Video: Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather Exchange Words During Face-Off
Conor McGregor told Floyd Mayweather a few words during their final face-off on Wednesday.
TMZ obtained audio of what McGregor, 29, told Mayweather, 41.
“Boom. Head off the canvas … ‘And the new, king of boxing,'” McGregor told Mayweather.
Mayweather doesn’t budge and says back to his opponent, “You’re a comedian.”
Later, McGregor, as he’s posing for the camera, adds: “This is Bruce Lee [expletive].”
They also exchanged pleasantries and wished each other good luck.
McGregor approaches Mayweather and says, “Good luck.” Mayweather replies, “Good luck to you, sir.”
Speaking to CNN, McGregor said that he’s going to win—despite the odds being heavily in favor of his undefeated opponent.
“You know, I am a multiple-time, multiple-weight free fighting world champion,” McGregor told CNN. “I come from a ruthless game, a ruthless, ruthless business. Not only do I come from it, I own it.”
“People can say what they want … but boxing will look amazing with its new king.”
Reports say that Mayweather could make as much as $400 million, and McGregor could make $127 million for the fight.
“I’m always thinking about fighting,” McGregor told CNN. “It’s just in me. I cannot stop thinking about it. Certain sequences, certain movements, certain ways to prepare. It’s a 24/7 mindset. That mindset has got me to where I am today.”
There is some speculation that McGregor might use MMA tactics in the ring—but many have cautioned him about that.
According to a clause in his contract, any UFC-style moves would result in an automatic disqualification, Yahoo reported on Friday. He could also be sued.
Some sport books even offer one the chance to bet on it, like South Point Casino, which has a “Will McGregor be disqualified during the fight” prop bet.
Dana White, the head of the UFC, told reporters that he believes McGregor likely won’t be disqualified.
“There is a huge penalty clause in the contract,” White told Yahoo Sports, adding that he “[bets] that he won’t” be disqualified. “The athletic commission would keep the entire purse and decide what to do,” White said.
After that, he could face a lawsuit from Mayweather and others.
“The civil lawsuit that Floyd Mayweather would have on Conor McGregor would ruin him,” White said.
“What you do in a civil lawsuit like that is you look at Floyd Mayweather’s last three fights, including this one,” White said. “The number is massive. So what are the damages? You have to have damages. The damages would be incredible.”
The fight is slated for Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s being streamed via Pay-Per-View for $89.99 and $99.99 for HD. The fight will also cost viewers £19.95 or €24.95 for Republic of Ireland customers.
According to CNBC on Friday, ticket prices for the fight have dropped in the past week. The cheapest ticket is now available for $1,335, down 30 percent from Wednesday’s high.