Tuesday afternoon at the first Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor press conference, the pair both gave speeches, most of which were trash talk, in front of a packed Staples Center arena.
McGregor kicked off the event, where he boldly predicted that he would finish Mayweatherin the first four rounds of the event. Predicting that Mayweather has never seen someone who moves like him.
He spoke at the post-press conference media scrum:
“NO ONE KNOWS WHAT’S COMING, AND THAT’S WHY THERE’S A LOT OF FEAR IN THE BOXING COMMUNITY AND IN HIS CAMP. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. I’M GOING TO COME OUT A LOT DIFFERENT.’
“I AM FIGHTING. HE’S BOXING. THE TWO WORLDS COLLIDE.”
“I JUST DON’T THINK HE’S EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS,’’ MCGREGOR SAID. “I DON’T THINK THE BOXING WORLD HAS EVER SEEN THIS KIND OF POWER, THIS KIND OF VELOCITY, THIS TYPE OF MOVEMENT. THESE ATTACKS ARE DIFFERENT.”“UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS STYLE AGAINST A FLAT-FOOTED STYLE LIKE BOXING, YOU CAN’T COMPARE,’’ MCGREGOR SAID. “I HAVE THE FOOTWORK ADVANTAGE BY A MILE.”
While McGregor is accustomed to dominating the mental warfare aspect of fight buildup, Mayweather came out extremely aggressive in the trash talk department, however it was McGregor who gave the first speech, where he trash talked Mayweather:
“THERE’S SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE GOING ON,’’ MCGREGOR SAID. “BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I’M JUST LOOKING AT HIM AND I’M LOOKING AT HIS LITTLE FRAME AND KNOWING THAT I’M GOING TO RUN THROUGH THAT.”
“LOOK, THIS IS EASY. NO ONE’S KICKING ME, NO ONE’S ELBOWING ME, NO ONE’S TRYING TO CHOKE ME. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/12/2017.