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Conor McGregor: Racial jokes ‘didn’t really hit right’ in NYC press tour stop

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Conor McGregor made some controversial statements in the Brooklyn stop of his press tour with Floyd Mayweather, and feels that the comments weren’t as effective as he wished.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour - New York Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Over the four days of press conferences that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather did to build their August 26th boxing match, many controversial things were said. Floyd used a homophobic slur. McGregor used all sorts of outlandish attacks on Mayweather and his character. Perhaps none were more controversial that McGregor’s racial jokes though.

On the New York City (Brooklyn) stop, McGregor acknowledged previous accusations of possible racism by making a big joke of it, stating that he was actually half-black...below the bellybutton. Mayweather didn’t take kindly to that, and in a press conference (via MacLife), McGregor acknowledged that it didn’t accomplish what he wanted it to (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“It didn’t really hit right. I’m just gonna stay where it is and leave it out. I know who I am as a person. I think most realistic people can look and know.”

He wasn’t a fan of Mayweather’s reaction to it either:

“You can be fooled by him if you want to be fooled by him,” McGregor said. “You know the man’s character, you know his history. He’s trying to sway the people in his favor. I think it was a cheap, little [play]. … I was trying to address something in my own little way. But whatever. It is what it is. I had fun with it last night. If he feels disrespected, well he’s an idiot and then f—k him as well.”

McGregor also commented on why he didn’t go after Floyd for his history of domestic violence, something that many felt would be an easy mode of verbal warfare for the UFC lightweight champion:

“We had fun up there as well,” McGregor said. “I didn’t need to bring certain things up. There was enough for me to have fun with. I’m not trying to put someone’s dirty business. I’m here to fight now, so f—k all that other sh-t.”

The two men will compete in a 12-round, 154-pound boxing match on August 26th in Las Vegas.