Last night, at a crowded press conference inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather met for the first time. It was entertaining affair, highlighted by some memorable trash talk and a fairly intense staredown.
The staredown, of course, would have been much more enjoyable if we could have heard what the two fighters were saying to each other. Luckily, McGregor broke down the exchange in a post-fight chat with Ariel Helwani.
“He tried to say something about the gloves,” he said. “I was like ‘you cried about the gloves. You cried about the ounces of the gloves.’ He tried to say something about ‘UFC next,’ or ‘MMA next.’ I was like ‘talking shit [about something] you won’t do.’ Other than it was just back and forth. The usual shit.”
McGregor then commented on how he found the press conference overall. Apparently, it was quite a different experience from what he’s used to.
“I rolled up, and before [it started] Dana [White] went ‘you got a speech? I’ve got a speech,’ and I went, ‘I’ve got no fucking speech.’ But whatever. I just rolled up and started talking shit. Whatever, I had fun. That’s the main thing right.”
McGregor also addressed the controversial moment in which his mic was turned off, depriving him of a valuable chance to fire back at Mayweather.
“They cut my mic as well,” he said. “I don’t give a – they can do what they want, but they ain’t keeping me from him in the ring and that’s it. August 26 they can do nothing to stop me.”
See McGregor’s full chat with Helwani, which covers a range of other topics, below:
Who do you think won the trash talk exchanges at the first of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s press conferences?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/11/2017.