MayMac world media tour #3: McGregor fails on race

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The inept running of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor world tour continues. Stop 1 in LA was so terrible McGregor’s mic was didn’t work. Notorious managed to enliven stop 2 in Toronto. And stop 3 in New York was flat.

The fighters were 90 minutes late in getting to the stage.

Members of each fighter’s camp got into it on center stage and had to be separated by promoters and managers. Mayweather walked away, but McGregor nearly got into it with one of The Money Team. Mayweather also threw around $1 bills; grab seven and you get a latte in New York; no one cared.

McGregor was dressed in what he called a polar bear coat. It had a snake on the back. He looked like an extra from Game of Thrones.

McGregor also responded to comments he had made previously that were racially insensitive. Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Guillermo Rodriguez asked McGregor who would win a fight if he fought Sylvester Stallone’s character in Rocky III.

“Rocky III?” replied McGregor. “I’m trying to remember which one was Rocky III. Was that the one in the celebrity gym? I can’t remember if that’s the one with the dancing monkeys or not.”

McGregor also told Mayweather to “Dance for me, boy.” Mayweather had taken the high road in response.

“We all know there’s only two types of boys – a white boy and a cowboy – and I’m neither,” said Mayweather to TMZ Sports. “Racism still exists but you know, I try to take something negative and turn it into something positive. A lot of people say that Conor McGregor is racist but I’m not worried about that.”

In New York McGregor responded flippantly.

“Let’s address the race,” said McGregor. “A lot of media is saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely f***ing ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half-black? I’m half-black from the bellybutton down.”

“Here’s a little present for my beautiful black female fans.”

McGregor then began humping the air.

Mayweather responded more seriously.

“I think that disrespecting my daughter, disrespecting the mother of my daughter, disrespecting black women, calling black people monkeys, it’s totally disrespectful,” said the greatest boxer of his generation, as transcribed by Lorenzo Reyes for USA Today. “I have a diverse team and when I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said. But we live and we learn, and you don’t say those things once you get to a certain age because it’s all about growth and maturity. But it’s total disrespect. And today, he came out and did it again. You do not disrespect — I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asians, Latina, or Latino — you don’t disrespect people. To get respect, you must give respect.”

McGregor also spoke to reporters afterward and responded more soberly.

“I’m very multi-cultured. I’m a multi-cultured individual,” he said. “I don’t have any ill feelings toward anybody. I don’t even see color. I just wanted to say something and have a little fun with it. I just wanted to address it and play with it in my own little way. It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous and that’s basically what I was getting at.”

Other notable moments.

Round 1 was won by a narrow, boring margin by Mayweather. McGregor stormed back in Round 2 winning a 10-8 easily. Mayweather wins Round 3 by default 10-9, but they both should have been DQed. Score is tied 28-28.

The rolling trash talk ends tomorrow at London’s SSE Arena Wembley, with a 2:00 p.m. ET start time.

The Money Fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017. The PPV will cost $99.95. McGregor is expected to make around $100 million, and Mayweather some multiple of that.