Mayweather vs. McGregor is just a few days away, and the two men held their final press conference on Wednesday to get the last word in.
This was a more traditional press conference, as compared to the wild and controversial tour that happened in early July. Conor McGregor got his verbal barbs in as usual, but for the most part both men were reserved and took questions from the media members in attendance.
Below is a partial transcript of the entire presser. On Saturday, the time for talking will be over as Floyd and Conor get the fight underway from T-Mobile Arena on Showtime PPV.
Dana White —
“Thank you all for coming out to this fight, thanks for all the support. We really appreciate it. Thank you.”
Conor McGregor opening remarks
“We are prepared for 12 3-minute rounds of non-stop pace. And I will go forward and I will put the pressure on him and break this through, trust me on that. We are more than ready. However, 8-ounce gloves, he made a big, big error, in my opinion. I don’t see him lasting two rounds, I feel I will have the decision to end it inside one. ... He mad stupid with the 8-ounce gloves —- it was amusing and all that, but I’m very very happy with the 8. We usually fight in 4, we’re gonna fight in 8. Keep your hands up, keep your hands down, I don’t care. I’m gonna break through whatever’s in front of me.”
“It’s been very humbling and motivating to me. That’s why I’ve put in the work. You see the work put in from me compared to him and his camp. I’ve taken this very seriously, I’ve had referees in camp. I’ve taken the [rules] very seriously, and I will go out and I will perform. I’m not gonna to look to implement anything. I’m gonna outbox this man at his own game. That’s how skilled and how much of a different level I am compared to him.”
“I’m gonna f**k this boy up. Make no mistake.”
“And when it’s all said and done, you know what? I’m gonna feel a little bit sad. Because you should have all kept your mouths shut. You should have left me over on that [??] game where I’m from, what more ruthless game where we bounce heads off the canvas and drill them into the floor. You should have left me where I was. Because this man isn’t on my level. He’s not even a quarter of the man I am.”
Floyd Mayweather opening remarks
“A lot of times we come to these press conferences we need to conduct ourselves in an orderly fashion cause when it come down to it, it come down to the two fighters. ... At the end of the day, it comes down to me and the guy that I’m competing against. I had a tremendous training camp, a very, very great training camp. We had different guys that gave me different looks, and I appreciate that. To be in this sport, a combat sport, no matter if it’s MMA or boxing, we’re fighters at the end of the day.”
“To be in this sport 21 years, I had to take it extremely serious. For you guys who think that Saturday, I’m not taking this serious, I’m taking this extremely serious. The thing is this — when it’s all said and done, I know one thing I can do, I can fight. I can give it and I can take it. For me to be 49-0, it’s obvious I’m not receiving it, I’m giving it.”
“Now it comes down to the two competitors, to me and Conor McGregor, going out there displaying our skills and giving the fans what they want to see. That’s what it’s really about — the best fighting the best. He’s the best at what he do, I’m the best at what I do, but when it’s all said and done, Conor McGregor is like myself. In the octagon, he’s undefeated standing up. He can do a lot of this, I can do a lot of this, but it comes down to the skills. It comes down to us fighting and competing and giving you guys what you wanna see.”
“Conor McGregor had a hell of a career, still got a hell of a career, he’s a hell of a fighter, he’s a standup guy, he’s a tough competitor. It’s not gonna be an easy fight, it’s gonna be blood, sweat and tears Saturday. That’s what we wanna give the fans, that’s what we wanna give the people all around the world.”
“I’ve been here plenty of times. Guys say, ‘Oh, I’m gonna go to the body on Mayweather. I’m gonna hit him with the right hand, I’m gonna hit him with the left hook.’ After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything, and I’m still right here.”
“One thing you must know about the sport of boxing, and about combat sports. Remember, if you give it, you must be able to take. With that being said, out of 47 opponents that I faced, they say ‘Oh, he got brittle hands. Oh, he’s a scared opponent. He’s a scared guy.’ Listen, last time I checked, nobody’s walking me down. It’s called smarts, it’s called having an IQ, it’s called having patience.”
“From day one, everything that my dad taught me from day one, I still know to this day. Every combination that was taught to me, I know. If you know anything about boxing that can be done, I know. Not just once, not just twice, a thousand times. I was born a fighter, I will die a fighter.”
“On August 26, he’s gonna bring his best. It’s not gonna be easy, Conor, it’s not gonna be easy. Remember, Pacquiao got bombs. Canelo got bombs. Shane Mosley had bombs. All those guys are going in the Hall of Fame. But one thing about me, I got a granite chin. Remember this — the same way you give it, you have to be able to take it. Remember this.”
What does this fight mean to Mayweather’s legacy?
MAYWEATHER: “Competing against the best, that’s what this is about. Taking chances, what better city than Las Vegas when taking chances? This city is built on gambling. It’s a gamble, but it’s worth it.”
Is McGregor betting on himself for this fight?
MCGREGOR: “Maybe, I don’t know. I certainly know I’m gonna win. I think he has a big gambling problem, from seeing him, he gambles on halftimes, he shows what the wins are and never shows what the losses are. Maybe that’s why he’s in the position he’s in and he has to take this fight. I’m focusing on the fight, not the gambling.”
How does McGregor respond to Mayweather indicating that he can’t take his punches?
MCGREGOR: “You ever had a shinbone bounce off your cheekbone? That’s the game I come from. They can say what they what, I’ve gone through a lot tougher than any of these have gone through. We are prepared, I’m prepared for the 12 3-minute rounds, insane pace, crazy fight, I’m ready for that. I just do not believe that he can give that.”
Given what he heard through the buildup, does Mayweather feel that McGregor doesn’t respect his skills?
MAYWEATHER: “At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what a fighter or guy competing against me say before he get in there. You can say whatever you want to say when you’re on the outside, but once you get inside that squared circle, it’s totally different.”
Could McGregor switch careers if he wins this fight?
MCGREGOR: “The fight business is the fight business ... I’m skilled in many forms of fighting, truly, truly skilled in many many forms. After I get victory on Saturday night, I’ll most certainly be looking to compete in both sports.”
“I was joking but maybe going forward, since I’m the king of the boxing ring and the king of the octagon already, maybe when I conquer both, I’ll create my own hybrid of an octagon and boxing ring, have one bang in the middle of both of them. If anyone wants to come and challenge me, it must be in my octagon, or whatever way we can work with.”
“We’ll see what happens but I’m active fighter, I enjoy it, I don’t stop thinking about fighting. When this one is done, I’ll have about 20 seconds where I’ll relish in victory, but then I’ll be like, ‘Who’s next?’ so that’s just the way I’ve always been. At just 29 years of age, I’m still very young in my career, so I’ll be looking to compete all over the place.”
Has this changed the way McGregor approaches future fights?
MCGREGOR: “It’s all about levels. You go from one level to the next level to the next level. I’ve been continuing to climb and work up the ranks, from fighting on the prelims, to the main card, to the main event, to the world title, to multiple world titles, to co-promoting. ... Let’s see where it goes, but the sky is most certainly the limit.”