On Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Floyd Mayweather Jr. pulled off something of an upset in most people’s eyes, seemingly besting the great showman Conor McGregor on the mic during the kickoff presser for the pair’s August 26th showdown.
He was aided in his efforts somewhat by the fact that McGregor was ill-prepared for the media event, which was more akin to a traditional presser than the UFC-style presentations during which his has thrived in the past, and that the Irishman’s microphone mysteriously malfunctioned in the latter stages.
‘The Notorious’ one was not going to let that happen again, however. Buoyed by a ferociously partisan crowd at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto on Wednesday night, McGregor turned in quite a verbal performance, more akin to a foul-mouthed stand-up comedy routine or a roast than a press conference speech.
He showed no mercy for anyone, even branding Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza “a fucking weasel”based on his suspicions that people at the network had been responsible for cutting off his mic the previous evening.
The 28-year-old Pay-per-view star left his most vicious shot for last though. After claiming Floyd was dressed like a “12-year-old break dancer” and advising the 40-year-old boxer to dress his age, McGregor questioned why Mayweather had brought a backpack on stage with him.
“What are you doing with a schoolbag on stage? You can’t even read,” roared the UFC lightweight champion.
McGregor owned the stage, the crowd and the moment.