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The buildup to the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor this August continues to get more intense.
After a first press conference held in Los Angeles on Tuesday brought the fighters face-to-face for the first time, Mayweather and McGregor took their promotional tour to Toronto on Wednesday where things only got more heated.
First up was Conor McGregor who had the support of what sounded like all but four people in the Canadian crowd. He took the microphone and immediately invited those in attendance to scream “F— THE MAYWEATHERS” at his count of three, a request the crowd was happy to help him with.
From there McGregor got to the insults, mocking Mayweather for his style and strategy in the ring. “He tip-tap-toes to a decision. He’s never even fought a day in his life,” McGregor said before adding, “He’s a runner. He’s boxing’s biggest b—-.”
McGregor concluded with the sharpest jab of the night, bringing up Mayweather’s questionable literacy. “What are you doing with a school bag on stage?” McGregor asked. “You can’t even read.”
Overall, it was a phenomenal piece of fight promotion, which you can watch below.
Floyd then took the stage and was met with a rain of boos and a chant of “PAY YOUR TAXES” as he took the mic. While the Toronto crowd was clearly against him, Mayweather was quick to remind his opponent, “The f—— fans can’t fight for you.”
Floyd also addressed Conor’s attack on his reading ability with an extremely on-brand response, saying “I’m the motherf—– that can’t read? B—- I do numbers. I do money.”
McGregor quickly replied, “You owe money,” much to the crowd’s delight.
“I do?” Mayweather responded, while pulling out a few stacks from the backpack McGregor had been mocking earlier. Mayweather continued bringing money into play, telling his opponent, “If you believe in yourself like you say you believe in yourself, bet your whole fight check you b—-.
He then got an Irish flag from the crowd and began posing with it, prompting McGregor to snag Floyd’s backpack off the ground as collateral. After Mayweather offered the flag to McGregor, McGregor threw it right back at Floyd, again earning cheers from the crowd.
You can watch Floyd’s time on the mic below.
Soon after, the fighters went face-to-face, pictures were taken, and the event wrapped up.
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Mayweather and McGregor will face off on August 26th in what very possibly could be the biggest fight in pay-per-view history. But before that, the two will go at in on the microphone a few more times to promote the bout – Thursday night in Brooklyn and Friday in London.
Knowing how skilled both men are at selling a fight, war of words is only going to get more personal.