Wednesday afternoon in Toronto, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing icon Floyd Mayweather appeared onstage together for the second time in their second stop on their highly anticipated world tour.
The press conference got off to a quick start as Conor McGregor led fans in attendance in a “f**k the Mayweather’s!” chant, which he then followed up with a callout of Showtime Exec Stephen Espinoza, who he blamed for having his mic cut out in the first press conference:
“YOU … LITTLE WEASEL. LOOK AT YOU, YOU LITTLE WEASEL, I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR EYES,” MCGREGOR SAID TO ESPINOZA AS CHEERS ROARED. “CUT THE CHAMP’S MIC OFF? HELL NO! THEY’RE TRYING TO SET ME UP, CATCH ME OFF GUARD, GET ME IN AN AWKWARD POSITION, BUT I THRIVE IN AWKWARD POSITIONS. THERE’S NOTHING THESE GUYS CAN DO TO FAZE ME.
“I’M GETTING CHECKS … WHEN FLOYD WAS 28 YEARS OLD, HE WAS ON OSCAR DE LA HOYA’S UNDERCARD. AND THAT’S JUST FACTS. FLOYD IS AN OLD, WEAK [EXPLETIVE].”
Mayweather of course delivered some scathing attacks once again, and despite the general consensus in the combat sports community, believed he won stop #2 of the press conference:
“THAT’S FOR YOU GUYS TO SCORE. I THINK I WON BOTH ROUNDS, TO BE HONEST. I’M WINNING. DID HE TAKE IT TODAY [IN TORONTO] BECAUSE THEY WERE SCREAMING LOUD? THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. TELL ME HIS SPEECH (WAITS FOR RESPONSE). WELL IT WASN’T A GOOD SPEECH THEN.”
At the end of the press conference, the pair came face to face for a stare down, which saw things get extremely heated between the two men. Fortunately, UFC President Dana White, who has been tasked with maintaining the peace during staredowns, was there to break things up before they got out of hand.
Above you can see newly released footage of the stare down, with audio! See the action at the 7:35 mark of the video.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/13/2017.