If you thought Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor would have run out of things to say on their third stop, you’d be very wrong.
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NEW YORK — The third stop of the hype tour touting the fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather featured staredowns, almost-fights, one-dollar bill showers, insults and comments on race.
The most outlandish moment was when McGregor tried to clarify his controversial comments on race. He used his opening monologue to explain his stance, though it may have made the problem worse.
“A lot of media seem to be saying I’m against black people,” McGregor said. “That’s (expletive) ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half black? Yeah. I’m half black from the belly button down.”
Mayweather later called the comments disrespectful.
Seemingly trying to rile up McGregor, Mayweather filmed his opponent’s speeches and antics on his phone.
At one point, McGregor walked over to Mayweather and tried to snatch the hat off of his head, but Mayweather swatted McGregor’s arm away.
“That thing was (expletive) pinned down on his head,” McGregor said later in a press conference.
One of McGregor’s favorite jokes this week has been about Mayweather’s delay in paying his taxes, reportedly $22 million.
On Thursday, Mayweather pulled out a backpack on stage, opened it and grabbed a handful of cash, tossing it in the air. As the bills fluttered to the ground, McGregor picked one up, grabbed the microphone and said: “They’re all (expletive) ones.”
All the while, the crowd chanted, “Pay your taxes.”
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“You can call me all these names, you can do whatever you want, but you can’t defeat me,” Mayweather said later in a press conference.
At another point, Mayweather incited his entourage to go over and start a shoving match with McGregor, who was seated at the time, and his group of people.
A mild shoving match ensued, though no punches were thrown.
In the press conference later, McGregor referred to the scuffle as “nothing” and used a term he said was from his hometown in Dublin, “handbags.”
The fight will take place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast on pay-per-view.