Floyd Mayweather threatened to light a fuse on stage between him and Conor McGregor as he posed with a Republic of Ireland flag during the second leg of their world promotional tour in Toronto, Canada.
In front of a crowd of 16,000 at the Budweiser Stage, the Money Team leader grabbed an Ireland flag from the stage and posed in front of the crowd with McGregor threatening to knock him out if he did anything other than that with it.
In response, McGregor snatched Mayweather’s backpack and revealed it had only one wad of cash in it – estimating it was around $5,000 – which is much less than the five-division world champion had eluded was in it.
It was the second time in two days that the rivals had met following the opening round of their promotional tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday and McGregor benefited from a crowd that clearly favoured him over the undefeated boxer. Using his popularity, the Irishman instructed the crowd to chant ‘F*** the Mayweathers’.
Taking the microphone first, McGregor said: ‘On the count of three I want everyone to scream at the top of your lungs: “F*** the Mayweathers”.
‘He won’t do shit. You’ll do f****** nothing. And while we’re at it, f*** Showtime too. Look at this little weasel, I can see it in your eyes. Cut my mic off, cut the champ’s mic off? Hell no, you f****** bitch.
‘They’re trying to set me up at every turn up here, they’re trying to catch me off guard. Trying to see me in an uncomfortable position but I thrive in uncomfortable positions.
There is nothing they can do to phase me. 28 years of age. I’m getting fight cheques and promoter cheques. When Floyd was 28 he was on Oscar De la Hoya’s undercard and that’s just facts.’
“F**k the Mayweather’s”
“40-years-old, carrying a school bag, the man doesn’t even read”
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McGregor paid reference to the fact that Toronto was the host city three years ago when he made his name in UFC by beating Jose Aldo, a man he claims was the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world at that time and compared his unlikely victory to the task he now faces.
He said: ‘Toronto, what a city. I was here three years ago, I was also on a world tour, facing an unconquerable quest, facing the pound-for-pound No 1 fighter on the planet, Jose Aldo.
‘They said the same things then as they’re saying now, they said I had no chance, they said I’m in over my head. “The Irish man is going to fall short”, they said. It took me 13 seconds.
‘I just wanna speak to all the little boxing p******, all the little pundit p******, supposed experts. You’re f****** crazy if you think he stands a chance. His head is too small. One shot is all it takes me. Check the facts, I bounce heads off the canvas and dribble that shit. He tip-tap toes to a decision. He’s never even fought a day in his life, he’s a runner, boxing’s biggest b*****.’
And the Irishman, who had earlier promised he wouldn’t be getting off the microphone until Mayweather took it from him, wasn’t done yet.
‘I want him to come and take this mic off me, otherwise I’m taking over this whole s***,’ he’d said. ‘It’s right here. Stop me. You won’t do s***.
And so he proceeded, once again taking aim at Mayweather’s attire, joking that ‘he looks like a little break dancer or something, a little 12 year old break dancer b****.’
‘What the f***, he’s 40. You’re 40 years of age, dress your f****** age. Carrying a school bag on stage. What you doing with a school bag on stage? You can’t even read’.
McGregor, clearly much more prepared than the day prior, had well and truly made his mark.