McGre­gor and May­weather trade praise not pro­fan­i­ties

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

(Reuters) - Conor McGre­gor and Floyd May­weather Jr. de­clared a truce on Wed­nes­day after weeks of vi­cious ver­bal at­tacks, of­fer­ing praise in­stead of pro­fan­i­ties at the fi­nal press con­fer­ence ahead of their much an­tic­i­pated fight.

Since the fight be­tween un­de­feated boxer May­weather and mixed mar­tial arts cham­pion McGre­gor was an­nounced in June, the two men took part in a pro­fan­ity laced world tour to hype a bout that has been met with both skep­ti­cism and ex­cite­ment.

The fi­nal press con­fer­ence ahead of Satur­day’s fight, how­ever, was closer to a love- in than a bat­tle field with May­weather, in par­tic­u­lar, com­pli­ment­ing the man who has ques­tioned ev­ery­thing from his man­hood to his fash­ion sense.

“Conor McGre­gor had a hell of a ca­reer, he’s still got a hell of a ca­reer,” said May­weather. “He’s a hell of a fighter, he’s a stand up guy, a tough com­peti­tor.

“It’s not go­ing to be an easy fight. There will be blood sweat and tears Satur­day.”

McGre­gor was far less ef­fu­sive in his com­pli­ments but after months of mer­ci­lessly at­tack­ing May­weather said he wel­comed the pause in hos­til­i­ties.

“There’s been a lot of crazy press con­fer­ences, this is a lot more sub­dued, a lot more busi­ness like the way I like it ... some­times,” said McGre­gor.

After the two had turned the air blue with pro­fan­ity dur­ing the ear­lier me­dia tour, May­weather went the en­tire press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day without swear­ing.

McGre­gor could not hold his tongue but saved his venom for a mem­ber of May­weather’s “Money Team” who taunted him from the au­di­ence, telling him he was go­ing to be knocked out.

“Not by you, who­ever you are,” coun­tered McGre­gor. “Tell that bitch to shut up,” the Ir­ish­man growled while look­ing at May­weather, who later chas­tised the mem­ber of his team.

The re­strained tone of Wed­nes­day’s me­dia con­fer­ence un­der­scored the high stakes of what is ex­pected to be the rich­est fight in box­ing with McGre­gor in line for $ 100 mil­lion pay­day and May­weather as much as $200 mil­lion.

While box­ing purists and pun­dits have de­nounced the fight as noth­ing more than a laugh­able cash grab it has nonethe­less cap­tured the fas­ci­na­tion of fans.

Show­time ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Espinoza said the fight, which will be dis­trib­uted in more than 200 coun­tries, is on pace to smash pay per view records.

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