Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor probably stretched this “worldwide press tour” a little too long. The whole thing obviously peaked on the second stop in Toronto, and by the time they got to London for the final face-off, both of them were just phoning it in.
In a makeshift boxing ring in Wembley Stadium, the two men once again delayed the start of the thing by over an hour before showing up and hurling the same insults that they’ve been using for the last four days - and most of those insults involve using variations of the word “b-tch”. After all the preamble where everyone introduced each other, McGregor once again led off...and it wasn’t pretty.
He played to the London crowd and the strong showing of Irish fans making the trip, using some slang and berating a stoic Mayweather. He yelled some profanities at Mayweather’s crew, who were stuck ringside out of reach, calling them “steroid monkeys” and other sorts of things. McGregor then decided to focus on Mayweather wearing “high heels” in Brooklyn and not wearing a hat today, taking a few shots at his bald head.
He then actually walked around and rubbed Floyd’s head. Things looked a little dicey for a second, but Floyd remained calm and didn’t react at all. It blew over and McGregor was done not long after.
Floyd took the mic and did, by far, his worst work of the tour. He got the same “pay your taxes” chants out of the crowd, and basically just stalled for time. He went back to the same stuff he’s used before, calling McGregor variations of “b-tch” and taking about “owning Ireland”. He was quick to praise Dana White again (“I love Dana White, he’s my buddy!”), and used a comparison of Dana White to a pimp and McGregor being his...well, you get the picture.
While stringing together a bunch of weak insults to fire up the crowd, Mayweather did blurt out that McGregor was a “f-ggot”, which will earn him some scorn.
I was expecting a scuffle to break out at the staredown, but they did the same thing that they’ve done in every other city. They then took a few questions from the media in attendance, and that was it. It definitely ended with a whimper.
They’ll get to the actual fighting stuff on August 26th in Las Vegas.