crowd against his opponent. A standard fighter would let the crowd get to them, Floyd appears to thrive off their energy, even when it is negative.
During the face-off at the New York event, the crowd started a chant at Mayweather to, ‘pay your taxes.’ Mayweather has had recent problems with the IRS, but claims that he had paid off his taxes. The tax dilemma may play into Mayweather’s lack of drive going into these press conferences. He is also forty years old.
Dana White introduced McGregor to the New York crowd.
He walked out on stage rapping lyrics inspired by Notorious B.I.G. Sadly, McGregor took shots at 50 Cent and promoted the new Jay-Z album.
McGregor made some racial jokes, but failed to show the division between the two races. It was clear that the Toronto, New York and London crowd drew more people that supported McGregor. Overall, the crowd should show far more support to Mayweather for his impressive record. McGregor’s record is 21-3-0.
The crowd may be rooting for the underdog out of these two competitors with Mayweather clearly having more experience in the boxing ring.
Personally, I do not condone violence. The reason I have started to cover this fight is for the entertainment value, and the ability to show that dividing races is not the goal, but to rather come together to enjoy a matchup of martial arts.
“Point to the easy work.” – Floyd Mayweather
Mayweather did an excellent job of using the song ‘Tapout‘ by Cash Money Record to point of McGregor’s flaws in the ring.
During the New York press conference Mayweather showered one dollars bills on the stage. It was funny that Mayweather joked about the money being small bills made for McGregor, at the same time wearing platform shoes that McGregor later made fun of.
McGregor made several precise verbal jabs at Mayweather’s juiced up goons. During these press conferences, there were creative moments, and there was also a lot of unneeded cursing. If they dropped the fowl language, it could have ran on major television networks. Both McGregor and Mayweather created highly entertaining moments in each location.
Watch highlights from the New York press conference on YouTube.
Mayweather vs McGregor: London Press Conference
The theatrics was turned up even more for the London press conference with a boxing ring setup in the middle of the Wembley Arena located in London, England.
The mind games concluded in London with a big box office moment.
“Four years ago, I fought in London at a place called HMV Forum in front of about 500 people.” – Conor McGregor
Both McGregor and Mayweather brought out their strongest verbal jabs for the London event.
Watch over moments from the London press conference on YouTube.