Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jnr declared a truce after weeks of vicious verbal attacks, offering praise instead of profanities at the final press conference ahead of their much anticipated fight on Sunday (SA time) from 3am.
Since the fight between undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion McGregor was announced in June, the two men took part in a profanity-laced world tour to hype a bout that has been met with both skepticism and excitement.
The final press conference ahead of Sunday’s fight, however, was closer to a love-in than a battle field, with Mayweather in particular complimenting the man who has questioned everything from his manhood to his fashion sense.
“McGregor had a hell of a career, he still has a hell of a career,” said Mayweather.
“He’s a hell of a fighter, he’s a stand-up guy, a tough competitor.
“It’s not going to be an easy fight. There will be blood, sweat and tears.”
McGregor was far less lavish in his compliments but after months of mercilessly attacking, Mayweather said he welcomed the pause in hostilities.
“There’s been a lot of crazy press conferences, this is a lot more subdued, a lot more business like – the way I like it. . . sometimes,” said McGregor.
After the two had turned the air blue with swear words during the earlier media tour, Mayweather went the entire presser midweek without swearing.
McGregor could not hold his tongue but saved his venom for a member of Mayweather’s “Money Team”, who taunted him from the audience, telling the fighter he was going to be knocked out. “Not by you, whoever you are,” countered McGregor.
While boxing purists and pundits have denounced the fight as nothing more than a laughable cash grab, it has nonetheless captured the fascination of fans.
“I will go forward, I will put the pressure on him and break this old man,” said McGregor, who said he expected to end the 12-round bout inside two rounds. “Trust me on that,” he quipped. “I will outbox this man at his own game.”
The only message Mayweather had for McGregor was his record, reminding him that he was trying to do something no one has ever been able to do: beat him.
Source – REUTERS