And here we go …
You knew that we’d have all types of headlines out of the first Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor press conference. But racism?
That’s the question after Tuesday’s media get-together promoting the big fight.
There were lighter moments: For example, while Mayweather was bragging about his wealth, the challenger told him he “should have stayed retired and paid his taxes.”
It was all fun and games until McGregor told the champ to “dance for me, boy.”
Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard summed up a popular reaction.
“Dance for me, boy!” Ohh, ohh. Does he know what he just said?
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 11, 2017
While “boy” is a racially charged word when directed at black men, the Mayweather camp, specifically Floyd Sr., gave McGregor the benefit of a doubt. With an opportunity to really turn this ugly, the father took the high road.
“Racist? I don’t know what that got to do with race,” he told TMZ Sports. “This is a boxing match. I don’t know what that got to do with no racists.”
For his part, Floyd Jr. didn’t seem to be overly bothered by the whole thing, either.
Another headline to come out of Tuesday’s festivities was the challenger’s stylish pinstripe suit: A closer look revealed the stripes contained the phrase “F— you.”
Sticking to inside the ring, McGregor is a heavy underdog. But don’t tell him that.
You might say Conor McGregor is confident. pic.twitter.com/N2X5fIXvgI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 11, 2017
But, of course, Mayweather isn’t exactly a shrinking violet, either:
— Dana White (@danawhite) July 12, 2017
Tuesday was the first time the champion and the challenger had been in the same room.
McGregor and Mayweather will have three more press conferences together.
We can only imagine what’s going to happen next.
Oh, and by the way, the fight is Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
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