Conor McGregor hosted his open media day on Friday ahead of his professional boxing debut on August 26, when he will attempt to upset the landscape of the combat sports world by becoming the first man to defeat Floyd Mayweather.
The promotion and hype surrounding this monumental event has been threatening to reach boiling point for quite some time now.
Following on from the unprecedented worldwide press tour across LA, Toronto, New York and London, questions were raised by onlookers and critics alike on whether both competitors crossed the line with the insults and jibes they threw in each other’s faces. In particular, the harshness of the Irishman’s verbal onslaughts was a source for debate, as he gave his best efforts to come out on top of the battle of wit and ultimately capture the throne of the true king of psychological warfare in fighting today.
McGregor was accused of over stepping the mark in one area of his popping at his 40-year-old opponent. His repeated probe of “dance for me boy”, which we saw at the inaugural leg of the media tour at the Staples Centre in LA and again the following evening in Toronto, was adjudged to carry some racial undertones to it. In some areas of the U.S, the word “boy” can be interpreted as a degrading term, admittedly unbeknownst to the UFC lightweight champion.
However, while Floyd initially seemed intent on shooting down any questions on the subject of racism and squashing any speculation that Conor’s remarks were racially motivated, in an interview earlier this week he appears to have changed that standpoint. The undefeated ‘Money May’ has revealed how he felt a “total disrespect” at some of the MMA star’s comments throughout that four day promotional binge back in July.
More on that interview can be found, here.
Well, ‘The Notorious’ has fired back at these newest allegations of racism. When a reporter put it to the Dublin native that Mayweather has gone public about making this fight an issue of race, black vs. white, a fiery response is evoked from McGregor.
The 29-year-old flat out denies any racial motivations behind his verbal attacks on Mayweather and ferociously labels his opponent a “rat” and a “weasel” while bringing up the dark personal past of Floyd, which involves being convicted for domestic violence as a result of beating the mother of his children in their presence.
Check out what a furious McGregor had to say for himself in the clip below: