Two millionaires and a lot of hot air
Only two fighters desperate to prove who’s the toughest kid on the block could turn the Los Angeles Staples Centre into a primary school playground.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor took to the stage to promote their upcoming (and pointless, but that’s a conversation for another day) fight, scheduled for 26 August. What nobody expected was that their confrontation would quickly descend into a chaotic display of insults and inanity which resembled two ten-year-old boys arguing over which one was the toughest.
McGregor turned up in a custom-fitted suit with pinstripes spelling out ‘Fuck you’ – nicely summing up the attitude exhibited by the Irishman during his first face-off with Mayweather.
Mayweather wore a stars-and-stripes tracksuit, prompting McGregor to mock him for not having any money left.
‘There’s two things I really like to do and that’s whoop ass and look good. He’s wearing a fucking tracksuit. He can’t even afford a suit anymore. He is fucked,’ blustered the UFC star. Somewhat ironically, McGregor started fighting as a teenager after suffering bullying at school.
It might not have crossed McGregor’s mind that the American’s tracksuit was probably worth more than his suit, but his taunts served to remind the audience that Mayweather is currently in trouble with the IRS for unpaid taxes.
Mayweather’s comeback was as ridiculous as McGregor’s goading. In an exhibition of egomania and self-regard, the boxer replied: ‘This bitch made $3 million his last fight. We all know that’s training camp money for me.’
Really? You’re 40 years old and you’re still bragging about how much money you make?
Being rich and famous doesn’t mean you have to be arrogant about it. And if you do have to brag, at least do so with a little elegance, instead of crudely going on about how much more money you have than the other guy – or than the 11,000 fans who paid for a ticket to see you.
Not only did Mayweather boast about his wealth, he even took out a cheque for $100m to prove to McGregor that his bank account was bigger than the Irishman’s.
That was the level of the debate. McGregor, who turned 29 this week, came back with ‘Give that to the tax man,’ and, with the snobbery of the nouveau rich, roasted Mayweather for arriving to the press conference in a ‘2012 Rolls (Royce)’. It would be interesting to see which car McGregor was driving when he worked as a plumber in Crumlin until just a few years ago.
Maybe both fighters should think about whether it’s really worth their while taking part in these media-circus events – regardless of how much money they make from them – if all they’re going to do is project such a conceited, infantile and idiotic image. Mayweather even had the gall to claim he had God on his side.
‘God don’t make mistakes and God only made one thing perfect and that’s my boxing record,’ Mayweather crowed.
Maybe it’s time for God to get to work on his second perfect thing: bringing the swaggering pair a little humility when they retire.