Mayweather vs McGregor: Los Angeles Press Conference
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>>>WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, I TRY TO MAKE THEM RIGHT.>>NEVER GIVE IN. NEVER YIELD.>>YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THIS.>>>INSIDE THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES. HELLO THERE, I’M MOREL LORELLO WITH FORMER TWO DIVISION BOXING CHAMPION PAULY. AND A RENAISSANCE MAN, BRANDON SCHAUB. AND, GUYS, ONLY FITTING WE BEGIN THIS UNIQUE GLOBAL PRESS TOUR FOR THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME CLASH AS TODAY WE WILL FOR THE FIRST TIME SEE FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT AFTER TWO YEARS. 49-0, SEEKING HIS 50th VICTORY AS A PROFESSIONAL BOXER AGAINST THE MMA SUPERSTAR, CONOR McGREGOR. THE ONLY UFC FIGHTER TO HOLD TWO TITLES IN TWO DIFFERENT WEIGHT CLASSES SIMULTANEOUSLY. BUT, GUYS, I’M GOING TO START WITH YOU, BRENDAN. BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN DRINKING THE KOOL-AID. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT DESPITE WHAT CONOR McGREGOR HAS ACHIEVED IN THE OCTAGON, AND WHAT HE HAS ACHIEVED IN LIFE, THE GUY IS A WINNER. BUT DO YOU REALLY THINK A GUY WITH NO PROFESSIONAL BOXING EXPERIENCE IS GOING TO BEAT ONE OF THE GREATEST FIGHTERS OF ALL-TIME?>>I KNOW. THIS IS GOING TO SOUND CRAZY, AND PAULY, DON’T KILL ME. MORE SO THAN EVER BEFORE.>>YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR CASE. PAULYIE, TWO YEARS AGO THIS MONTH ON THE CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW, CONOR McGREGOR WAS ASKED IF HE WOULD EVER CONSIDER STEPPING INTO THE RING WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER. EMPTY TALK HERE, OF COURSE. THE SOCIAL MEDIA WENT BACK AND FORTH. AND WHAT NONE OF US, AT LEAST I NEVER THOUGHT WOULD COME TO FRUITION, I WAS 26. YOU’RE KNOWN FOR THE GIFT OF GAB AND JAB, BROTHER. HOW IMPORTANT ARE EVENTS LIKE THIS WHEN IT COMES TO THE ACTUAL FIGHT ITSELF?>>WELL, THE BUILDUP IS A LOT — A LOT TO DO WITH HOW MUCH YOU CAN SELL, HOW MUCH YOU CAN BUILD THE ANTICIPATION. WE TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THESE GUYS ARE SO GREAT. AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT FROM HERE UNTIL TOMORROW. BUT IT’S THE HIGHLIGHT PACKAGES. IT’S SEEING THEM GET THE KNOCKOUTS, SEEING THEM GET THE WINS. HEARING THEM THEN TALK TO EACH OTHER, THE TRASH TALK, THE CONOR McGREGOR — I EXPECT A VERY VOCIFEROUS CONOR McGREGOR TODAY. I HOPE I’M NOT WRONG. MAYWEATHER, I THINK SOMETHING ABOUT CONOR McGREGOR MAY FORCE FLOYD TO COME OUT OF HIS REGULAR PERSONALITY, CHILLED BACK, LAID BACK PERSONALITY. IT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING. PERSONALITY, PERSONALITY, PERSONALITY. THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.>>TWO OF THE GREATEST SELF-PROMOTERS IN COMBAT SPORTS HISTORY. AND WE MENTIONED CONAN O’BRIEN. I KNOW YOU’RE DOWN WITH THE COCOA TOO. WE HAVE THE AMERICAN HIP-HOP STAR DOING HIS THING. THIS IS MORE THAN JUST A FIGHT. OBVIOUSLY, IT IS A CULTURAL EVENT. THE BUZZ ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AND WE HAVE ALREADY DONE SOMETHING, YOU AND I, AND THAT’S ALL ANYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT TO ME. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WITHIN THE RESPECTIVE SPORTS, MMA AND MAYBE MORE SO BOXING, ARE DOWN IN THIS FIGHT, BECAUSE OF THE GULP — THE GRAND CANYON-SIZE CHASM WHEN IT COMES TO THE EXPERIENCE. >>SURE.>>BUT THIS IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THIS IS LIKE THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES. THIS IS EVEL KNIEVEL. THIS IS MUHAMMAD ALI FOR THIS ERA. >>THIS IS BIGGER THAN THAT. THIS IS THE BIGGEST SPORTING EVENT OF OUR LIFETIME. LOOK AT THIS ARENA. IT’S NUTS. CONOR McGREGOR HAS TRANSCENDED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. NO ONE THOUGHT IT WOULD GET TO THIS LEVEL. FLOYD MAYWEATHER. IT’S INSANE. >>FIVE YEARS AGO, CONOR McGREGOR WAS COLLECTING WELFARE IN IRELAND. IN THAT SPAN, PAULIE, HE HAS BECOME THE BIGGEST NAME IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. WINNING TITLES IN TWO DIFFERENT WEIGHT CLASSES. BUT WHAT REALLY IMPRESSES ME IN CONOR McGREGOR IS THAT SELF BELIEF. I THINK ALL OF US WHO ARE — HAVE SOME MODICUM OF SUCCESS IN LIFE BELIEVE IN VISUALIZATION. THIS GUY WILLS HIMSELF TO VICTORY. >>LOOK AT THE ARENA! WHEN THEY MENTION CONOR, THE ENTIRE ARENA IS BEHIND THIS GUY. EVERYONE IS ROOTING FOR THIS GUY. BECAUSE IT’S A DREAM THAT IF YOU DREAM IT, YOU CAN BELIEVE IT. IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.>>AND THAT’S THE THING, BRENDAN. YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED HE WAS ON WELFARE FIVE YEARS AGO. THIS IS SORT OF AN EXAMPLE FOR PEOPLE DOWN AND OUT. PEOPLE LOOK AT A GUY LIKE THIS. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR HEROES. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS — SOCIETY IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THEY CAN LOOK UP TO AND WHAT NOT. YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK AT THIS GUY, AND HE’S THE SPITTING EXAMPLE, SHINY EXAMPLE, OF WHAT IT IS TO — WHAT IT MEANS TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING AND THEN ACHIEVE IT. DO HARD WORK, DETERMINATION, SACRIFICES. IT’S ALWAYS BETTER. NO MATTER HOW BAD IT IS, MAKE IT A SACRIFICE. IT MAY BE REALLY HARD, BUT IT’S ALWAYS BETTER THAN LIVING IN POVERTY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. >>AND THAT HAS BEEN WHY THIS IS THE MONEY FIGHT. WE HAVE FLOYD AND CONOR ON THE MARQUIS. BUT THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS. >>YES AND NO. FOR FLOYD, MORE SO. FOR CONOR, YES, IT’S THE BIGGEST PAYDAY HE’S EVER GOING TO SEE. BUT FOR CONOR, IT’S SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST ABOUT THE MONEY. FLOYD, YOU SEE HIS INSTAGRAMS. HOW MANY BENTLEYS DOES HE HAVE? WE KNOW THAT, WE GOT IT. FOR CONOR, IT’S ABOUT HIS LEGACY. >>CONOR IS DOING THE SAME THING, THOUGH. HE’S PLASTERING ALL SORTS OF STUFF ON INSTAGRAM AND RODEO DRIVE AND THE CARS. >>TRUE. BUT HE GOT THAT FROM FLOYD MAYWEATHER.>>WELL, AND I THINK THEY GOT IT FROM PRO WRESTLING. THE WRESTLE MANIA MOMENT. LIKE MUHAMMAD ALI. THIS IS A PRESS CONFERENCE. >>GORGEOUS GEORGE, MUHAMMAD ALI, RIGHT?>>BUT YOU LOOK AT — ARE YOU SAYING THAT — SEE, NOW YOU’RE GOING TO GO INTO PRO WRESTLING MODE TO THE BOXING FANS. YOU THINK CONOR McGREGOR IS THE “A” SIDE OF THIS FIGHT. >>I PROMISE YOU HE’S THE “A” SIDE. WHEN CONOR McGREGOR COMES OUT IT WILL BE VERY CLEAR WHO IS THE “A” SIDE. JUST HEAR ME OUT. IN THIS AGE, 18 TO 36 MALES. HOW DO WE GET OUR NEWS? HOW DOES ANYTHING HAPPEN? SOCIAL MEDIA. WHO IS BIGGER IN SOCIAL MEDIA THAN CONOR McGREGOR? JUST LOOK AT A SIMPLE TWEET. IT GOES AS FAR AS ANYTHING YOU’LL SEE ANY OTHER ATHLETE PUT OUT THERE. CONOR McGREGOR IS BY FAR THE “A” SIDE. LET ME ASK BOTH YOU BOXING EXPERTS. >>THIS MAY HAVE NEVER HAPPENED WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA. >>THEY DEMAND IT. LET ME ASK YOU THIS. WHO DOES FLOYD MAYWEATHER FIGHT THAT YOU WOULD SEE THIS. LOOK AT THIS CROWD AT A PRESS CONFERENCE. >>ALVAREZ, THAT WAS A BIG FIGHT. OSCAR DE LA HOYA. YOU ANSWER HIM. I SEE YOUR POINT.>>WHO IS HE GOING TO FIGHT? WARREN, PACQUIAO?>>YOU’VE GOT A POINT. TO ME, THE “A” SIDE IS A BUSINESS WORD. NOTHING ELSE BUT A BUSINESS WORD. YOU CAN BE THE “B” SIDE AND STILL WIN THE FIGHT. IN THE BUSINESS SENSE, MAYWEATHER IS RUNNING THE PROMOTION. MAYWEATHER’S NETWORK IS TELEVISING THE FIGHT.>>IT’S BOXING. >>IT’S HIS ARENA. >>HE HAS TO DO IT. >>HE CALLED THE SHOTS AS FAR AS IT’S GOING TO BE A BOXING MACHINE VERSUS A MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHT. A LOT OF TIMES IN FLOYD MAYWEATHER’S CAREER, HE’S NOT BEEN THE FAN FAVORITE. THE ALVAREZ FIGHT, I THINK CANELO HAD WAY MORE FANS THAN MAYWEATHER. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S NOTHING MORE THAN JUST A BUSINESS WORD.>>IN BUSINESS, IT’S GOING TO BE FOR THIS THING. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT IT WILL BE — >>ALSO, POLITICS. ON THE “A” SIDE SIDE. IN THE BOXING WORLD, FLOYD HAS THE ADVANTAGE.>>DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THE JUDGES AND REFEREE AND ALL OF THAT. >>WE DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU HAVE FLOYD MAYWEATHER, WHO, YEAH, IS A BIG TIME BUSINESS — RICHEST ATHLETE EVER, MADE MORE MONEY, AND NOW CONOR McGREGOR WITH THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL WINDFALL OF HIS LIFE. CONOR McGREGOR HAS ALREADY WON THE MOST PAINFUL LOTTERY HE CAN WIN. WHEN IT COMES TO FLOYD MAYWEATHER, YOU THINK CONOR McGREGOR IS GOING TO COMMIT THE BIGGEST UPSET IN SPORTS HISTORY. YOU HAVE GONE ON RECORD SAYING THAT. >>YES. >>BUT WHAT — TALK ABOUT FLOYD MAYWEATHER NOW, AND WHY YOU STILL THINK HE’S GOING TO MAYBE GIVE CONOR McGREGOR THE RUN THAT WE ALL THINK — I THINK HE’S GOING TO SCHOOL CONOR. I’M SORRY. >>AND THAT’S FAIR. AND MOST EXPERTS DO. BUT I’M LOOKING AT A DIFFERENT ANGLE. NOW, MY HAT’S OFF TO FLOYD MAYWEATHER. FOR HIM TO GET HIS 50th WIN, THIS IS NOT EASY. I DON’T THINK ANYONE ELSE IN THE BOXING WORLD WOULD TAKE THIS FIGHT. BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS THE 50th WIN GOING TO BE TOUGH TO GET, BUT YOU’RE GOING AGAINST AN UNKNOWN X FACTOR. WE DON’T KNOW HOW CONOR IS GOING TO FIGHT HIM. FLOYD HAS NO IDEA. SO I TIP THE HAT. IT’S AMAZING, HIM BEING 40 AND COMING OUT AND DOING THIS. IT’S A HUGE RISK. YOU CANNOT SIT HERE AND TELL ME CONOR DOES NOT HAVE A CHANCE.>>YOU’RE THE EXPERT HERE. >>EVERYBODY HAS THE PUNCHING — CHANCE. HERE’S THE THING ABOUT CONOR AND THE PUNCHER’S CHANCE, BESIDES THE PUNCHER’S CHANCE. HE HAS TO SHOW THAT THERE IS SUBSTANCE BEHIND THE PUNCHING POWER. FLOYD HAS FOUGHT PUNCHING POWER. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL YESTERDAY. THERE HAS TO BE SUBSTANCE BEHIND IT. DOES HE HAVE THE FUNDAMENTAL TOOL? AND IF HE DOESN’T HAVE THE FUNDAMENTAL TOOLS, IS HIS AWKWARDNESS GOING TO NOT DISRUPT HIS POSITIONING TO THE POINT WHERE HE’S ACTUALLY PUTTING HIMSELF OUT OF POSITION, AND HURTING HIMSELF, AND IN THAT WAY PUTTING HIMSELF IN GOOD POSITION FOR FLOYD TO TEE OFF ON HIM? THAT’S THE THING HERE. BECAUSE NOT ALWAYS BEING THE HEART OF THE PUNISHER DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T WALK YOUR OPPONENT DOWN. MENTAL PRESSURE BECOMES PHYSICAL PRESSURE. PHYSICAL PRESSURE BECOMES MENTAL PRESSURE. IF FLOYD CAN’T MISS CONOR, IF FLOYD CAN’T SEEM TO NOT GET TO THE TARGET THAT EASILY, THEN OKAY, FLOYD IS GOING TO START BACKING UP. THE POSITION MAY COME INTO PLAY. BUT WHAT IF FLOYD STARTS TO LAND AT WILL? WHAT IF CONOR CAN’T GET OUT OF THE WAY OF CERTAIN SHOTS? WHAT IF CONOR CAN’T MAKE FLOYD PAY? ALL OF A SUDDEN, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT THE BIGGER PUNCHER, A PUNCH IS A PUNCH IS A PUNCH. GUYS START — GUYS START WALKING BACKWARDS. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING?>>TRUE. >>SO, AND BECAUSE YOU HAVE — AND BECAUSE YOU HAVE THIS — YOU GO THIS WAY OR THIS WAY, THIS IS WHY THIS FIGHT HAS BEEN SUCH A BIG FIGHT FOR THE FANS. YOU HAVE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FANS. YOU HAVE BOXING FANS. YOU HAVE CASUALS.>>RIGHT.>>CURIOUS ABOUT THIS FIGHT. WHETHER YOU THINK IT’S A GREAT FIGHT OR WHETHER YOU THINK IT’S A TRAIN WRECK, LISTEN, YOU SEE A CAR CRASH ON THE HIGHWAY. DO YOU NOT RUBBER NECK AND CAUSE TRAFFIC?>>THIS IS NOT A CAR CRASH, THOUGH!>>WHAT I’M SAYING, IT MAY NOT BE A CAR CRASH, YOU HAVE PEOPLE HERE — PEOPLE HAVE AN OPINION IT’S A GREAT FIGHT. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE ALL KINDS OF OPINIONS. MY BOTTOM LINE IS THIS. NO MATTER WHAT OPINIONS THERE ARE, OPINIONS ARE GOOD! BECAUSE THEY DRAW — >>YOU’RE WATCHING THE FIGHT. >>YES. >>THAT’S WHY IT’S GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST PAY-PER-VIEW OF ALL-TIME. I GUARANTEE IT. >>AND THIS AUDIENCE HERE AT THE STAPLES CENTER, FOUR PRESS STOPS ON THIS UNIQUE GLOBAL TOUR, FOUR PRESS TOURS IN THREE COUNTRIES. AND IT’S ALL HAPPENING THIS WEEK. THERE’S ONE COMING UP IN TORONTO. THEY HAD TO OPEN UP, MOVE TO A BIGGER VENUE. BROOKLYN AND THEN LONDON, ENGLAND. AND BY THE WAY, IF YOU’RE WATCHING US ON FACEBOOK LIVE, POSE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE FOR BRENDAN OR PAULIE WHEN IT COMES TO ONCE IN A LIFETIME CLASH. AND, AGAIN, GUYS, TEN OR MAKE THAT TWELVE THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS, 154 POUNDS WEIGHT CLASS. TEN-OUNCE BOXING GLOVES. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, THOSE STATS, THE 154 POUNDS, THAT’S A WIN FOR McGREGOR RIGHT THERE, IS IT NOT?>>IT’S BETTER FOR McGREGOR TO FIGHT AT JUNIOR MIDDLE WEIGHT BUT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW FLOYD MAKES WEIGHT EITHER. MAYBE IT’S GOOD FOR FLOYD. I WANT TO SEE WHAT BRENDAN’S TAKE ON THAT IS, AS WELL. >>YEAH, I THINK IT REALLY FAVORS CONOR McGREGOR AT 154 POUNDS. AT 155, THE LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION IN THE UFC IS EXACTLY WHERE HE BELONGS. HE’S THE CHAMPION THERE. SO IT’S NOT A HARD WAKE-UP FOR HIM. IT’S WHERE HE CAN BE HIS BIGGEST, MOST EXPLOSIVE. AT 70, WE HAVE SEEN HIM SUFFER A LITTLE BIT. AT 45, SUFFER. 154 IS PERFECT FOR CONOR McGREGOR. I ACTUALLY THINK FLOYD THERE GAVE UP A LITTLE GROUND IN HIS NEGOTIATIONS THERE. TO MY POINT, CONOR IS THE “A” SIDE. FOR FLOYD TO GIVE HIM 154 IS A GREAT EXAMPLE THERE. >>ALL RIGHT. WE ARE JUST MINUTES AWAY FROM MEETING THE PARTICULARS. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY CONGREGATED HERE AT THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES. PLENTY OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, DANCE TROOPS, HIP-HOP ARTISTS. AGAIN, THIS IS — THIS TRANSCENDS COMBAT SPORTS. THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME HAPPENING. A CULTURAL EVENT THAT HAS DEFINITELY RESONATED WITH PEOPLE WORLDWIDE. AND WE CANNOT WAIT FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th, T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, WHERE FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND CONOR McGREGOR WILL — WELL, DON THE BOXING GLOVES AND GO AT IT IN THIS MEGA EVENT. WE ARE JUST MOMENTS AWAY FROM THROWING TO LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. WE HAVE ALOE BLACC, WHO IS GOING TO BE PERFORMING. KING, ALSO KNOWN FOR THE THEME FOR THAT GREAT SHOW. MAKE IT IN AMERICA. I NEED A DOLLAR. WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF — >>SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>I NEED A DOLLAR — >>I’LL TAKE MO’S WORD FOR IT.>>THERE’S PLENTY OF DOLLARS AT STAKE HERE, MY FRIEND. AND, AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT THE FANS WANTED. SO REGARDLESS OF THE TWITTER TRIBAL NIGHTS, REGARDLESS OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DENIGRATING THIS FIGHT, THERE MAY BE MANY REASONS YOU CAN JUSTIFY DOING THAT, THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN, AUGUST 26th. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE CRITICIZING RIGHT NOW ARE GOING TO BE THE LAST-MINUTE IMPULSE BUYERS. DO YOU AGREE?>>YEAH. THOSE TALKING ABOUT THE SWEET SCIENCE. IN THIS FIGHT, YOU’RE BRINGING IN SWEET SCIENCE AND ART TOGETHER. THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON HERE. YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF THE SWEET SCIENCE, BUT IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH. YOU’VE GOT TO OPEN UP YOUR MIND AND UNDERSTAND THAT CONOR CAN BOX. NOW, CAN HE BOX LIKE A CANELO OR LIKE A ZAB JUDAH, NO, BUT IT’S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. I’M JUST ASKING ALL OF THE BOXING EXPERTS. OPEN UP YOUR MIND. WHAT IF CONOR GIVES HIM PROBLEMS? WHAT IF HE LANDS THE BIG LEFT HAND THAT KNOCKED OUT JOSE ALDO, ONE OF THE BEST IN ALL-TIME IN 13 SECONDS?>>FALLACY FLOYD HAS PROBLEMS AGAIN. HE’S BEATEN EVERY SOUTHPAW HE’S FACED.>>I’VE NOTICED HIM MORE AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO SOUTHPAWS. HE’S AGGRESSIVE. THE ZAB JUDAH FIGHT, GOT HIT, BUT WAS AGGRESSIVE. THE MITCHELL FIT, AGGRESSIVE. AND THERE ARE SOUTHPAWS WHERE HE’S HAD MORE RESPECT. PACQUIAO, HE DIDN’T REALLY GET AGGRESSIVE. IT GOES BACK TO MY POINT IT’S GOING TO COME DOWN TO WHAT FLOYD SEES.>>RESPECT, DO YOU THINK, PAULIE? I THINK HE HAS TO RESPECT CONOR EARLY ON. >>I’LL TELL YOU WHAT THE RESPECT COMES FROM. IF I’M PROBING SHOTS AT YOU AND I’M SEEING, OKAY, THEY’RE NOT PUTTING YOU OUT OF POSITION. LET’S SEE — YOUR REACTIONS TO MY PROBING SHOTS ARE — YOUR POSITIONING IS STAYING PRETTY PUT, PRETTY STILL. EVEN IF YOU MOVE, IT’S NOT OUT OF POSITION. YOU’RE RENDERING YOURSELF DANGEROUS. IF YOU’RE MAKING TOO MANY FALSE MOVES OFF MY PROBING SHOTS, THEN I’M GOING TO START TO GET AGGRESSIVE. BECAUSE I REALIZE THERE ARE CHINKS IN THE ARMOR, SO TO SPEAK. THAT’S WHERE THE FEELING OUT PROCESS COMES IN.>>WHAT ABOUT IF FLOYD GOES — >>HE DOESN’T HAVE TO SO MUCH BE AGGRESSIVE. WHEN YOU’RE IN A PROBING SITUATION, YOU’RE IN COUNTER PUNCH MODE. YOU’RE NOT SHOOTING A LOT — >>YOU’RE DOWNLOADING THE DATA. >>SO I DON’T THINK CONOR IS GOING TO GET — I DON’T KNOW THE BEFTD THING FOR CONOR TO DO IS TO GET SUPER AGGRESSIVE OFF THAT. BUT IF HE’S SHOWING MAYWEATHER HE’S REACTIVE, POSITIONING REMAINS GOOD OFF THE PROBING SHOTS, THAT MAYWEATHER IS GOING TO BE — CAN’T JUST ATTACK. >>REMEMBER, HE’S A BIGGER GUY, TOO. SO EVEN WITH THE FAINTS, CONOR IS LIKE HE’S GOT A POSITION — >>YOU GUYS BOTH MENTIONED AGGRESSION. DOES FLOYD MAYWEATHER GO AGAINST TYPE? AND WE KNOW HE WANTS TO DOWNLOAD DATA. IS HE GOING TO SURPRISE EVERYONE AND BE HYPER AGGRESSIVE AGAINST CONOR McGREGOR?>>THAT’S MORE DEPENDENT ON CONOR THAN FLOYD.>>OKAY.>>AND WHAT ABOUT CONOR? DOES CONOR HAVE TO COME OUT AGGRESSIVE IN ORDER TO HAVE ANY KIND OF — >>HE NEEDS TO COME OUT SMART BUT AGGRESSIVE. EARLY ON. NOW WHEN I SAY AGGRESSIVE, I DON’T MEAN ON A BRAWLER TYPE. I MEAN UNORTHODOX, SMART, CALCULATED. WHAT GOT HIM TO THIS DANCE, WHICH IS HIS DISTANCE, HIS TIMING, HIS COUNTER PUNCHING. >>WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE HERE. AND RIGHT NOW WE’RE GOING TO GO TO THE STAGE. LET’S GIVE IT UP FOR ALOE BLACC! . . ♪ ♪ NOW I TOLD YOU BEFORE ♪ ♪ ♪ LIKE A BEAST IN THE JUNGLE ♪ ♪ IN THE HEAT OF THE RUMBLE ♪ ♪ I AIN’T GOT NOTHING TO LOSE ♪ ♪ HEY HEY ♪ ♪ I’VE BEEN FIGHTING THESE HARD TIMES IN THE GHETTOS OF MY MIND ♪ ♪ NOW IT’S VICTORY THAT I CHOOSE ♪ ♪ HEY HEY ♪ ♪ YES MY SOUL I CONFESS I’M A BAD, BAD MAN ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME ♪ ♪ I’M A LEGEND ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME ♪ ♪ I’M A LEGEND LEGEND ♪ ♪ BECAUSE I’VE BEEN DOWN SO LONG THAT MY CROWN IS SLIPPING ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME I’M A LEGEND LEGEND LEGEND NOOUD ♪ ♪ LIKE A BULL IN THE GLASS ♪ ♪ CAN’T NOTHING STAND IN MY WAY ♪ ♪ HEY ♪ ♪ I DON’T CARE WHAT THE PLACE IS FROM THE PENTHOUSE TO PAVEMENT ♪ ♪ BETTER HEAR WHAT I SAY ♪ ♪ BORN MAMA I CONFESS I’M A BAD, BAD MAN ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME ♪ ♪ I’M A LEGEND ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME YEAH I’M A LEGEND ♪ ♪ I’VE BEEN DOWN SO LONG THAT MY GROUND IS KISSING ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME ♪ ♪ I’M A LEGEND ♪ ♪ ♪ BEEN BROKE BEFORE BUT I NEVER BEEN BROKEN ♪ ♪ I’M THE TRUTH NOW THE TRUTH HAS SPOKEN ♪ ♪ KING THE KING IS ON YEAH ♪ ♪ YEAH ♪ ♪ THE KING IS BORN YEAH ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME I’M A LEGEND ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME YEAH I’M A LEGEND LEGEND ♪ ♪ BECAUSE I’VE BEEN DOWN SO LONG THAT MY CROWN IS GLISTENED ♪ ♪ AIN’T NO ONE LIKE ME I’M A LEGEND ♪ ♪ A KING IS BORN ♪ ♪>>>ALL RIGHT. THE VERY TALENTED ALOE BLACC, AS HE SERENADES THE CROWD HERE IN LOS ANGELES AT THE STAPLES CENTER, WHERE, AGAIN, WE ARE MINUTES AWAY FROM GOING TO THE STAGE AND INTRODUCING THE TWO PRINCIPLES FOR THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME CLASH. MAYWEATHER VERSUS McGREGOR. BUT RIGHT NOW, SHOWTIME HAS FOUND ITSELF ANOTHER HIT WITH “I’M DYING UP HERE”. FUNNY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.>>>IS THERE A MRS. DRUNK AT HOME?>>HOW MANY PEOPLE WANT TO SEE WILL FERRELL TONIGHT?>>YOU — AN ADULT, BABY?>>YOU DON’T STEAL ANOTHER GUY’S JOKE!>>WHAT ARE YOU SO PISSED OFF ABOUT?>>I’M SO MUCH FUNNIER.>>THIS IS HOW BABIES ARE MADE. >>IT’S ABOUT MONEY, FAME, AND GETTING LAID BY WOMEN WAY OUT OF OUR LEAGUE. >>SO WAKE UP.>>YOU’RE FUNNY. >>TONIGHT I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ALL ABOUT — Y’ALL STILL — RIGHT?>>HOW ABOUT WE SETTLE THIS LIKE MEN. 3, 2, 1.>>WHY NOT JUST PLAY ROCK, PAPER SCISSORS.>>WHAT, ARE WE — 10?>>LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. AND EVEN THOUGH THERE’S SOME DRAMATIC POINTS, BELIEVE ME, I KNOW YOU’RE A STAND-UP COMEDIAN. YOU’VE GOT TO BE WATCHING “I’M DYING UP HERE,” MAN. >>A LOT OF FRIENDS ON THAT SHOW.>>NOW, WE, OF COURSE, HAVE BROUGHT IN A MIXED MARTIAL ARTS EXPERT. A BOXING EXPERT. I’VE ACTUALLY CALLED MORE MMA FIGHTS THAN BOXING. BUT, GUYS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS SERIOUSLY NOW, 12 THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS UNDER RULES, TEN-OUNCE BOXING GLOVES. AGAIN, BRENDAN, I DON’T MEAN TO HARP ON THIS, BECAUSE CONOR McGREGOR ONE OF THE BEST STRIKERS IN MMA. DEADLY LEFT HAND. INCREDIBLY INTELLIGENT. I GIVE HIM HE’S GOT ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE MINDS I’VE EVER SEEN. THE WILL TO WIN. HOW CAN HE BEAT FLOYD MAYWEATHER’S FIRST TIME OUT?>>THE WAY HE’S GOING TO GET IT DONE, AT LEAST WIN ROUNDS AND MAKE THIS A COMPETITIVE FIGHT. LISTEN, FLOYD IS A SLOW STARTER. HE REALLY IS. YOU KNOW THIS BETTER THAN ANYONE, PAULIE. BOXERS DON’T GET STARTED UNTIL FOUR TO SIX ROUNDS. IN MMA, WE DON’T HAVE THAT LUXURY. SO YOU’LL SEE CONOR RIGHT OUT OF THE GATES APPLYING THE PRESSURE. PEOPLE WILL BE WATCHING AT HOME LOOKING AT FRIENDS GOING, DID THEY GIVE THAT ROUND TO CONOR? I THINK SO. AND HE’S GOING TO START PUTTING ROUNDS IN THE BACK. >>WHAT ABOUT CONDITIONING FOR ROUNDS IN MMA?>>HE CAN GET THAT DONE. >>WHAT IF HE STARTS TOO FAST? THAT’S THE THING. STARTING TOO FAST. >>I AGREE. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF FLOYD STARTS TOO SLOW? THAT LEFT HAND WILL PUT ANYONE TO SLEEP, AND HE’S PUT OUT — >>BUT YOU’VE GOT TO LAND CLEAN ON FLOYD. YOU MAY WIN A ROUND AND NEVERLAND CLEAN. ARE YOU TAKING ENOUGH OUT OF FLOYD FOR HIM NOT TO COME BACK LATE IN THE FIGHT. >>HIM AT 40 YEARS OLD, I WOULD BANK ON THAT. >>HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE LANDED CLEAN AGAINST FLOYD MAYWEATHER? MOSELEY?>>ZAB JUDAH, ORTIZ, MAIDANA, MAYBE.>>YOU’RE — >>IN ORDER TO GET — YOU CAN TELL A GUY CAN PUNCH, EVEN IF HE DOESN’T LAND AND HIT YOU CLEAN. BUT IS HE GOING TO SEPARATE YOU FROM YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS? IS HE GOING TO ROCK YOU, STUMBLE YOU? YOU CAN STILL START TO RESPECT THE GUY’S POWER, EVEN IF HE DOESN’T LEAVE YOU CLEAN. YOU CAN TELL, THAT GUY HAS HEAVY HANDS AND I DON’T WANT TO GET HIT CLEAN FROM THIS GUY. BUT TO HIT FLOYD CLEAN — FLOYD IS NOT JUST GOOD BECAUSE OF HIS REFLEXES. LET’S FACE IT, HIS REFLEXES ARE SLOWER. BUT HIS POSITIONING IS ALWAYS GOOD. >>YOU CAN’T JUST GRACE OVER THAT. YOU CAN’T JUST SAY, YEAH, HIS REFLEXES AREN’T AS GOOD. >>I’M NOT. TWO YEARS OFF IS THE BIGGEST CURIOSITY. TWO YEARS OFF? WE SAW SUGAR RAY LEONARD COME BACK, MUHAMMAD ALI, AND THEY WERE GETTING HIT MORE THAN THEY WERE USED TO.>>IN THAT SPORT, THOUGH. AND I KNOW CONOR IS AN ALL-TIME GREAT IN MMA. >>OF COURSE. AND THAT’S THE WILD CARD. THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. THAT’S WHY WE’RE DISCUSSING THIS, HAVING THIS DEBATE. >>WHAT INTERESTS YOU MOST ABOUT THIS? WHEN YOU FOUND OUT THAT IT ACTUALLY WAS GOING TO BE HAPPENING AND THAT YOU’RE COMING — COVERING IT — BY THE WAY, ARE YOU GOING TO WORK WITH HIM?>>I’M NOT SURE YET. CONOR TALKS. I MAY FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION TODAY.>>BEFORE WE GO, I — IF JOHN IS LISTEN TO THIS, THEY NEED A BOXING MIND IN THERE. NOT SO MUCH AS A SPARRING PARTNER. THEY NEED HIS MIND AND HIS EXPERIENCE. BECAUSE THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME THINGS FLOYD IS GOING TO DO THAT MOST MMA GUYS ARE GOING TO — >>WHAT SHOULD THEY DO WITH CONOR?>>IT IS — HERE’S THE THING. FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IS WHAT I’VE BEEN SAYING THUS FAR. POSITIONING. IF CONOR CAN RENDER HIS POSITIONING DANGEROUS, EVEN WHEN HE’S GETTING HIT, EVEN WHEN HE’S THROWING PUNCHES, EVEN WHEN THERE’S LULLS, IF HE RENDERS HIS POSITIONING DANGEROUS, THAT’S WHAT MAKES A FIGHTER HAVE TO RESPECT YOU. BECAUSE YOU MAY MISS A GUY — IF HIS POSITIONING IS GOOD, HE MAY BE ABLE TO HIT YOU. EVEN IF HE DOESN’T ALWAYS HIT YOU, IF HIS POSITIONING IS GOOD, YOU REALIZE THERE IS A THREAT THERE. SO I’VE GOT — I CAN’T JUST THROW EVERYTHING AT HIM. BECAUSE HIS POSITIONING IS GOING TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE HE MAY BE ABLE TO MAKE ME PAY. CONOR’S POSITIONING IS EVERYTHING. THAT IS THE HARDEST THING TO LEARN AND FIGURE OUT WHEN YOU’RE JUST STARTING TO BOX. I’M SURE THERE IS POSITIONING IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, AS WELL. THERE’S KICKS. SO YOUR DISTANCE IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. TAKEDOWN IS INVOLVED. THE WAY YOU’RE SETTING YOUR BODY IN GENERAL, YOUR STANCE, IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. AGAIN, POSITIONING COMES INTO PLAY IN ALL FORMS OF COMBAT. >>THAT’S WHERE DISTANCE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR CONOR.>>THIS IS PART OF THAT POSITIONING.>>IT’S EVERYTHING. >>POSITIONING IS EVERYTHING, INCLUDING DISTANCE. A LOT OF THINGS, INCLUDING DISTANCE. IS CONOR — PERSONALLY, I’M UNDER THE IMPRESSION IT TAKES YEARS TO FIGURE OUT THE BOXING POSITIONING TO BE CORRECT. BOTH OFFENSIVELY AND DEFENSIVELY. I’VE NEVER SEEN A PERSON LIKE CONOR McGREGOR EITHER, THOUGH. I’VE NEVER SEEN AN ATHLETE LIKE CONOR McGREGOR. >>THIS GUY IS A SUPREME ATHLETE. IF HE AT LEAST UNDERSTANDS THE CONCEPT OF HOW IMPORTANT POSITIONING IS, THEN HE CAN AT LEAST WORK ON IT.>>I GUARANTEE YOU, PAULIE.>>VERY SMART GUY. I WANT TO SWITCH TOPICS QUICKLY. THIS IS WHAT TODAY IS ABOUT. CONOR McGREGOR IS AN INCREDIBLY INTELLIGENT MAN WHO HAS NOT JUST TALKED HIS WAY INTO THE BIGGEST FIGHT MAYBE EVER IN TERMS OF FINANCIAL REWARD, BUT A GUY WHO — HE DELIVERS WHAT HE SAYS. SO THAT’S THE HOPE. THERE ARE SO MANY — YOU’RE RIGHT. SO MANY IRISH PEOPLE. YOU — I WANT TO BELIEVE IN CONOR McGREGOR, BECAUSE I KNOW HE BELIEVES IN HIMSELF SO MUCH. HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS PART OF THE BUILDUP, THE TRASH-TALKING? BECAUSE WHILE HE’S AN UNDERDOG IN BOXING, I CAN SEE HIM KNOCKING OUT FLOYD WHEN IT COMES TO A WAR OF WORDS. >>YEAH, HE’S UNDEFEATED IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE, I CAN TELL YOU THAT. IT STARTS HERE. BEFORE THEY GET IN THERE APRIL 26 — IT LITERALLY STARTS HERE. AND BOTH THESE GUYS ARE KNOWN FOR INTIMIDATING THEIR OPPONENTS DURING THE PRESS CONFERENCES. WHO IS GOING TO DO IT BETTER?>>CONOR IS MORE RELEVANT, HE’S YOUNGER, HE’S BETTER AT TRASH TALKING. >>HE’S ACTIVE.>>FLOYD MAYWEATHER — REMEMBER, OSCAR DE LA HOYA ADMITTED THAT FLOYD MAYWEATHER GOT INTO HIS HEAD AFTER THEIR 11-CITY TOUR, THEIR BIG FIGHT IN 2007. WHAT I’M SAYING IS — >>WHAT I’M SAYING IS, YOU SAY A LOT OF THINGS AFTER YOU LOSE JUST TO PUT IT OUT THERE. >>OKAY. SO YOU DON’T THINK CONOR CAN GET INTO FLOYD’S HEAD AT ALL?>>FROM — >>FROM AN Xs AND O STANDPOINT, NO. I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GO BACK TO THE GYM, WORK ON WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, WORK ON YOUR GAME PLAN. THE “X” FACTOR COMES IN AS FAR AS GETTING IN FLOYD’S HEAD. FLOYD’S EGO MANIACALNESS. IF THAT’S EVEN A WORD. >>THE TOUR BEGINS RIGHT NOW.>>I’M GOING TO STAY AT THE TOP. THE WAY I WANT TO. . >>MY FIST IS JUST GOING TO BREAK HIS WHOLE FACE, AND THAT’S IT. >>YOU’VE GOT MMA FIGHTERS CALLING ME OUT. THERE’S NO WAY. COMING TO THE TOP OF THE GAME.>>IT’S NOT A NORMAL FIGHT. IT’S A BUSINESS.>>CONOR McGREGOR HAS SAID HE WILL NOW TURN ALL OF HIS ATTENTION TO FIGHT ONLY ONE MAN, AND THAT IS FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER.>>MAKE HISTORY EVERY SINGLE DAY.>>IT’S GOING TO BE FAMILIAR. I ALREADY KNOW THAT I CAN FACE ANYTHING.>>I KNOW HOW TO FIGHT. I KNOW HOW TO WIN. I’M GOD-GIFTED.>>I HOLD THIS ENTIRE GAME IN THE PALM OF MY HAND.>>IT’S ALWAYS BUSINESS. IT’S NEVER PERSONAL FOR ME.>>IT’S 43 YEARS. >>IT COMES DOWN TO BOXING. I’M THE BEST AT THIS.>>AND NOW, CONOR McGREGOR! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>>AND HE IS MAKING HIS RETURN TO THE RING, FOR THE 40th TIME IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER. A VETERAN OF 26 WORLD TITLES, AND HAVING FACED OVER 20 WORLD CHAMPIONS, HE HAS NEVER TURNED DOWN A CHALLENGE. HERE’S THE MAN WHO ANSWERS THIS LATEST CHALLENGE. HE IS THE ONE AND ONLY FLOYD MAYWEATHER! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>>AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, INTRODUCING THE FORMER FIVE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION FROM LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, WITH A RECORD OF 49 WINS, NO LOSSES. 26 KNOCKOUTS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HERE IS BOXING’S UNDISPUTED TOP ATTRACTION. PLEASE WELCOME THE UNDEFEATED, 11-TIME CHAMPION OF THE WORLD! FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER! ♪ ♪ ♪>>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, A VERY GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU. WE WELCOME YOU TO STAPLES CENTER FOR OUR THREE-COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL PRESS TOUR. ANNOUNCING THE BLOCKBUSTER EVENT TAKING PLACE AT THE MGM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, ON AUGUST 26th. IT’S MAYWEATHER VERSUS McGREGOR. ON SHOWTIME PAY-PER-VIEW. WELL, FANS, THIS UNPRECEDENTED EVENT HAS GARNERED ATTENTION ACROSS THE GLOBE FOR MANY, MANY MONTHS NOW. BUT IT WOULD NEVER HAVE MATERIALIZED WITHOUT THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION AND THE RISKS OF THESE FOLKS BEHIND THE SCENES. AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THE FOLKS BEHIND THE SCENES, A LITTLE BIT WHAT IT TOOK TO MAKE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE, AND ALSO WHAT MAKES IT SO VERY, VERY SPECIAL. FIRST, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I INTRODUCE TO YOU A MAN WHO IS UNDER LEADERSHIP SHOWTIME BOXING HAS THRIVED TREMENDOUSLY AND FOUND SO MUCH SUCCESS. PLEASE WELCOME TO THE MICROPHONE THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF SHOWTIME SPORTS, MR. STEVEN ESPINOZA. >>GET OUT OF MY SEAT!>>GOOD AFTERNOON. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, SHOWTIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH ME FOR MGM GRAND TO GIVE FANS THE BIGGEST AND MOST EXCITING EVENTS IN SPORTS. BIG FIGHT AFTER BIG FIGHT. RECORD-BREAKING EVENT AFTER RECORD-BREAKING EVENT. WE’RE HAPPY TO BE WORKING WITH MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS AND MGM GRAND ONCE AGAIN. WE’RE ALSO HAPPY TO BE WORKING WITH UFC AGAIN. WE HAVE A LONG HISTORY AT SHOWTIME AND MMA AND WE’RE GLAD TO BE IN BUSINESS WITH UFC AND CONOR. WE WILL BE WORKING TO DELIVER THIS EVENT TO YOU, THE FANS, IN UNPRECEDENTED WAYS. BRINGING PLANS CLOSER THAN EVER TO THE FIGHTERS FOR THE BUILDUP AND PREPARATION AND, OF COURSE, “FIGHT NIGHT” ITSELF. IT STARTS WITH THIS FOUR-CITY PRESS TOUR, STREAMING LIVE ON THE SHOWTIME CHANNELS, UFC.COM, LIVE ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK, ESPN AND FOX SPORTS. AND, OF COURSE, ESPN WILL BE BRINGING YOU INTO THE TRAINING CAMPS, BEHIND THE SCENES, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, WITH ALL ACCESS. THE ALL-ACCESS SERIES, YOUR BACKSTAGE PASS TO THIS FIGHT WILL PREMIER JULY 28th ON SHOWTIME. AND WHEN IT COMES TO “FIGHT NIGHT,” THIS FIGHT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU — MORE AVAILABLE ON MORE DIFFERENT PLATFORMS THAN ANY OTHER SPORTING EVENT IN RECENT HISTORY. WHETHER YOU’RE WATCHING AT HOME ON TV, ON MOBILE, THROUGH YOUR CABLE PROVIDER, SATELLITE, WATCH TV STREAMING, THIS FIGHT WILL BE ABLE TO WATCHABLE BY YOU ON ANY PLATFORM, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE. YOU KNOW, THEY SAID THIS FIGHT COULD NEVER BE MADE. THEY SAID THIS FIGHT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. BUT IF YOU GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT, IT REALLY IS NO SURPRISE. LET ME EXPLAIN. TEN YEARS AGO, FLOYD MAYWEATHER DECIDED TO LEAVE HIS PROMOTER. HE WAS TIRED OF WORKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE. HE WANTED TO BE HIS OWN BOSS. HE PAID $750,000 TO BUY OUT OF HIS CONTRACT. PEOPLE SAID HE WAS CRAZY. THEY SAID HE WOULD FAIL. BUT HE DIDN’T. HE BOUGHT HIS WAY OUT. HE BECAME HIS OWN BOSS. AND PAY-PER-VIEW RECORD AFTER PAY-PER-VIEW RECORD. FLOYD HAD A PLAN, AND HERE WE ARE, 49-0, UNDEFEATED. HE’S FOUGHT 24 WORLD CHAMPIONS. 24-0. OVER HIS CAREER, FLOYD MAYWEATHER HAS GENERATED 20 MILLION PAY-PER-VIEW BUYS. $1.3 BILLION IN PAY-PER-VIEW REVENUE. 20 MILLION BUYS. $1.3 BILLION. HE IS BY FAR THE NUMBER ONE ATTRACTION IN SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT. THERE’S NO ONE ELSE WHO IS EVEN CLOSE. AM I SURPRISED THIS FIGHT IS HAPPENING? AM I SURPRISED THAT AT AGE 40 FLOYD IS COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT TO FIGHT SOMEONE WHO IS YOUNGER, BIGGER, STRONGER THAN HE IS? NO. NOT AT ALL. THIS IS FLOYD’S PLAN. TO DO THE BIGGEST, MOST MEMORABLE, MOST EXCITING, MOST SPECTACULAR EVENTS THAT SPORTS HAS EVER SEEN. THAT’S WHAT AUGUST 26th WILL BE. AND THAT’S BEEN THE PLAN ALL ALONG.>>THANK YOU TO STEPHEN ESPINOZA. AND NOW WE GO TO ONE OF THE HOSTS OF THE FIGHTS. IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE NEW MGM T-MOBILE ARENA. WELCOME TO THE MICROPHONE, THE PRESIDENT OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, MR. RICHARD STURM.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOOD AFTERNOON TO THE MEDIA, OUR EVENT PARTNERS, THE SPONSORS AND ALL THE GREAT FIGHT FANS HERE AT STAPLES. AND AROUND THE GLOBE WATCHING TODAY’S EVENT ONLINE. WE ARE THRILLED THAT THIS FIGHT HAS COME TO FRUITION, AND THAT IT WILL BE HELD WITH THE T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS. THE NEWEST HOME OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS IN THE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. IN ONLY 15 MONTHS, THE T-MOBILE ARENA HAS QUICKLY BECOME THE INDUSTRY LEADER AND HOME TO MANY OF THE GREATEST ATHLETES AND ENTERTAINERS IN THE WORLD. THERE ALREADY HAS BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY DEMAND TO THIS UNPRECEDENTED EVENT. WE ARE CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VARIETY OF ANCILLARY PROGRAMMING AS WELL AROUND OUR PROPERTIES THAT WILL ALLOW US TO HOST MORE EVENTS. THIS INCLUDES CLOSED-CIRCUIT VIEWING THROUGHOUT OUR PROPERTIES. WE APPRECIATE — OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PROMOTERS, NETWORKS, FIGHTERS AND MEDIA, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LAS VEGAS IN OUR CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS. ON BEHALF OF OUR 77,000 EMPLOYEES AND OUR T-MOBILE ARENA PARTNERS AT AEG, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANKS TO AL HEYMAN AND HIS STAFF, LEONARD ELLERBE AND THE MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS TEAM. DANA WHITE AND THE UFC STAFF. STEVEN ESPINOZA WITH SHOWTIME SPORTS. BOB BENNETT OF THE ATHLETIC COMMISSION. THERE’S NO CITY THAT HOSTS EVENTS THE WAY LAS VEGAS DOES, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHOWING THAT TO THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN ON AUGUST 26th. LAS VEGAS AND THE T-MOBILE ARENA WILL BE THE CENTER OF THE SPORTS UNIVERSE THROUGH THIS GREAT SPECTACLE WHEN TWO GREAT CHAMPIONS BRING TWO SPORTS TOGETHER FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. IT’S GOING TO BE AN ABSOLUTE ELECTRIC WEEKEND, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO DELIVERING AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OUR GUESTS WHO HAVE TRAVELED FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO ATTEND THIS GREAT EVENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO RICHARD. AND NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS FIGHT CERTAINLY COULD NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT THE COOPERATION OF THE FOLLOWING GENTLEMEN. PLEASE WELCOME THE RENOWN PRESIDENT OF THE UFC, MR. DANA WHITE!>>WHAT’S UP, LOS ANGELES! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE REIGNING, DEFENDING, 155-POUND CHAMPION OF THE UFC, THE NOTORIOUS CONOR McGREGOR!>>BABY, WE DID IT! I COULDN’T HEAR — I COULDN’T HEAR ANYTHING THOSE — SAID. THIS BOXING PRESS CONFERENCE IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SET THAN WE’RE USED TO. BUT 20,000 PEOPLE. IT’S MIND-BLOWING. I’M ABSOLUTELY HONORED TO BE HERE BEFORE YOU. TO GIVE YOU THIS GREAT SPECTACLE. AND SOMEBODY’S O HAS GOT TO GO. HE’S IN A — TRACK SUIT! HE CAN’T EVEN AFFORD A SUIT ANY MORE! 2012! HE IS [ EXPLETIVE ]! THERE IS NO OTHER WAY ABOUT IT. HIS LITTLE LEGS, HIS LITTLE CORE, HIS LITTLE HEAD. I’M GOING TO KNOCK HIM OUT INSIDE FOUR ROUNDS. MARK MY WORDS. I ALWAYS SAID — I ALWAYS SAID I WILL EVENTUALLY RISE UP AND BE IN ASSOCIATION WITH — IF YOU ZOOM IN RIGHT THERE OVER MY LEFT SHOULDER, YOU CAN SEE ON THE POSTER, McGREGOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT. I ROSE UP, AND I BECAME IN ASSOCIATION WITH. WHAT CAN I SAY? I’M A YOUNG, CONFIDENT, HAPPY MAN THAT HAS WORKED EXTREMELY HARD FOR THIS. I HAVE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD FOR THIS. SO I AM JUST EMBRACING EVERYTHING. NOBODY IS GOING TO DO NOTHING. NOBODY CAN DO NOTHING UP HERE TO ME. I CAN DO WHAT THE [ EXPLETIVE ] I WANT UP HERE. SO I’M JUST ENJOYING MYSELF, HAVING A GOOD TIME. AND THAT’S IT. AS FAR AS THE FIGHT, HE WILL BE UNCONSCIOUS INSIDE FOUR ROUNDS. THE MOVEMENT, THE POWER. THE FEROCIOUSNESS. HE’S NOT EXPERIENCED THIS. HE’S FOUGHT PEOPLE WHO HAVE SHIED AWAY FROM HIM. I DON’T FEAR HIM. I DON’T FEAR THIS LIMITED SET OF FIGHTING. THIS IS A LIMITED SET OF RULES THAT MAKES THIS HALF A FIGHT. A QUARTER OF A FIGHT. THIS ISN’T A TRUE FIGHT. IF THIS WAS A TRUE FIGHT, IT WOULDN’T EVEN TAKE ONE ROUND. HOUSE THIS SUIT LOOK? AN AUGUST McGREGOR LINE. I HAVE MY OWN LINE OF SUITS COMING OUT. IF YOU ZOOM IN ON THE PIN STRIPES, IT SAYS [ EXPLETIVE ]. I’M JUST BLESSED. THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO CATCH ME OFF GUARD ALL OVER THE PLACE. DIDN’T KNOW I WOULD HAVE TO GIVE A SPEECH. BUT I’M JUST ENJOYING IT. ALL THESE RULES, ALL THESE RESTRICTIONS. IT DOESN’T PHASE ME. IT AMUSES ME. THE GLOVES. THEY HAVE TO BE TEN OUNCE. 154 POUNDS. HE’S NEVER FOUGHT AT 154. I THINK HE’S FOUGHT AT 154 MAYBE ONCE. HE WANTS TO GLOVES UP. NO PROBLEM. GIVE HIM THE GRLOVES UP. I’LL WEAR TEN OUNCES. NOW MEXICAN-MADE GLOVES. OKAY, NO PROBLEM. WE DON’T — WE’RE ONLY WEARING GLOVES IN OUR GAME ABOUT FIVE YEARS. SO I DON’T GIVE A [ EXPLETIVE ] ABOUT GLOVES OR ANY OF THAT. I’M JUST ENJOYING IT. IT’S FUNNY TO ME, ALL THESE RULES. AND ALL I NEED IS A GUM SHIELD. LINE ME UP TO THE RING, AND I’M GOOD TO GO. SO — I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY. I’M JUST FEELING SO GOOD! I SWEAR TO GOD, I CAN’T EVEN CONTAIN IT. CIAO TO MY LITTLE SON, CONOR JR. WATCHING BACK HOME! I’M A DADDY NOW! HE IS THE PERFECT MOTIVATION FOR ME TO GO AND ONCE AGAIN CONQUER. MY LITTLE BOY, TO PROVIDE FOR HIM AND TO — TO PROVIDE FOR HIM AND TO SET HIM UP FOR LIFE. I MEAN, WHAT MORE MOTIVATION COULD YOU NEED? I JUST LOOK AT HIM, AND IT’S LIKE — PUSHES ME ON TO KEEP GOING. I KEEP DOING THESE RECORD-BREAKING EVENTS. I MEAN, NO ONE HAS DONE THIS BEFORE. YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE ME THAT. NO ONE HAS DONE THIS. NO ONE HAS CROSSED OVER LIKE THIS. THERE’S BEEN A FEW TIMES IN HISTORY WHERE PEOPLE HAVE CROSSED OVER. MUHAMMAD ALI FOUGHT ANTONO IN JAPAN MANY YEARS AGO UNDER MMA RULES. HE THOUGHT IT WAS A WRESTLING CONTEST. SO THAT WASN’T LIKE THIS. THEN JAMES TONY, WHO HAD A VERY BIG PROBLEM WITH THE SPORT AND BIG PROBLEM WITH THE UFC, VERY SIMILAR TO THE WAY FLOYD HAS. BUT HE CROSSED OVER INTO OUR WORLD. FLOYD HAS A PROBLEM, BUT DOESN’T WANT TO COME OVER AND DEAL WITH IT. HE WANTS ME TO COME OVER TO HIS SIDE. THAT’S NO PROBLEM. I’LL DO THAT. THAT’S CONFIDENCE. LOOK, LET’S GET THIS STARTED. LET’S HAVE FUN. THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. I APPRECIATE IT.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TO THE NOTORIOUS CONOR McGREGOR. NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HERE, PART OF THE PROMOTIONAL TEAM, HE WILL BE INTRODUCING HIS FIGHTER AT THIS TIME. PLEASE WELCOME THE CEO OF MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS, LEONARD ELLERBE!>>L.A.! WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME THE UNDEFEATED, 12-TIME WORLD CHAMPION IN FIVE DIFFERENT WEIGHT CLASSES. THE BEST-EVER, THE UNDISPUTED POUND FOR POUND WORLD CHAMPION. NONE OTHER THAN FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER! ♪>>HARD WORK! HARD WORK! HARD WORK! HARD WORK! I STILL GOT IT. ALL WORK IS WHAT? ALL WORK IS WHAT? WELL, POINT TO THE EASY WORK THEN! 21 IS THE NUMBER. AND THEY SAY WHY IS 21 — THEY SAID, WHY IS 21 A NUMBER? BECAUSE THAT’S HOW LONG I’VE BEEN KICKING ASS. I DON’T GIVE A [ EXPLETIVE ] IF IT’S A RING. I DON’T GIVE A [ EXPLETIVE ] IF IT’S THE OCTAGON. PUT ME IN THERE AND I’M GOING TO KICK [ EXPLETIVE ]. >>DON’T TALK [ EXPLETIVE ]. YOU DO GIVE A [ EXPLETIVE ] IF IT’S THE OCTAGON.>>ALL WORK IS WHAT? ALL WORK IS WHAT? WELL, POINT TO THE [ EXPLETIVE ] EASY WORK THEN!>>OH, YOU ALREADY KNOW. YOU ALREADY KNOW I AIN’T [ EXPLETIVE ], MATE. I AIN’T BACKING DOWN FOR NOBODY. YOU LINE THEM UP, AND I KNOCK THEM DOWN LIKE BOWLING PINS. AND AUGUST 26th, I’M GOING TO KNOCK THIS [ EXPLETIVE ] OUT TOO.>>YEAH, RIGHT.>>YOU HAVEN’T KNOCKED ANYBODY OUT IN ABOUT 20 YEARS!>>DANCE FOR ME, BOY! DANCE FOR ME, SON! DANCE FOR ME!>>HEY, GIVE ME THAT BACKPACK! GIVE ME THAT BACKPACK! LET ME SHOW YOU [ EXPLETIVE ] WHAT $100 MILLION FIGHTER LOOKS LIKE. STILL GOT $100 MILLION, AND I AIN’T NEVER TOUCHED THIS [ EXPLETIVE ]. >>THAT’S FOR THE TAX MAN.>>YOU’RE RIGHT. I’M THE IRS, AND I’M GOING TO TAX YOUR [ EXPLETIVE ].>>YOU’RE NOT GONNA DO [ EXPLETIVE ].>>YEAH. YEAH, WE KNEW I WAS THE “A” SIDE. THAT’S WHY THEY SAID MAYWEATHER FIRST. WE KNEW I WAS THE “A” SIDE. THAT’S WHY THIS — HAD TO COME TO THE BOXING RING. YEAH! HEY! HE LOOK GOOD FOR A SEVEN-FIGURE FIGHTER. HE LOOK GOOD FOR AN EIGHT-FIGURE FIGHTER. BUT — I’M A NINE-FIGURE FIGHTER. Y’ALL KNOW WHAT? THIS — MADE $3 MILLION HIS LAST FIGHT! BUT WE KNOW THAT’S TRAINING CAMP MONEY FOR ME. MGM GRAND, I WANT TO THANK THE MGM GRAND. I WANT TO THANK SHOWTIME. I WANT TO THANK THE MMA FANS. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO — I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO CONOR McGREGOR. I WANT TO THANK YOU AND YOUR TEAM. I’VE GOT TO THANK DANA WHITE, BECAUSE IT TAKES TWO WARRIORS TO BRING AN EVENT LIKE THIS TOGETHER. AND THE TWO BIGGEST NAMES IN COMBAT SPORTS DID THIS. SO I DIDN’T DO THIS BY MYSELF. THIS MAN PLAYED A MAJOR PART IN THIS FIGHT. BUT AUGUST 26th, THAT’S YOUR — THAT’S YOUR — YOU NAME HIM, AND I’LL BEAT HIM. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT — WE’RE TALKING ABOUT FROM THE ’90s TO NOW. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WORLD CHAMPION 18 YEARS. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S NO PROBLEM. HE SAID — MAYWEATHER. I LOOK GOOD IN MY SUIT. I SAY, GUESS WHAT? AUGUST 26th, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE ON THE SAME THING. IT’S GOING TO BE THE SAME RESULTS. IT’S GOING TO BE THE SAME RESULTS. AND IF YOU WANT EIGHT-OUNCE GLOVES, LET’S PUT EIGHT-OUNCE GLOVES ON. IF YOU WANT FOUR-OUNCE GLOVES, LET’S PUT FOUR-OUNCE GLOVES ON! DON’T FOOL THE PUBLIC! DON’T FOOL THE PUBLIC! HARD WORK! HARD WORK! HARD WORK! HARD WORK! YEAH! WE’RE GOING TO GET OFF ON THAT — GET OFF OF THAT — THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO. AND GUESS WHAT? I’M AN OLD MAN. I’M AN OLD MAN. I’M NOT EVEN THE SAME MAN I WAS 20 YEARS AGO. I’M NOT THE SAME FIGHTER I WAS TEN YEARS AGO. I’M NOT THE SAME FIGHTER I WAS FIVE YEARS AGO. I’M NOT THE SAME FIGHTER I WAS TWO YEARS AGO. BUT I’VE GOT ENOUGH TO BEAT YOU. AND WE KNOW — WE KNOW MR. TAP-OUT LIKES TO QUIT. AND YOU WILL WAVE THAT WHITE FLAG. BECAUSE YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICH WAY YOU WANT TO GO. AND I’M GUARANTEEING YOU THIS. YOU’RE GOING OUT ON YOUR FACE OR YOU’RE GOING OUT ON YOUR BACK. NOW WHICH WAY YOU WANT TO GO? WHICH WAY YOU WANT TO GO? THAT’S RIGHT. SIT QUIET, YOU LITTLE — TALKING ABOUT MY DEFENSE. I’VE GOT GOOD DEFENSE. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SHOW UP — YOU JUST SHOW UP, OKAY? AND I’M GOING TO DO THE REST. YOU SHOW UP, I’M GOING TO DO THE REST. >>I’M HERE RIGHT NOW!>>YOU CAN GET IT RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN GET IT RIGHT NOW! YOU CAN GET IT RIGHT NOW! YOU CAN GET IT RIGHT NOW! TALKING THAT — Y’ALL WANT ME TO GIVE IT TO HIM RIGHT NOW? RIGHT NOW? NO, WE’RE GOING TO SAVE THAT FOR THE PAYDAY. WE’RE GOING TO SAVE THAT FOR THE MONEY. YOU KNOW, LISTEN. YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO. YOU CAN SCREAM FOR WHOEVER YOU WANT TO SCREAM FOR. YOU CAN SHOUT FOR WHOEVER YOU WANT TO SHOUT FOR. GOD DON’T MAKE MISTAKES. AND GOD ONLY MADE ONE THING PERFECT. AND THAT’S MY BOXING RECORD. HEY, DON’T WE HAVE TO POSE THE FIGHTERS NOW? FACE-TO-FACE!>>THERE THEY ARE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! IT’S MAYWEATHER VERSUS McGREGOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th, AT THE MGM T-MOBILE ARENA ON SHOWTIME PAY-PER-VIEW. THIS AFTERNOON WAS INDEED THE VERY FIRST TIME THESE TWO HAVE MET. THE VERY FIRST TIME THEY ARE GOING FACE-TO-FACE. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THE ACTION. ONCE AGAIN, SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th. MGM, T-MOBILE ARENA, LAS VEGAS, SHOWTIME PAY-PER-VIEW.>>>AS THE FIGHTERS ARE FACING OFF, WE DO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THIS INTERNATIONAL PRESS TOUR. IT CONTINUES TOMORROW IN TORONTO. ON THURSDAY, IN NEW YORK CITY AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN, AND ON FRIDAY, WE GO ACROSS THE POND TO LONDON, ARENA WEMBLEY. LIVE COVERAGE FOR ALL OF OUR PRESS CONFERENCES, SHOWTIME SPORTS, YOUTUBE CHANNEL, SHOWTIME BOXING, FACEBOOK PAGE, CBS SPORTS.COM, AND UFC.COM. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>>MY FRIENDS, WE HAVE STEPPED INTO ANOTHER UNIVERSE, AND THERE YOU GO. THE FIRST TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME BETWEEN FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND CONOR McGREGOR. BRENDAN, OBVIOUSLY, A PRO CONOR CROWD HERE IN LOS ANGELES. AND WE KIND OF JOKED ABOUT IT BEFORE, GOING ON THE AIR. MAYBE ONE OF THEM WAS NOT GOING TO NECESSARILY TAKE THE HIGH ROAD. NONE OF THEM DID. BUT CONOR DID HIS PIECE, WENT BACK, SAT DOWN. WHILE FLOYD MAYWEATHER, KIND OF THAT STICK AND MOVE. AND — YOU KNOW, HE STARTED — HE WENT TO “MONEY” MAYWEATHER QUICK AGAINST OSCAR DE LA HOYA. REMEMBER HE WENT FROM “PRETTY BOY FLOYD” TO MAYWEATHER.>>THAT’S THE BEST I’VE EVER SEEN FLOYD DO. AND THIS IS COMING FROM A GUY — EVERYONE KNOWS, I’M A HUGE CONOR FAN. I DEFEND HIM UNTIL THE DAY I DIE. HOWEVER, HE LOST LOS ANGELES. FLOYD SURPRISED ME. >>HE MAY HAVE WON THE WAR OF WORDS. BUT PAULIE, WERE YOU SURPRISED AT ALL BY THE FEEDBACK FROM THE CROWD FOR CONOR AND NOT FLOYD? OR WERE YOU USED TO THIS?>>NO, I THINK EVEN FLOYD IS USED TO IT. FLOYD IS USED TO BEING THE HEEL, NOT THE FAN FAVORITE. A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCH FLOYD MAYWEATHER TO SEE HIM GET BEAT. >>BUT ANY TIME THEY SHOW FLOYD, BOOS, BOOS, BOOS — CONOR, A SIMPLE WAVE AND THIS PLACE GOES NUTS. >>WITH THE CROWD — WE HAD THAT WITH CANELO AND PACQUIAO. AS FAR AS THE CROWD BEING AGAINST HIM, I’M NOT SURE. >>DO YOU AGREE WHAT HE SAID? DO YOU AGREE THAT FLOYD GOT THE BEST OF THE TRASH-TALKING?>>I THOUGHT FLOYD WAS PAST ALL OF THE TRASH-TALK STUFF. I THOUGHT HE WAS LIKE WHATEVER. HE SHOWED UP IN A SWEAT SUIT. WE’RE LIKE, HE’S OVER IT. HE JUST WANTS TO FIGHT WHICH IS NORMAL FOR SOMEBODY HIS AGE. BUT I THINK CONOR GOT HIM GOING. GOT THE ENGINE REVVED. SOMETIMES THESE YOUNGER FIGHTERS BRING THAT SPARK IN YOU. WHERE IT’S LIKE, OH, YEAH? OKAY.>>THAT’S WHERE I THINK CONOR BROUGHT OUT THE VINTAGE FLOYD. BUT I LIKE WHAT CONOR DID TODAY.>>HE LOOKED LIKE MACHO MAN. HE WENT FOR A WALK, AND — >>THE STICK AND MOVE STRATEGY.>>WWF WRESTLERS, THEY WOULD WALK AWAY AND THEN COME BACK. YOU KNOW MEAN GENE, WOULD WALK AWAY AND THEN COME BACK. >>WHAT ABOUT THE STAR POWER OF A CONOR McGREGOR, THOUGH? DRESSED TO THE 9s. HE JUST SOAKS IT UP. AND YOU CAN TELL, GENUINELY DOES IMPACT THEM, TALKING ABOUT HIS BABY BOY. IT’S COOL TO SEE. >>YOU CAN TELL CONOR IS SUPER PASSIONATE. HE GETS THE SPECTACLE — ESPECIALLY THESE PRESS TOURS, BUT HE’S HERE TO WIN THE FIGHT. YOU CAN TELL IT’S PERSONAL FOR CONOR. FOR FLOYD, NOT SO MUCH. HE’S BEEN HERE BEFORE.>>CONOR CAME DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION, WE’LL SAY THAT.>>CONOR CAME DRESSED LIKE IT’S THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY OF HIS LIFE. FLOYD DID NOT. ALTHOUGH FLOYD HAD AN ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE HE GOT TO LISTEN TO HOW CONOR WAS GOING TO SET THE PACE SO THEN FLOYD — >>NOW IS THAT PART OF IT? NEGOTIATE THAT PART?>>THAT’S PART OF THE “A” SIDE, “B” SIDE. THE “B” SIDE ALWAYS GOES SECOND. GETS THE ADVANTAGES THAT IN THE LONG RUN PLAY A LONG WAY. SO NO MATTER WHAT, IF YOU’RE THE FAN FAVORITE, IN THE FIGHT, THE “B” SIDE HAS THESE THINGS. PART OF BEING THE “A” SIDE, YOU GETTING TO SECOND AT THE PODIUM EVERY TIME. >>TO PRODUCTION, THOUGH, AS WELL. YOU KNOW?>>A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THIS IS AN INDICATION OF ILLUSTRATION OF CAPITALISM RUN AMOK AND A LOT OF PEOPLE AREBOOING THE FIGHT BECA IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. >>DON’T TALK CAPITALISM FOR THIS. THE BEST FIGHT PAYS THE MOST MONEY. >>I HEAR YOU. I’M SAYING WHAT SOME HAVE SAID. BUT TO ME, THIS IS WHAT FLOYD IS ABOUT. NOW, PEOPLE CAN SAY, WELL, IT’S ALWAYS MONEY FLOYD. COME UP WITH IN MATERIAL. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE MORE AS THE TOUR MOVES ON?>>MORE MATERIAL.>>YEAH. >>YOU KNOW WHAT, I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE IN CONOR. HE ACTUALLY GOT CONOR KIND OF UPSET. MENTALLY, YOU KNOW, CONOR WAS LIKE, LET’S DO IT RIGHT NOW. AND I WAS SURPRISED. I SAID EARLIER, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SEE CONOR AS A MARTIAL ARTIST GET UPSET, THROW ANY PUNCHES, GET AGGRAVATED. HE GOT REALLY AGGRAVATED. >>WHAT ABOUT FOUR-OUNCE BOXING GLOVES? CAN THEY DO FOUR-OUNCE BOXING GLOVES?>>NO, HE’S NOT CRAZY. HE KNOWS THE RULES ARE SET. >>HE COULD, BUT THE RULES WON’T SANCTION THEM. >>THEN, OF COURSE — I DON’T KNOW.>>THERE’S SOME LIMITS, FOR GOD SAKES. >>THERE’S RULES TO THE WEIGHT OF THE GLOVES. REGARDLESS, THOUGH. I DON’T KNOW, I THOUGHT BOTH GUYS PLAYED IT WELL. I JUST THOUGHT FLOYD HAD THE ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE HE WENT SECOND, BECAUSE HE GOT TO HEAR CONOR’S SCHTICK. FLOYD WARMED UP THE ENGINE. YOU KNOW HOW YOU KEEP THE OLDER CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY? FLOYD TURNED THE CAR ON AND IT WARMED UP THE ENGINE. THE ENGINE WARMED UP WHILE CONOR WENT. WHILE CONOR WAS REVVING.>>TORONTO IS GET IS GOING TO GET BETTER AND NEW YORK BETTER. >>AND WHAT ABOUT LONDON? TO THINK HOW POPULAR CONOR IS HERE. AND I UNDERSTAND TORONTO THEY HAD TO MOVE FROM A SMALL VENUE TO THE BIGGER VENUE AND I HEARD THAT DANA WHITE ACTUALLY SAID YOU BETTER INCLUDE TORONTO ON THIS TOUR, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF IRISH FANS THERE. AND I THINK GOING TO LONDON — AND PAULIE — THIS GUY IS A GOD IN ENGLAND. AND WHEN I’VE GONE WITH WWE OR BOXING, THE COMBAT SPORTS FANS IN THE UK, THEY’RE UNBELIEVABLE. SO I WONDER — >>COMBAT SPORTS IN GENERAL BETWEEN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS AND BOXING. >>SURE.>>I ALWAYS SAY, NOWHERE BIGGER FOR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS THAN TORONTO. >>I BELIEVE THE REACTION HE’S GOING TO GET IN LONDON AT THE END OF THIS THING — IT’S GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE. >>THEY MIGHT AS WELL HAVE DONE IT IN IRELAND. A HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP AND AWAY.>>YOU’RE HEARING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. >>GIVING AWAY FREE TICKETS TO PRESS CONFERENCES? YOU COULD HAVE POTENTIALLY PUT THIS FIGHT IN A STADIUM AND IT WOULD HAVE SOLD OUT. THIS — THIS PRESS CONFERENCE IN A STADIUM AND IT WOULD HAVE SOLD.>>COULD HAVE DONE IT IN DALLAS COWBOYS STADIUM. THIS PLACE WAS PACKED. IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET BETTER AND BETTER. >>WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER GETTING YOU ON FACEBOOK LIVE TO SEND US QUESTIONS. SO I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT THERE IS A QUESTION FROM KAINE FLORES. DO YOU THINK — AND THIS — THE QUESTION THIS PERSON ASKS, PAULIE, IS ONE THING THAT I THINK HAS TO HAPPEN IF THE GRIZZLED BOXING FAN WILL GIVE THIS HALF A CHANCE. DOES FLOYD MAYWEATHER HAVE TO GO FOR THE KNOCKOUT IS THE QUESTION. >>I THINK THERE WILL BE SOME CRITICISM IF FLOYD DOESN’T STOP HIM. PEOPLE IN BOXING FEEL THICK THIS IS SUCH A MISMATCH. AND WHEN YOU THINK PRIORITY, YOU THINK FROM AN ATHLETIC STANDPOINT. IT’S ALSO A MENTAL STANDPOINT AND TACTICAL STANDPOINT. >>ATHLETICALLY SPEAKING, THOUGH — >>CONOR IS ATHLETIC. WHAT I’M SAYING IS, HE’S GOT SUCH — HE’S SUCH A BIG FAVORITE AMONG THE BOXING FANS. NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE ATHLETICISM. WE’RE ALL AGREEING, CONOR MAY HAVE MORE ATHLETICISM. IT’S THE ENTIRE PACKAGE PUT TOGETHER.>>EXPERIENCE. >>SURE, EXPERIENCE, TACTICALLY, FUNDAMENTALLY AND WHAT NOT. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE EXPECT FLOYD TO PROBABLY GET AGGRESSIVE IN THIS FIGHT. >>NOW, WE KNOW CONOR CALLS HIS SHOTS. I’M SURE EVERYONE HEARD. HE PREDICTED A KNOCKOUT WITHIN FOUR. WITHIN FOUR. WHICH I AGREE. IF CONOR IS GOING TO GET THIS DONE, BY, SAY GETTING IT DONE, KNOCK HIM OUT, IT’S GOT TO BE WITHIN FOUR ROUNDS. >>I THINK CONOR UNDERSTANDS THAT, TOO. I THINK HE UNDERSTANDS IT’S NOT GOING TO GO TO 8, 9, 11.>>WHY DO YOU THINK THAT? A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING CONDITIONING AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIVE — >>ONE FACTOR. I’LL GIVE YOU ANOTHER FACTOR, TOO. IF CONOR HAS TO START FAST, YOU KNOW, HE’S PROBABLY GOING TO BURN A LOT OF GASOLINE EARLY IN THE FIGHT TRYING TO GET THE FAST START. TO IT MEANS BY 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, YOU’RE GOING TO BE FATIGUED.>>ESPECIALLY IF HE’S MISSING SHOTS. MAYWEATHER CAN MAKE A MISS AND EX PEND ENERGY. >>I HEARD JOHN CAVANAUGH, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE DONE 44 FIGHTS, SPARRING TANTAMOUNT — EQUAL 44 FIGHTS BEFORE THIS FIGHT. THAT — >>I DON’T KNOW.>>44 ROUNDS? THAT’S CRAZY!>>I DON’T KNOW — >>WHAT DOES IT MEAN?>>I’M NOT IN THEIR CAMP. MAYBE. I’M NOT IN THEIR CAMP. HERE’S THE THING. FOR ME PERSONALLY, I ALWAYS LOOKED TO TRY TO GET TO ABOUT 125 ROUNDS SPARRING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT. THAT WAS MY GOAL. SOMETIMES I WOUND UP AT 100, SOMETIMES 150 OR 160. IT DEPENDED ON HOW THE TRAINING, INJURIES. MY TARGET GOAL WAS 125 ROUNDS. I FELT MY BEST IF I COULD GET TO THAT NUMBER. NOW, YOU KNOW, WHY IS THAT REASON? YOU SEE PUNCHES COME AT YOU THREE TIMES, FOUR DAYS A WEEK. YOUR REFLEX IS SHARP, GETTING YOUR POSITIONING SHARP, GETTING USED TO CERTAIN MOMENTS IN THE FIGHT. BECAUSE THIS IS YOUR STRIKING NOW. NOT JUST STRIKING, PUNCHING. NO ELBOWS, NO KNEES. >>IS THIS A POINT OF NO RETURN? BECAUSE IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, WE DON’T SPAR THAT MUCH. WE EVOLVE. BECAUSE YOU’RE GETTING DIFFERENT ATHLETES INSIDE THE SPORT. >>THANK GOODNESS. REMEMBER THE WAY THEY USED TO SPAR IN SOME OF THESE CAGES? THEY WOULD GRAB ON TO EACH OTHER. >>THAT’S THE THING. TO PREPARE FOR 12 ROUNDS. IT’S ANOTHER REASON WHY I THINK EVEN CONOR IS SAYING, FOUR ROUNDS, HE’S GONE. FOR ME, CONOR IS GOING TO GO ALL-OUT. >>I WANT TO GET YOUR ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION, BRENDAN. >>I THINK HE’S GOING TO BE LIKE MAIDANA. >>AARON ASKS ON FACEBOOK LIVE, WHAT ASPECT OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CAN CONOR McGREGOR EXPLOIT OR USE AGAINST FLOYD MAYWEATHER? DON’T SAY THE SUPERMAN PUNCH. >>YEAH — NO SPINNING, NO SUPERMAN. QUIT WITH ALL THAT. YOU CAN’T BE MY FRIEND IF YOU ASK THESE QUESTIONS. THE BIG THING HERE, IS WHEN THEY ARE IN THE CLINCH, FLOYD HAS NEVER BEEN A GUY WITH A CLINCH LIKE CONOR McGREGOR. THAT’S OUR WORLD. WE KNOW WHERE WE CAN GET AWAY WITH CERTAIN STUFF. THAT FLOYD PROBABLY ISN’T USED TO SEEING. THE KNEE BUMPS, THE POSITIONING, HEAVY ON THE BODY.>>YOU KNOW WHAT FLOYD MAYWEATHER HAS BEEN LIKE IN THOSE CLINCHES. >>YEAH, OF COURSE.>>BIGGER GUY. >>YEAH, BIGGER GUY, AND MAYBE FLOYD TRIES NOT TO GET INTO THOSE CLINCHES. HERE’S THE THING ABOUT THE CLINKS. YOU’VE GOT TO BE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET INTO THERE. TO ANSWER THE PUNCH IN BOXING, TO ENTER MY PUNCHING ZONE, I HAVE A COUPLE OPTIONS. I CAN STEP BACK, I CAN STEP AROUND. I CAN PUNCH YOU WHEN YOU’RE ENTERING, I CAN STEP IN AND SMOTHER WHEN YOU’RE ENTERING, AND THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE CLINCH YOU WANT.>>CORRECT. >>THERE ARE A COUPLE DIFFERENT OPTIONS. YOU HAVE TO BE SHARP ENOUGH TO FIGURE THEM OUT. >>SO FLOYD IS GOING TO HAVE TO CLOSE DISTANCE. AND THAT’S GOING TO GIVE CONOR AN OPPORTUNITY — >>SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. >>SO DOES CONOR, THOUGH. HIS MOVEMENT. UNORTHODOX MOVEMENT, THAT LULL MOVEMENT.>>I DON’T MEAN TO BACK YOU UP RIGHT NOW. BUT YOU HAVE A FEW MORE DAYS TO MAKE YOUR CASE. OF COURSE, CONOR McGREGOR, FLOYD MAYWEATHER, OPENING, FIRING OFF THE FIRST VERBAL SELVOS HERE AT STAPLES CENTER. THOUSANDS IN ATTENDANCE. IT WAS A PRO CONOR McGREGOR CROWD. THIS IS THE FIRST STOP. AT LEAST THESE TWO BOYS ARE OFF TO TORONTO, BROOKLYN AND LONDON. IT IS THE MAYWEATHER-McGREGOR WORLD TOUR. AND DON’T FORGET, IT WILL GO DOWN ONCE IN A LIFETIME CLASH. THE MONEY FIGHT. FLOYD MAYWEATHER LOOKING TO GO 50-0 AS A PROFESSIONAL BOXER, FACING MMA SUPERSTAR, CONOR McGREGOR. McGREGOR DONS THE BOXING GLOVES, FIGHTS 12 THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS, AND THEY WILL BE WEARING THE TEN-OUNCE GLOVES. SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th AT T-MOBILE IN LAS VEGAS, LIVE ON SHOWTIME PAY-PER-VIEW. IT HAS BEEN A BANNER YEAR FOR BOXING. JULY 29th, ANOTHER MUST-SEE BATTLE AT 140 POUNDS. MIKIE GARCIA WILL TAKE ON ADRIAN BRONER JULY 29th, LIVE ON SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. FOR BRENDAN AND PAULIE, I’M MAURO. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP ON SHOWTIME.>>>WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, I TRY TO MAKE THEM RIGHT.>>NEVER GIVE IN. NEVER YIELD.>>YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THIS.>>HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SURPRISED BEFORE?


70 thoughts on “Mayweather vs McGregor: Los Angeles Press Conference

  1. just pause it at 30:27 and see how out of position aldo was or how horrible the defense is of these guys conor is knockin out. conor is a great boxer for a mma guy and probably could have been a great boxer but its a lot of muscle memory to kill to not worry bout takedowns and legs kicks, but flod looked like he reall lost something in the berto fight so maybe even 2 more ears could be a difference, but i cant see it, conor gases pretty quick

  2. Dana is an idiot, he introduces Connor as the defending 155 pound champion and he hasent even defended either one of his belts again Dana your an idiot

  3. Canelo is one dimensional. He throws punches going forward and backward only. When he started missing he mentally defeated. Pacquiao was the only fighter who cuts ankles resemble Conor but he is smaller fighter and over extended in most of his punches. Maiden is an hard puncher but he has a slow mind-body reflexes and less precision. Most of his punches are telegraphic. Canello, Pacquiao, and Maiden have strong mental games like Conor but fight in patterns and they are not smart. Conor is a combination of precision and timing, he is mentally tough plus his physic is going to be too much for Mcgregor. Conor will win via KO or decision.

  4. 37:05 – 39:05 Connor is a nervous wreck. Twitchy, nervous, over chewing gum, calling for cheers from the crowd, fidgety and yelling. The whole time Floyd is calm, poised, confident, motionless. Most of you faggots can't understand the difference between a champion and simply a loud-mouth brat.

  5. Yes, Ronda Rousey was an unknown factor in boxing, on Ring Magazine, and was supposed to school traditional boxers. Now it is Connor McGregors turn. These MMA people just do not see.

  6. It was humiliating for connor to be beaten by floyd in 10 rounds. But not as humiliating if connor strangled mayweather in the octagon. Mayweather said it himself "I dont care if its the ring, i dont give a f*ck if its the octagon, put me in there and i'll kick ass" Well time to live up what you've said.

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  8. U know I saw something in Mayweathers eyes, but it isn't weakness it's loss, it's power that he won't have over boxing and rigged matches, well at least he'll have to share with McGregor. The fight game belongs to McGregor, think about it 29 years old, the first man to face Mayweather who was as big or bigger then him considering that he wasn't as successful as McGregor at that age compared.

    McGregor showed tremendous skills in his last bout, there are still many great victories and successes headed McGregors way; aside from the 123$-127$ million he just finished making

  9. I'm a huge fan of Mcgregor, I watched these press conferences as they happened! Looking back at them now 'which is painful' FLOYD is a smart guy

  10. Mayweather is a champion when wearing a big boxing glove.
    There are many reasons for him to wear a big glove and win
    ? can win if you save your stamina without attacking as much as possible.
    If he play with bare hands, I think he is a second-rate player.

  11. Mayweather Champion When Wearing Big Boxing Gloves
    If you play with your bare hands, you would be a regular boxer.
    There are many reasons for this,
    Boxing hopes not to wear big funny gloves forward

  12. 49:37 "The Rolls (Royce) are 2012 outside"

    Says the guy who rents his cars, pretends like he owns it and almost got sued by the dealerships.

  13. i wish Conor would've just KICKED HIS FUCKING HEAD OFF during the match lol
    Just to see Floyd K.O'd
    That wouldve been as epic as the Tyson Bite!

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