Mayweather Tenshin



Undefeated boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather and sensational RIZIN Fighting Federation star Tenshin Nasukawa will battle in a special exhibition fight on New Year’s Eve from Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

See below for quotes gathered from the media workout and press availability at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas:

Floyd Mayweather:
“This is a great way for me to go out there and give people some entertainment. It’s an exhibition match, but it’s giving me a chance to do something different.

“I love competing against fighters from all walks of life like in my amateur days. It’s all about entertainment. Nine minutes of entertainment. It’s going to be amazing.

“I’m in the entertainment business. That’s what I go out there to do. I love to do this. I’m working out to put on a show for three rounds.

“I’m going to go out there, have fun and do what I do. I’m enjoying life and I’m going to enjoy this experience.”

Tenshin Nasukawa:
“This is my first time coming to Las Vegas and I’m very excited to be here. The fight is very close and I’m training hard every day to face Mayweather and leave a mark.

“This is a great opportunity and we’re happy to take it. I’m going to put everything out there and show my strengths. I think that I’m the faster fighter. I’m going to use my weapons against him.

“There’s never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring. As an athlete, this is something that’s a great honor and a challenging task. I’d like to make a big impression.

“I want to get the whole fight community, the whole country of Japan and the entire world involved in this fight. I’m going to go in there believing in myself and ready to prove myself.”

The attraction will be based on the following rules and regulations:

– Three minutes per round for three rounds

– Straight boxing rules

– Both will wear either RIZIN 8 ounce gloves

– Weight: 147lbs/67.7kg

– No judges

– This will be full contact competition, but the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records

A 12-time boxing world champion in five weight classes, Mayweather is one of the greatest to ever enter the ring, buoyed by box office success that saw him shatter nearly all of the revenue records in the sport’s history. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and fighting out of Las Vegas, he is the only fighter to have headlined four events that each generated more than 2 million pay-per-view buys. Forbes, Fortune and Sports Illustrated have all named Mayweather the world’s highest paid athlete multiple times throughout a career in which he defeated 24 world champions.

Tenshin Nasukawa was born in 1998 and trained in Karate and kickboxing from an early age by his trainer/father. Tenshin made his professional debut in 2014 at the age of 15 and has since claimed multiple world championships in kickboxing while remaining unbeaten. Tenshin is now the face for the Rizin Fighting Federation and their biggest headliner to date. Now aged just 20, Tenshin is a Japanese sensation whose main sponsor is a gaming giant called Cygames.

Nobuyuki Sakakibara is a Japanese businessman most well-known for his role as boss of Pride Fighting Championship. Sakakibara sold Pride to Lorenzo Fertita of Zuffa LLC in 2007 in a widely publicized deal. In 2015 he founded Rizin, a new organisations that mixed different fight styles in a single event. Rizin is now the most watched fighting event in Japan.

Rizin Fighting Federation has held 15 mega events since the promotion’s debut in December of 2015. Rizin is now recognized as the most watched combat sports event in Japan since Pride Fighting Championship. RIZIN has been a staple on primetime Japanese national television with a five-hour New Year’s Eve slot and watched in over 5.5 million households.

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Floyd Entering The Octagon?

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The last time a high profile boxer entered the octagon with no MMA experience it was James Toney at UFC 118. Former UFC heavyweight/light heavyweight champion Randy Couture easily took Toney to the ground and Toney never got up, his huge lack of experience in ground game exposed.

Heavweight boxer Ray Mercer had a first round KO against Tim Silva in the octagon and was choked out in the first by the late Kimbo Slice, a street fighter and relative newcomer to the MMA game at the time.

If Floyd does step in the octagon, he will obviously be the most skilled boxer ever to do so, albeit at a tremendous disadvantage outside of striking.




Gervonta Davis, Badou Jack and Andrew Tabiti All Record Victories In Four-Fight SHOWTIME PPV Event

Delayed Telecast of Tonight‘s Main Event Will Air Exclusively on SHOWTIME® on Saturday, September 2 

at 9 p.m. ET/PT


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LAS VEGAS (Aug. 27, 2017) – Future Boxing Hall of Famer
Floyd “Money” Mayweather ended his historic career in style on Saturday night with a convincing 10th-round technical knockout victory over UFC mega-star Conor McGregor in the main event of a four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event from T-Mobile Arena in
Las Vegas.


The 40-year-old Mayweather, fighting for the first time in 714 days, announced after the fight that he will never fight again, ending his 21-year career in style by controlling an all-action fight that thrilled
the 14,623 fans in attendance and watching around the world. With Mayweather coming forward just like he promised, referee Robert Byrd stopped the super welterweight fight at 1:05 of the 10th round as Mayweather punished McGregor with a series of
blows that staggered his weary opponent.


With the win, the five-division world champion from Las Vegas becomes the first boxer to finish his career at 50-0, eclipsing the record he had previously shared with the legendary Rocky Marciano.

“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather told SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray after the fight. “I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I had to come straight ahead and give the fans
a show. That’s what I gave them.”


All three judges – Dave Moretti (87-83), Burt Clements (89-82) and Guido Cavalleri (89-81) – had Mayweather ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. SHOWTIME’s unofficial scorer Steve Farhood had Mayweather
ahead by the score of 86-85.


The first two-division champion in UFC history, McGregor, from Dublin, Ireland, said he was fatigued as the fight got into the later stages. “He’s composed, he’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy
is he composed in there,” the 29-year-old McGregor said. “I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. He was just a lot more composed with his shots. I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”


Both fighters had their moments in the early rounds. In the fourth round, Mayweather forced McGregor to back-pedal and continued to force the action.


At the midway point of the fight, Farhood had given the first three rounds to the more aggressive McGregor, but then rounds four, five and six to the more accurate Mayweather.


“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” Mayweather said. “We know in MMA he fights for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, he started to
slow down. I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance. 


“Our game plan was to go straight ahead. I said numerous times that I wouldn’t back down and that’s what I did.”


McGregor said he would consider boxing again, and would also return to fight in the UFC. “I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back,” he said. “When you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different.
Let the man put me down, that’s fatigue, that’s not damage. 


“Where was the final two rounds? Let me walk back to my corner and compose myself.”  


Mayweather was lethally accurate in the final round, landing 20 of 26 power punches before the referee stopped the fight. McGregor had a 51-40 advantage in punches landed over the first five rounds but was out-landed
130 to 60 in rounds six through 10 as Mayweather put an exclamation point on the final fight of his career.


“Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day,” said Mayweather. “This was my last fight tonight. For sure. Tonight was my last fight. Tonight I chose the right dance partner
to dance with. Conor, you are a hell of a champion.”


In the co-main event, undefeated rising star Gervonta “Tank” Davis defeated unbeaten challenger Francisco Fonseca via a controversial eighth-round knockout 39 seconds into the round.


The 22-year-old Davis (19-0, 18 KOs) landed a series of clean blows before an apparent shot to the back of the head sent Fonseca down. Referee Russell Mora gave the 10-count allowing Davis to earn his 18th stoppage
win in 19 professional fights. The fight was originally scheduled to be Davis’ second defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship, but Davis failed to make weight on Friday, coming two pounds over the 130-pound limit that Fonseca (19-1-1, 13 KOs)
weighed-in at.


“I threw the shot as he put his head down,” said Davis. “I was definitely going to stop him eventually. He was in trouble before the last shot.”


Davis continued, “I’m going to stay at 130 pounds and try to get my title back. I still want to unify the junior lightweight division.”


Fonseca said he was sent to the canvas with an illegal blow.


“Everybody saw that when I was going down, he hit me twice behind,” Fonseca said. “It’s a blow that’s not legal. It was here in Las Vegas, so he had the crowd going for him, and I just want a rematch. He never
hurt me with that exchange. Even though he came in at 160 pounds today, he doesn’t hit as hard as they say he hits.”


Former super middleweight champion Badou Jack became a two-division world champion with a TKO win over Nathan Cleverly to capture the WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship.


The Las Vegas-based, Swedish-born Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) out-classed Cleverly (30-4, 16 KOs) in a one-sided bout that was stopped by referee Tony Weeks with 12 seconds remaining in the fifth round. It was the first
fight for Jack since moving up from 168 pounds to 175 pounds.


Jack had recorded majority draws in each of his past two fights against James DeGale of England and Canada’s Lucian Bute.


“It’s a dream come true,” said the 33-year-old Jack. “I’ve learned that you can’t leave it in the hands of the judges.”


“Jack was very strong,” said Cleverly. “He caught me and broke my nose in the third round. It was a downward spiral from there. I was wounded and protecting myself. It’s horrible but part of
the sport.”


Jim Gray asked Jack who he would like to fight next, Andre Ward or Adonis Stevenson? “I think Adonis Stevenson, let’s get it on. I’ll go to Canada. I’ll go anywhere.”


“I got a little excited at times but I barely got hit,” Jack said. “My boxing IQ was the difference in this fight. Everybody doubting me motivated me. My trainer and my team did a great job getting me to this


The PPV telecast began with unbeaten Andrew Tabiti and former world champion Steve Cunningham meeting in a 10-round cruiserweight battle. Tabiti (16-0, 13 KOs) controlled the action against the 41-year-old
Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision scored 97-93 twice and 100-90. 


With Floyd Mayweather Sr. working in his corner, the 27-year-old Tabiti set the tempo early and set the pace for the entire fight. “I was just jabbing him and making sure I stayed smart,” Tabiti said. “He’s a
veteran so I had to stay composed. I wanted to show that I could box. This was a step up for me and I felt comfortable in there.”


A Chicago native who lives and trains in Las Vegas, Tabiti landed 31 percent of his jabs (70 of 229) and 49 percent of his power punches compared to just 27 percent for Cunningham. With the win, Tabiti retains
the NABF cruiserweight title and won the USBA cruiserweight championship.


“He had a decent jab but he wasn’t busy enough,” Tabiti added. “I just didn’t want to make mistakes. If you start too fast against a veteran you’re liable to get caught by him.”


Cunningham wasn’t impressed with Tabiti. “I don’t think Andrew Tabiti is a championship level fighter,” he said. “I thought I won the fight. I didn’t think I saw anything special from him

Great American Eclipse Kicks Off Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Week as Fans Can Witness Two Once-In-A-Lifetime  Events


Great American Eclipse Kicks Off Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Week as Fans Can Witness Two Once-In-A-Lifetime


LAS VEGAS (Aug. 20, 2017) – It’s rare to have the opportunity to witness two once-in-a-lifetime events in the same week, but that’s just the type of week this is! People are currently traveling far and wide to be in the path of totality for the Great
American Eclipse
. Fortunately, you can catch the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor this Saturday, August 26, without having to leave your home.


While Snake River Valley, Idaho and Casper, Wyoming are two of the best spots to watch the eclipse of the century – you can watch Mayweather vs. McGregor from the most comfortable seat in your house, on your phone or pretty much anywhere! Click
 to pre-order the PPV and secure your seat to view the eclipse of all sporting events. Don’t worry, no special glasses are required for viewing. 


Want a glimpse of the pre-fight build-up? You can watch the final media press conference, the undercard press conference, weigh-in and post-fight press conference all on YouTube.  


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23 – Main Event Final Press Conference

4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT from KA Theater at MGM Grand;

SHOWTIME Sports Pre-Show Begins At 3:45 p.m. ET / 12:45 p.m. PT

YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2wfTvlp


THURSDAY, AUG. 24 – Undercard Final Press Conference

3 p.m. ET / Noon PT from Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand

SHOWTIME Sports Pre-Show Begins At 2:45 p.m. ET / 11:45 a.m. PT

YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2vNJyIz



Live on SHOWTIME: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT from T-Mobile Arena

YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2vIufTk



TBD Shortly After the Conclusion of SHOWTIME PPV from T-Mobile Arena

YouTube Link: http://s.sho.com/2vO2Cq8

Floyd Mayweather Media Conference Call

Floyd Mayweather Media Conference Call Transcript & MP3


for Audio Recording


Kelly Swanson    

Thank you operator. Thanks to everybody for joining in. From the World Tour to Fight Week, we are days away from a really, really big event. Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor.


I’m going to first introduce the participants on the call today. Of course we have the one and only Floyd Mayweather joined by Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, and Stephen Espinoza,
Executive VP and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. At this time I’ll turn it over to Leonard Ellerbe to begin the call.


Leonard Ellerbe 

Thank you, Kelly. I would like to thank everyone for joining this call today. We have a great event next Saturday and we’re excited. I just want to remind everyone on the call, this is the widest
distributed pay-per-view ever. The fans can get this event however, whenever. We have a ton of content out there, and it’s available to fans wherever and however they want to get it.


In addition to our normal, traditional methods that we distribute our platform on including via satellite, cable and telco providers, we also have a variety of digital options. You can order now.
You can go to ShowtimePPV.com, or if get the Showtime PPV app, and it’s also available through Sony PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku.


So without further ado, I would like to bring on our partner Stephen Espinoza.


Stephen Espinoza    

Thanks, Leonard. We have indeed worked very hard to make this fight available as widely as possible using the maximum distribution and the maximum availability, including UFC platforms, UFC.TV,
the movie theaters, closed circuit. There’s really no excuse for not watching this fight.


This is an event that transcends sports. It’s captured the world’s attention. We’re seeing unprecedented interest in a number of different ways, surpassing what we never expected to surpass in
the Mayweather-Pacquiao event. This is the final fight of a once-in-a-generation talent. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, the two best combat sport fighters in the world facing off like we’ve never seen them before.


In Conor, we’ve got someone who’s as unpredictable as any opponent that Floyd has ever faced, both in and out of the ring, and it’s a challenge to Floyd on a whole new level. We’re supporting this
matchup with three high-quality matchups from Mayweather Promotions, two world title fights headlined of course by one of my personal favorites as fan, Gervonta Davis, the US’s youngest world champion defending his title. We also have the light heavyweight
world championship and an all-action opening fight as well.


Last point. We are encouraging fans to buy early. There will be unprecedented activity on fight day. Very possible that we’re exceeding Mayweather-Pacquiao. We certainly are seeing activity which
is far in excess of that. I know all of you guys have heard that before, but to give you some specifics, when we post things, we’re seeing things in the millions of views. When we do a Snapchat story and within 48 hours it’s at 4.5 to 5 million views, we know
we have an unprecedented event. And in order to avoid the rush, we are reminding people to buy early as much as possible.


L. Ellerbe            

Thank you, Stephen. So without further ado ladies and gentlemen, none other than the “money man” himself, Floyd Mayweather.


Floyd Mayweather

Hey everybody. I want to say thanks for having me on this call and I want to thank you guys for writing about me for the last 21 years and keeping me relevant. Without the writers and the people
that support this event and throughout my whole career I wouldn’t be where I’m at.


So I just want to say, to every writer that’s on this phone, to every blogger that’s on this phone, I just want to say thank you. I appreciate you, Mayweather Promotions appreciates you, SHOWTIME
appreciates you, CBS appreciates you, MGM Grand appreciates you, Swanson Communications appreciates you, my team and my family and my, everybody appreciates the stories and all the bloggers, the sports writers and everyone. We just want to say thank you and
now we can get on with the questions.



Do you spend any time thinking about how this is the last camp, this is going to be the last weigh-in or do you think back at all the to the start of your career?


F. Mayweather   

Actually I thought that Andre Berto was going to be the last weigh-in, I thought that was going to be the last training camp, I mean just honestly speaking I thought that was going to be my last
everything. You just don’t ever know what can happen. We’re here with this big event.


This is my last one, ladies and gentlemen. I gave my word to Al Haymon, I gave my word to my children, and one thing I don’t want to do is break that. I’m going to stick to my word. This will be
my last fight.



What was the really seminal moment for you that really turned the tide and got everyone’s attention for you? Was it more like aligning with Al Haymon and following the plan that both of you guys
laid out?


F. Mayweather   

Al Haymon and I joined forced because when Al Haymon saw me he saw not just a fighter but a person with a sharp mind, very articulate, and very smart, and not just in the ring but outside the ring
and he knew that we could be a powerful force together.


Now once again, when I fought Diego Corrales, I did good numbers. When I fought Angel Manfredy, I did good numbers. And the list before I even got to Haymon, I did good numbers. But me and Haymon
together came together and had a game plan, whereas when I was dealing with people in the past, nobody ever really had game plan. I had a game plan. We already had a game plan. Me and Leonard both had a game plan, but it was missing a piece. So when we all
came together as one, that’s when I came up with a game plan and they started putting everything into play.



Also after this fight, how do you think you’re going to spend your life? I know you got Mayweather Promotions, but what else are you going to be involved in and what are you going to be doing as
the days pass?


F. Mayweather

My real estate portfolio is truly amazing. The real estate, that’s very, very huge. That’s a huge part of my life. My children are going to college so that’s going to take up a lot of my time because
education is extremely important in my home.


I want my kids to do something that I wasn’t able to do. I want them to be able to go college, and then the businesses that I leave for them, I want them to be able to take those businesses and
take them to the next level. If I took a business and made 100 million, I want them to take it to the next level to make 400 or 500 million. So it’s all about giving back. I’ve built different businesses and got businesses started so my children’s children
can takeover someday.


S. Espinoza

I think a critical turning point in Floyd’s career was buying himself out of the Top Rank contract. That is going out on a limb, paying $750,000 with no guarantees on what’s going to happen on
the other side of that. Without the courage to make that move, without the foresight to make that move, none of the rest of this possible. It’s easy to sit back and forget that it all starts with taking risk. No one has this level of success without taking
a risk, and that’s one very tangible point where Floyd put his money where his mouth is, took the risk and was able to reap the rewards.


What weight class do you believe that you were at your absolute best in and why?


F. Mayweather

Well I think it all depends on certain fights. You look at the Diego Corrales fight. There was a lot of people talking about that one. And at 135, the fight against Phillip Ndou. People like to
talk about that as one of their favorite fights. At 140 they like to talk about the fight against Arturo Gatti because I really wasn’t at 140 at that moment.


And then at 147, they like to talk about the fight against Ricky Hatton. And at 154 they say it was a hell of a fight between me and Miguel Cotto. Then they also talk about how I was dominant at
154 against Canelo.
I guess different days go different ways when you go out there and compete. I don’t want to judge myself, I just want to say that, different days I feel different ways. It all depends on how I feel
when I go out there. Because some days I don’t feel up to par but I still go out there and I put on a hell of a show. Some days I go out there and feel great and the show is really not that good.



For which fight would you say that this is the best Floyd Mayweather there’s ever been?


F. Mayweather

I can’t really say. I don’t even watch the fights because it’s hard for me to watch. It could be any of my top fights that people say that they love the most, but I say I could’ve been better. I could have done that better because I’m critical of myself and
I feel like there’s never been enough. When I go out there and compete, I could’ve done something better, I could’ve been better. So, it’s good to not even watch it. My older son, both my boys, not my youngest daughter, but my three oldest, they love to going
on YouTube and watching it.



Was there one fight in your mind that, even though you got the victory, that maybe you were disappointed in your performance?


F. Mayweather

There have been a few fights where I probably said yes, I won, but that wasn’t my best. But I come back and I look better the next time. I look at lot better the next time.



What do you expect the atmosphere and the level of crown support to be like on the night and how do you think that will be divided between yourself and him?


F. Mayweather

That really doesn’t have anything to do with the crowd. It has something to do with the two competitors. It could be pro-McGregor, it could be pro-Mayweather. It’s all about excitement, it’s all about giving everybody excitement, my fans as well as his fans,
that’s what it really is about. I want to touch on the subject so everybody knows, that me and Ricky Hatton actually fought at 147, but we fought in 10 ounce gloves. So, I was going to make sure everybody on the phone is aware when me and Ricky Hatton fought
against each other, we wore 10 ounce gloves and was at 147 pounds.



How often have you used the 8 ounce gloves and how often the 10 ounce gloves?


F. Mayweather

Well, from 147 all the way down the boxing weights, you fight in 8 ounce gloves. From 154 that all the way to heavyweight, you fight in 10 ounce gloves. At one time boxing there was a lot of trauma and head injuries, so they brought 10 ounce gloves in for the
fights to wear at 147. But then they went back. The guess that they weren’t getting the blood, sweat and tears they were expecting to get, so they had to go back to the guys wearing 8 ounce gloves at 147 all the way down.



I was just wondering how closely that you followed what happened this weekend in Charlottesville with the protest and if you have any thoughts on it and the president’s reaction to it?


F. Mayweather

I’ve honestly been extremely, extremely busy, so I haven’t even been on social media or been watching TV. I’ve been extremely busy training, working out and just spending time a lot of time with my daughter. But I’ve seen some things, and what’s going down
in Charlottesville, it’s not cool. It’s not cool at all. I always talk about the world needs to be a more positive place. I didn’t really hear what the president said. I’ve been so focused on this event, it’s so huge.



I was curious if you’ve seen the video that was released of Conor’s sparing session with Paulie Malignaggi and what you thought of that, even though it was only about 20 seconds.


F. Mayweather   

I had a chance to see it. And my thought is that I think it was really interesting, but with a lot of rabbit punching; a lot of illegal rabbit punching behind the head. A lot of
grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots. That’s just my honest opinion. I’m pretty sure the referee is going to be fair on both sides.  I just want a good solid fight.



Did you believe he got the knockdown on Paulie based on the video we saw?


F. Mayweather

Some some may call it a knockdown; some may not call it a knockdown. But at the end of the day, it only counts once you get under the lights, that’s just in a gym. We sit here judging Paulie, a guy that’s been retired and just commentating and traveling the
world and not going to the gym at all, instead of going in there with a guy who is just working out, an athlete period, just working out every day.



I wanted to get your assessment of the referee and do you think he will play a part in the fight at all?


F. Mayweather

I truly believe the ref is going to do his job. The referee’s job is to make sure that he’s keeping the bout clean. I want to have a good fight. Like I said on numerous occasions going up to this fight, I’m coming straight ahead. So, he doesn’t have anything
to worry about. I look forward to following the rules of boxing. I’m pretty sure he looks forward to following the rules of boxing. He had Joe Cortez in his training camp which is a great thing. Even though he had Joe Cortez in his training camp, I still see
him doing extremely dirty things. But my job is not to worry about the referee, my job is to go out there and fight and let the referee do his job.


L. Ellerbe      

Let me add on to that. We’re very pleased with the selection of all the officials that we have for the entire card for August the 26th, with the referees included. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is the best commission out there, and they have
the best officials in place and we’re very happy.



Obviously you’ve fought in 8 ounce gloves, but do you think that favors you or Conor more the fact that they dropped the gloves to 8 ounces? Or how do you think that really affects the outcome of this fight?


F. Mayweather

I’m not really worried about the outcome. I’m worried more about excitement. Conor said he’s used to fighting in 4 ounce gloves. If you go to my social media page, you’ll see where I put out the extra work. I want to make him feel comfortable as possible. I’m
not going to have any excuses. I don’t want him to have any excuses.



How has the process of training and recovery changed as you’ve aged?


F. Mayweather

It’s not really the same. I think with age comes wisdom. It’s about just knowing your body.


When I was younger and I talked about this Media Day, you’re young, it’s fight, fight, fight; never let the body recoup or rejuvenate. Whereas I’m older now, so resting is very, very, very important.


I work extremely hard still at the age of 40, but I’m letting the body rest a lot more. And that’s why, you guys saw on All Acces I was taking time. I have a whole team that helps me keep my body intact and in order.



How much do you really believe what you said about losing a step and how much are you saying that to generate interest in the fight?


F. Mayweather

Well I’m just being honest. I don’t think that I’m the same Floyd Mayweather that I was ten years ago; I’m not even the same Floyd Mayweather that I was five or two years ago. But I still said that I still have a high IQ in
that ring. And I said experience-wise, it leans towards me, just period.


Most times when I go out there and compete against any fighter, experience will always lean towards me becauseI’ve been in the ring and been at such a high level for so long.



How do you feel that press and fans treat you and McGregor differently and do you believe that race plays any role in that?


F. Mayweather

I’m not even going to really touch on that anymore; I spoke on that. I’m going to leave it where I left that. You know, I spoke about that before. I’m going to let Leonard Ellerbe touch on that subject.


L. Ellerbe      

The things that he was saying about the back-and-forth banter, it’s trash talk. Floyd’s focus is fighting next week and putting on a great performance for all the fans across the world. That’s where we are at.


There are double standards out there. But that goes on with anything. There is a high awareness out there in the public, there’s a lot of things that go on. Floyd’s focus is next Saturday and going out there and putting on an
electrifying performance in front of his fans; that’s where we’re at.



Do you see anything of you in McGregor when you’ve spoken and been a few feet away from each other?


F. Mayweather

I don’t think there’s any fighter period that’s in combat sports right now that hasn’t looked at a Floyd Mayweather video or studied a Floyd Mayweather fight. At least I don’t think so because I think there’s like a Mayweather
era and I will still look down in my era.


When a person has been so dominant in his era, I think other fighters are going to pay attention. The main fighters are going to pay attention because they want to be at that same level and they want to do the same thing. They
want to dominate with ease.



Do you see anything in the past between you and him — when you’ve kind of interacted — any similarities at all?


F. Mayweather         

Not really. Of course I’m huge in boxing, but I’m huge in MMA also. I’m huge in both in the sense that my name is huge in MMA. I made a crazy name in the sport of boxing, but it’s crazy that I’ve been working so hard throughout
the years that I ended up having a big name in MMA also. So even though I never competed in MMA, I’m still a big name in MMA.



Given the point you are both on now, who is taking the bigger risk here?


F. Mayweather

I truly believe I’m taking the bigger risk. But it’s a big reward for both. I have the 49-0 record. When a fighter has lost before, if he loses again, they say, “Oh, it’s nothing. He’s lost before.” But when a fighter has been
dominating for 20-some years — never lost — everything is on the line; my legacy, my boxing record — everything is on the line.



have you stopped at any point and kind of thought, “wow, there is a whole lifetime’s work here that I am putting out there.” Or do you kind of not let it enter your mind?


F. Mayweather

I just try and really focus on being positive. I just worry about going out there and doing what I do best.


I try not to think about losing or taking an L, that’s really not my focus.


Every day I tell myself I’m a winner. I was born to be a winner at life. Not just in the ring, but I was born to be a winner. So whatever I do, I try to give it 100% and I try to push my limit.


But like Stephen said, it’s all about taking risk. I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I didn’t take risk. So I don’t mind putting the 49 and 0 record on the line. I don’t mind putting everything on the line, for this fight. I feel
like it’s worth it.



How important it is for you to get the 50th victory of your career and give you one more than the Rocky Marciano record?


F. Mayweather

I don’t focus on other fighters. But I’m appreciative for every fighter that paved the way for me to be where I’m at.


I always talk about how I appreciate the legendary fighters. My focus is to go out there and give the fans an exciting fight even though I know this is number 50 and we’re constantly talking about Rocky Marciano.


I just always like to let the fans and the people know Rocky Marciano is a legend. Rocky Marciano did it his way, and I would just like to try to do it the Mayweather way.


K. Swanson

Okay, thanks to everybody for joining us. Any last closing comments, Floyd, and we will wrap this up.


F. Mayweather

I just want to say thank you to everybody. I want to say thank you Leonard, I want to thank SHOWTIME, I want to thank CBS. I want to thank Kelly Swanson, I have to thank Al Haymon. And I want to thank everybody that called in
— all the writers, all the bloggers, everyone from the MMA world, everybody from the boxing world, everybody from the sports world. I just really want to say thank you. Me and my team, we all appreciate you guys. Talk to you 

Conor McGregor Media Conference Call

Conor McGregor Media Conference Call Transcript & MP3


for Audio Recording

Matt Radmanovich  

Thank you everyone for joining.  Today we’ll actually be breaking this conference call in two, with UFC President Dana White joining us in the second half of the call.  But first, we have joining us a fighter many people call the greatest mixed martial artist
in the world.  Already a two division champion in the UFC, who has taken on the best in his sport, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor leaves the octagon behind now for him to step into the ring and again, make the impossible possible.  Challenging an icon of boxing,
the undefeated 49-0 Floyd “Money” Mayweather, this will be his toughest test yet.


Can Conor shock the world?  We’ll all find out August 26th live from the T-Mobile Arena in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Without further ado, I turn the call over to your questions for the notorious Conor McGregor. 



I wanted to get your reaction today to the ruling that the Nevada State Athletic Commission made that will allow the request that you and Floyd made, to reduce the size of gloves from 10 ounces to 8 ounces.  Can you give me your thoughts about that ruling?


Conor McGregor      

I’m very happy with how the Nevada State Athletic Commission handled it.  I think they handled it fairly – they listened to both requests and just the overall approach to the decision and the referees, the judges, I think they were very fair throughout.  So
that was a good thing for me to see that they’re taking into consideration both fighters’ requests and I’m very happy with it. 



What was your specific reason for wanting the smaller gloves? 


C. McGregor

You’ve got pros and cons on both sides.  You’ve got both athletes asking for the request.  And then you’ve got me also coming up in ounces from what I’m used to.  I know some in the media are like oh no, it’s 10, it’s 8, but hey, look what I fight with.  I
fight in 4 ounce gloves, fingerless gloves.  The knuckles are barely covered in what I am used to, so it benefits both in certain ways and I’m very happy with it. 



What kind of gloves will you wear in the fight; what brand?


C. McGregor 

You know, we’re still in discussion with that, so we’ll see in a little bit. 



I wanted to know might there be two or three things that people don’t know about you that hasn’t been written before?


C. McGregor 

Oh wow. I don’t know.  What you see with me is what you get.  I am the same person on and off the camera.  A lot of people like to say I’m not. Obviously there are different moments.  You’ll catch me against an opponent, I’m a little different but I portray
myself as who I am.  So what you see is what you get with me.  And there have been many articles, many stories, many things written, but it’s been okay I suppose.  It’s just I am who I am.  I speak the truth for what I believe and people portray that in many
ways.  So I’m pretty open and what you see is what you get with me. 



Is there anything like you like to cook, maybe any other hobbies – changing diapers now lately?


C. McGregor 

Yes.  I’m razor quick with the diaper changes. Right now I have a nutritionist who’s been with me for this time, bringing in the weight.  So the cooking is out the window, my son has been living with me since, it must be three months now.  We’ve had one hell
of a camp.  It’s been one long stretch.  A lot of hard, hard work.  A lot of dedicated and focused work and then of course the nutrition has been top of the range, and that’s why I’m at peak physical condition at this moment, ten days out.  Now we are closing
in on the weight cutting phase, and then we weigh-in and we fight.  So that’s about it. I’m by the book.



How have you approached the challenge of possibly going 12 rounds in this fight? 


C. McGregor 

We’ve adjusted to the timing in my cardiovascular preparation.  On the endurance phases we’ve stretched it out to accommodate the 12 three minute rounds.  It’s actually been very enjoyable to go from five, five minute rounds which is what I’m used to, which
is 25 minutes, to 12 threes in boxing, which is 36 minutes.  You’ve got to factor in there’s not as much grabbing, but not to the extent of a mixed martial arts bout where you can end up on your back and you’ve got to tactically work your way back to your
feet, which is very draining. 


But it’s a different kind of cardiovascular training.  So we have adjusted some things and I feel absolutely amazing.  I’ve done multiple 12 round fights in the buildup for this.  I’ve done 12 rounds just last night.  We are more than prepared.  Myself and
my training team have formulated the McGregor fast program.  This is a cardiovascular training program that we formulated after I suffered my first defeat in the UFC to Nate Diaz.  We formulated it for the Diaz 2 rematch.  And even a triathlete with a big
weight advantage, much bigger man and can go for days, that’s what he specializes in. 


He has an unrivaled gas tank.  So we had to come up with a special formula and a special method to train.  And that’s what we’ve done.  We created the McGregor fast program and I’ve been on that since about a week after that first loss.  And since then I’ve
had I believe two bouts under that and now this will be the third one.  So I’ve been on this program over a year now and you’ll see the results.  I mean to be able to go from 5 fives to 12 threes and we’ve done it pretty seamlessly as well, I’m very proud
of it and I’m very excited to go in and represent the McGregor fast program on August 26th as well.



I’m wondering if you see a difference between how fans treat you and Floyd and whether you think race plays any role in that.


C. McGregor 

How many times have I been slayed by people?  It’s give and take here.  I get my fair share of hate and my fair share of love also. I believe it’s 50/50.  I mean look at every boxing analyst.  It’s like I’ve been discarded and it’s like I’m not welcome. I’ve
suffered as well, so it is what it is. For me, this is athlete versus athlete. I was upset that Floyd tried to bring this in.  I thought that was a weak move on his part.  And he knows and his people truly know that it’s not from me, not that I’m saying that
there’s not people on both sides that have this mindset where it’s black versus white and this type of thing.


But it’s certainly something I do not condone.  This is athlete versus athlete and two prime physical condition athletes about to take part in an amazing event and that’s it on my end.  So I’m disappointed to hear the way sometimes it’s been portrayed, but
I suppose it’s just the nature of the game with the way things are going on in the world at the moment.  But all I can do is stay focused on my craft and look to go out and put on a great performance for the fans who are supporting this event, as a whole.



What do you make of some of boxing circles being so dismissive of this fight?  Is that something that motivates you? 


C. McGregor 

It’s certainly motivating.  The disrespect and the disregard to my skill set is disappointing. I look at people so many times and their mind is closed.  They’ve got a closed mind to how things can be done.  It’s a set way and there’s no other way.  Where if
that was the case we’d never have reached across the waters and searched for other lands.  And we’d never have went into space.  Do you know what I mean?  You’ve got to have an open mind and you’ve got to realize that there are other ways and there is a time
and a place for every single moment. 


You’ve got to give respect for other disciplines and other styles.  Like for instance, fighting is a complex game.  There is a time and a place for every single attack and every single move.  It’s about finding the correct timing for it.  So when I hear the
way they carry on and they disregard and disrespect, it is what it is.  I use it as motivation and I look forward to going in and educating them.  But at the same time I get it. I’m coming in; I’m supposed to be from another sport and so again, I understand
where it’s at.  But I’m just looking forward to August 26th, going in and proving what I’m saying and then educating the world on what martial arts are and giving the fans and everybody a good solid fight and earning my respect in this game also. 



In UFC you can’t always wear personal sponsors, logos and endorsements like that.  Are you looking forward to that?  What do you have planned endorsement wise for August 26th?


C. McGregor

Yes.  I’ve got a couple of endorsements coming up.  And then as far as an apparel deal, we’re close on an apparel deal.  But at the same time, I’m in no rush.  I’ve got good endorsement deals.  As far as in ring endorsements, there are two that will be on the
shorts I believe.  Look, there are so many moving parts in the game.  I’m just kind of trying to roll with it.  And look, it’s ten days from the fight time so I leave this to my agency and my management agency.  I rely on sports management to handle that side
of the business, but it is certainly a good business, so I’m very happy with everything that’s been going on, on the endorsement side. 



I just wondered how your preparation and also the buildup kind of outside around you, has differed from your big UFC fights and whether that’s affected your preparations at all.


C. McGregor

Oh, look it’s another day for me.  It’s another day of making history.  It’s another day of doing what I’ve been told I shouldn’t be doing or I can’t do. It’s another mega blockbuster event.  It’s nothing new to me here.  So the only difference in this buildup
is I have a little son now with me.  So we are here in Las Vegas as a family and my coaches and sparring partners and team, they have their multiple houses close by.  So it’s just been – I go to the gym and I train really hard for that given day.  I come home,
I rest and chill with my family and then I repeat. 


And then the media and the circus around it, it’s business as usual.  It’s the exact same. 



Do you believe Floyd and what he has said about a rematch? Specifically on Jimmy Kimmel


C. McGregor 

Yes.  I didn’t watch – I didn’t hear the Jimmy Kimmel bit – but I got some snippets of it that someone sent – I got tagged in some stuff, but I didn’t really hear much of what he said.  As far as what he said on the world tour, he said he would step into the
octagon.  If he would do that he would have my respect.  Anyone that’s willing to step into a game like that where the limitations are so short, deserves respect.  And that’s at all levels whether it’s at club level in a small hall, or a big stadium, it’s
still full of fans.  If you get into that game or any combat sport game for that matter. I’ll be here to grant him his rematch.


But right now we’re focused on putting him away August 26th and then we’ll see what happens after that.  I also have multiple world titles to defend inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  And we’ll see.  Maybe he can come over and after he gets his ass
whooped, he can try and challenge for my lightweight belt.



I wondered whether your mindset has changed toward anything he’s done or anything that’s happened in the buildup has made you more confident? 


C. McGregor

I think the team I have around me has instilled confidence in me.  And we have a solid team.  It’s been a growing team and an adjusting team throughout my career.  And I think we just understand how it’s done and how it’s done correctly.  And training has gone
absolutely flawless.  Everyone has a say; everyone listens to each other. Everyone’s input is there and then we come to the best solution off of everyone’s input and it’s just been an absolute amazing camp.


The other night we were in the altitude chamber at like 13,000 feet at the Ultimate Fighting Championship Performance Institute and it was a scary training session.  There’s no way in hell that I am not ready to fight in the deepest of trenches in this contest. 
Like the training sessions and the practice that we’ve been putting in, has been to hell and back.  So we are prepared for every possible outcome.  I believe now the gloves are 8 ounces, I don’t believe he makes it out of the second round. I have multiple
first round KOs and I have multiple under one minute KOs on my record.


So part of me kind of wants to show some skill and to dismantle him that way.  But I do not see it – I do not see him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds.  But we are ready for absolutely every scenario.  I’m ready to go to war for the full 12 rounds
and I’m ready to put him away in the first ten seconds.  So that’s where my head’s at. 



Floyd has worn eight ounce gloves in 46 out of his 49 fights.  So for that reason, was there any consideration on your part, to wear 10 ounce gloves, just to inconvenience his side? 


C. McGregor:

No.  Not at all.  I mean I said that doesn’t bother me.  Again, I’m – I was already up six ounces from four to ten, so it’s down a little bit from ten to eight, so how often he’s worn the gloves never factored into it. I didn’t even know that for instance,
so that didn’t factor into my thoughts at all. I do not care about his record.  I do not care about his achievements.  Every fight is on a fight by fight basis.  So that’s the way we approach it.



Was Robert Byrd the referee that you asked for?  And what do you think that he will bring to this fight?  Are you happy with it? 


C. McGregor 

They gave us options.  We didn’t necessarily ask for any referee in particular.  There was a referee or two that gave an opinion on the fight and it was like a little bit, if that’s the case then it’s very hard for them to be considered.  So that was where
we were at with it.  And then the referee – I mean we were kind of hoping there was like a mix between an MMA – someone who had some link to an MMA bout. Robert Byrd is a phenomenal referee.  We’ve watched him – I’ve watched him ref since the announcement
has been made.  He’s a good ref.  He lets the fight take place.  He doesn’t interrupt.  He steps in when he should step in. 


His also has some links to mixed martial arts also.  His wife was involved in the mixed martial arts game.  So I think again, I’m very pleased and I think it credits the Nevada State Athletic Commission on their choosing.  It was done very, very fairly.  So
we are very happy with it. 



You weren’t hoping for Tony Weeks then by any chance? 


C. McGregor 

Tony Weeks was also a consideration.  He was also selected – he has had – he has ref’d both MMA bouts and boxing bouts, so yes, he was definitely one on our list also.  But we are happy.  We are happy with the selection. 



Did you have any issue with the three judges selected by the Commission? 


C. McGregor

I haven’t really studied on the judging so it’s very hard to find out like a history of the judges just yet.  I believe my coach.  I’m sure that coach has been already on that case.  But I believe it’s a fair mix across the board. I believe there’s US, there’s
European.  I think it’s again, I commend the Nevada State Athletic Commission, they’ve done a hell of a job.  It was fair all the way through.  So we are very pleased.



On Monday your former sparring partner, Paulie Malignaggi, said that he is trying to fight you.  That’s his intention.  He would like to fight you.  I’m wondering if this is something that you’re interested in?


C. McGregor 

Look, tell the kid to join the queue.  Tell him to shut his mouth and join the queue, will you fast?  Lord save me.  He got his ass whooped and he went sprinting and I don’t know what you want me to say about the guy, but hey, there’s a big list of people that
want to get in there and try and fight me, so tell him to join the queue and we’ll see what happens after the fight.


Have you watched All Access at all? What do you make of the way that they are portraying you and the way they’re portraying him on that show? 


C. McGregor

Thank god I’m in the game.  Thank god it’s me on the other side, otherwise it’d be one hell of a boring buildup to the contest I suppose.  But I don’t really care.  I mean I know he has control of these and he’s an executive producer on the project.  I watched
episode 1 and I watched episode 2.  I thought episode 2 was a great episode.  Episode 3, I think I watched a little bit of episode 3.  It’s a nice dynamic.  I’m in the gym scheduling full on bouts.  He’s at the ranch with the kids and the horse.  So it’s a
nice dynamic.


He’s doing one thing, I’m doing another.  So that’s the way they’re playing it, that’s the way it is.  I think the buildup is the buildup. Everyone is excited here.  We could go radio silent.  We could go radio silent and this thing is still going to blow everything
out of the water.  The public know what they’re witnessing here.  This is a special historic event and everyone is very excited about it.  So that’s where I’m at. 



Some fighters like Terrence Crawford and David Haye have put out videos mocking your training.  Have you seen these videos and if so, what do you make of the response to your training on Friday?


C. McGregor:

I’ve seen some videos.  It is what it is.  It’s lighthearted.  I don’t take it personally.  If anything, I see stiffness in every single one of them.  You must have the limbs free.  Your shoulders must be disconnected.  You must have the ability to disconnect
your shoulders and reconnect it at the point of impact. With that skill set is how you can change a jab to a hook in the blink of an eye or a jab to an uppercut in the blink of an eye.  It’s the same thing with the hip flexors for kicks.  If I throw a front
kick to your midsection; if I’m tight in the hip and I can’t free the leg like I can free my shoulders like I showed one of many training methods on how to free the shoulders, if I can do that with my hip flexor, I can change the point of impact from the belly
and switch it up to the head in a millisecond. 


These are just training methods – age old training methods.  That shoulder training method you saw was made very popular by the great Rickson Gracie, one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts.  It’s the shoulder loosening exercises.  It gets the shoulders warmed
up.  You’ve got to do it correct though.  I’ve seen David Haye hit pads with it.  You can’t hit pads with it when the shoulder is disconnected.  You hit when the shoulder is disconnected and you’ll do serious damage to yourself.  And David Haye is a man who
has pulled out contests over a sore baby toe.  So he must be careful with the way he hits pads.


But it is what it is.  We will educate as we go forward.  It’s a marathon, not a sprint. 



You said that you want to defend your multiple world titles in MMA.  Do you still consider yourself the featherweight champion? 


C. McGregor 

Oh, 100%.  I mean how can I not consider myself the UFC featherweight world champion and the UFC lightweight world champion?  The current UFC featherweight world champion is Max Holloway, a man who I dismantled.  And then the former was Jose Aldo. I still reign
supreme over that division.  And then also, the 155-pound division, I know there’s talk of an interim belt.  I had already won that belt and literally a month later, there was an interim scheduled.


But you know it is what it is.  Everyone knows I am the multiple weight world champion of the UFC’s featherweight division and lightweight division.  And I look forward to going back in continuing where I left off.



Conor what have you heard as far as the metrics from the fight? 


C. McGregor

I saw it pointing to record breaking numbers.  All across the board.  From the gate to the sponsorships to the Pay-Per-Views.  Absolutely every angle. 


So I am very, very happy with how it has gone.  I am very happy with how the promotion has gone.  I believe I have handled it carefully and best of all involved I believe.


I have been more active than all involved by a mile.  So I am very happy I look forward to when the contest is all said and done and wrapped up.


My friend is getting married in Ibiza.  We are going to go to Ibiza and then I will relax on my yacht in Ibiza and I will begin the counting game.  Because that is counting sponsorships, our count of the date revenue, the merchandise sales and the multiple
pies that I have my hand in.  And then I build up my fortune and there we go.  So that is my plan.


M. Radmanovich

Thank you everyone.  Thank you Conor for joining us and at this point we are going to patch in UFC President, Dana White to join us for the next half an hour to take your questions.  So we will reprompt you.  We will get the queue going again.



With Conor going into the boxing world as opposed to James Toney coming into the MMA world,  why do you think there isn’t that inevitability that there was when Tony came into MMA?


Dana White

Well I think a lot of people believe there is.  But the difference is obviously, he came into a sport where there were so many different weapons and so many different ways to beat him.


Whereas, Conor can punch.  Conor hits hard.  Conor knocks people out.  Completely different, completely different.  Listen people think that Conor is going to be completely outclassed.  Some people are saying that he will never hit Floyd once.


I will tell you this.  I just watched him work out last night.  He looks phenomenal.  He is in great shape.  He hits hard and now we are fighting in eight ounce gloves and this is going to be a fight. 


Anything can happen in a fight.  Even I can’t remember who the boxer was that fought in MMA.  He hit Tim Silva, former Heavyweight Champion ,and knocked him out.  So anything is possible in a fight.



Is there a fight that you tend to remember under the UFC banner that is comparable in anyway in terms of the buildup, the hype and just everything that is going into this?


D. White

There are tons of big fights that I have been involved with but obviously nothing as big as this.  This is the biggest event ever in combat sports history.  It is the most distributed event in Pay-Per-View history.


You can get this fight anywhere.  This thing is on in like over 200 countries on Pay-Per-View. Boxing usually doesn’t do a lot of digital.  You can buy this thing through UFC.TV and through the SHOWTIME app, Amazon, Sony, Apple, et cetera.  You can buy this


If you are in Manhattan or you are on a desert island somewhere, if you have Wi-Fi you can buy this fight. 



What do you classify as your biggest as far as the promotion and the buildup?


D. White

Well it depends.  It depends on what time you are talking about it. All of the Conor fights and the Ronda fights have always been big.  Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz was big.  Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort. There are tons of big fights that had a big fight feeling.


But this is the biggest fight ever.  It is tracking right now to be the largest commercial Pay-Per-View ever done in the history of Pay-Per-View.  It is the most distributed Pay-Per-View event in history.  You know the list goes on and on of records that this
thing will break.



What is it like dealing with a personality like Conor where the guy is not satisfied ever and is always pushing for more and things that seem either impossible or not allowable to you?


D. White        

I love it.  That is why I call the kid the Unicorn.  To accomplish great things in life you have to take huge risks.  Who takes more risks than Conor McGregor?


The guy is a huge star.  A fight falls out a week before.  He will fight anybody.  He doesn’t care.  He believes in himself so much that he will literally fight anybody. 


Most of the guys on a roster are like, I haven’t trained for him.  I didn’t prepare for this guy and they won’t take the risk.  They will cancel the fight and, you know that is the way most normal people are.  Not this guy.


You know Floyd Mayweather and the talk started about these guys fighting.  Never once did he say I absolutely demand that he fights me in MMA.  He said no I want to go and fight Floyd in his own world.  I want to beat him in what he does the best.


We actually have this thing that we are coming out with next week that we are going to put out on social media and other places.  Where Conor starts off, you know, five, six years ago saying, “Dana you will sign me into the UFC.  I will be your biggest star. 
I will win two world titles.”


And all this stuff that he is laying out that is going to happen before I had even heard of Conor McGregor.



Do you recall the first conversation or the first time he broached the Floyd Mayweather question?  Can you take us to that conversation when it came up and you discussed it?  And what were your thoughts at that time?


D. White

Well I think the first time I remember the Mayweather thing was those guys were going back and forth. I thought it was crazy that Conor and Mayweather are talking smack to each other right now.


Then Conor told me he wanted to fight him and I was like, what?  What is the point in even talking about this?  That guy is never going to fight in MMA.  He said no I want to box him.


And I was just like, all right.  That’s crazy.  And again it is one of those things I thought would never happen. Ehat would the rules be?  I said we would never get a deal done with these guys.  It would be impossible to get this deal done.


Then the first time this thing even started to get serious was I was on ESPN and I threw out, “Tell you what Floyd.  I will give you $25 million.”  And then TMZ got him somewhere and he hung his watch out the window and said, “You see this watch?”


And I don’t know what that meant.  The watch was $25 million?  I don’t know.  But that is what started the negotiations when I put out the $25 million offer.



Are you now a believer in Mystic Mac?


D. White

I am a believer in Mystic Mac for sure. This kid he has done everything he said he would do.  And he is claiming that he will knock out Floyd Mayweather within four rounds and I think he broke it down to two now.


But yes listen I am with Conor.  I am in.  I am on the ride with him man so I am excited.



I am wondering if you think this fight has the potential to impact the popularity of either sport?  And related to that, does your research so much crossover between the MMA fan and the boxing fan?


D. White

There are some.  You know the boxing fan is older.  Those demographics are older than ours.  But I believe that this is good for combat sports.  It is like when Mayweather Paacquiao did the numbers that they did I was like wow.


First I said good for them.  And Number 2, I was like well that is the bar.  That shows me that if you have the right fight at the right place at the right time, people are willing to watch.


I knew once this thing started to materialize that this fight was going to be so much bigger worldwide than any fight that had ever happened.  Conor has a very big following in places like Brazil, in places like Australia.  Obviously Europe. 


So I knew that worldwide this would be the big and I was right.  This thing is the biggest event that has ever happened to combat sports.  This fight will reach over a billion homes worldwide.



It could help both sports.  Can it hurt either sport?  Depending on what the outcome is?


D. White

I don’t think it hurts either sport.  I think this is one of those cool situations where two guys are willing to take the risk to fight each other.  And I think that this thing has captured the imagination of people.


That is how this fight was built.  This fight was really built through the fans and the media.



Has your respect for Floyd Mayweather and his team grown through this process? 


D. White

Definitely.  The worst deals to be involved with are people that aren’t very smart but they think they are.  They are the most dangerous kind.  And Mayweather’s team isn’t bad at all.  These guys are actually very, very smart guys.


When I say that it’s because when problems pop up you know it is always hard to fix with people who aren’t too bright.  Then it is always the small stuff and not the right things to be arguing about.  These guys are really easy to deal with.



How do you see the eight ounce gloves affecting the contest?


D. White

I think it affects the contest a lot.  First of all, yes Floyd will be faster with eight ounce gloves.  But Floyd is a defensive master and he has less glove for less defense.


Conor hits like a truck, smaller gloves favor him big time.  So it affects the fight big time.


When we were in the original negotiations it wasn’t even something they were talking about eight ounce gloves. 


So I don’t know what has changed in the last however long ago we did the deal but I am glad it did.  I think it makes it so much more fun.



Do you subscribe or ascribe a lot of the credit to the family for the way Conor is as well?


D. White

Definitely, you have to.  But at the end of the day he is a special kid.  I call him the Unicorn.  He is different than anybody I have ever dealt with. 


I like how he is willing to put everything on the line.  I have never seen anybody who believes in himself more than this guy does.  And believes in – when he makes up his mind and what he is going to do.  He absolutely 100% believes it.  Lives it.  It is fascinating.



What noises were you making watching him spar last night?  What were the noises coming out of Dana White?


D. White

I was very quiet and sat there and just watched.  He sparred with a really fast talented kid and it was a good session.  And Conor worked like a dog last night. 


He is in great shape.  He is hitting really hard right now and he is in a very good place.  I loved watching it last night and I feel good about this.



If he beats Floyd and he comes back for a couple of fights in the UFC would it not surprise you if he beats Floyd Mayweather if he starts calling out Canelo and Golovkin?


D. White        

God nothing with Conor would surprise me.  It is not what I would want to have happen but it wouldn’t surprise me.



Has he come out and tried to bet you anything that he is going to fulfill this two to four round prediction?


D. White        

No he hasn’t tried.  Listen I am on his side on this thing.  I want him to win.  I expect him to win.  I expect him to knock Floyd Mayweather out.  So no, not that I didn’t think that he could beat Chad Mendes. 


It is not like I am going to bet against another one of my guys.  Which by the way, we didn’t make that bet but we did pay him.



It was ruled today that you guys were going to be an official promoter for this event.  So what additional leverage does that give you guys?  How else are you able to now help push this as you said to a billion homes worldwide?


D. White

Yes I think that we have done a good job with working with SHOWTIME and they do the things that they are good at.  We do the things that we are good at.  And it really helped.


There are a lot of things that boxing doesn’t do.  For instance, most of the times you are dealing with the network.  Networks aren’t too excited to go OTT.  Now a big thing that they are into.


We have the capabilities.  We do it all the time.  And I believe we are one of the best to do it.  And I mean the numbers are tracking huge.  We are going to do the numbers that everybody has been talking we are going to do.


The over/under line in Vegas is is 4.9 million.  Everything is tracking right now to say that we are going to kill this thing.  So it is looking really good.



It was announced yesterday that you are going to have Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee fight for an interim belt.  That would actually fall within a year since Conor won the belt.  So is there a particularly reason why you guys are rushing into the interim business


D. White

No because the thing is Conor has told me he is going to fight again this year.  But I don’t know what is going to happen, you know.  You can’t put these guys on the shelves all this time.


We will see what happens with this fight.  That fight is going to move forward and we will see what is next for Conor.



How much money do you expect Conor McGregor make on August 26th? 


D. White

Well it depends on obviously what the fight does.  But Conor is going to make a lot of life changing money.  Money that will change his family’s life forever.



Just wanted you to talk about the impact of social media on this fight? 


D. White

Oh yes absolutely.  When we did the world tour the numbers were off the charts. I can’t quote exactly, I don’t have them in front of me.  But if you ask our PR team they can give you those numbers.


Great question it was incredible how many people.  The first day, I can’t remember it was something crazy like the first day, the first stop in LA something like 12.5 million people watched it just on our Facebook alone. 


Maybe it was between 12 and 20 million or something like that.  I can’t remember.  But that was just on Facebook the first day.  So yes the numbers were massive.



Even something like the Paulie sparring thing that just kept going and going and going.  Do you think that added to the eyeballs that you are going to get the night of the fight?


D. White        

Yes, listen obviously the whole Paulie thing popped up out of nowhere.  That thing happened and went down.  It is funny all the twists and turns that happen when you are promoting a fight like this.


Obviously he was saying all this crazy stuff for like five or six days.  And then finally I was like you know what?  I want to put out some of the footage here and just stop all this craziness.


When I put the footage out., just the footage on my Instagram alone it was both Instagram over a million.  My Facebook was over two million and Twitter was close to two million too just on mine.  That doesn’t include you know everywhere else it went.



Are there a couple of things Conor, the person that people aren’t too familiar with that maybe that stand out to you?


D. White        

Yes I mean Conor, the person is a very loyal guy.  He is a good guy.  If you look at the people he is around.  Very, very, very loyal to his country and his people obviously. 


And then his friends, the guys are the same guys that have been around him.  He doesn’t try to go, maybe I should go train with this trainer or this camp or these guys.  He is very loyal to his own.


He is very smart kid when it comes to fighting.  His fight IQ is brilliant.  Then he is actually a smart businessman too.  The kids has made a lot of really good decisions and you know even when he deals with us he is a very bright guy.



Floyd likes to say that Conor stole his blueprint.  Do you think he did?


D. White        

No the thing is that is scary is in a lot of ways I think they are very similar guys.  It is not like you can just go out and say, I am going to act like this guy or I am going to act like that guy.  Conor is who he is.


Every city he goes he is in a different Bentley or a different Rolls Royce.  You have got to be like that. 


Listen, I have never been a Rolls Royce in my life.  One of the first ones I ever saw was Conor’s in New York.  So you are either that type of guy or you are not.


M. Radmanovich     

Thank you everyone and thank you to our speakers today.  Dana White and Conor McGregor.  We look forward to seeing everybody here in Las Vegas, next Saturday, August 26th at T-Mobile Arena for what is going to be a great evening of fights.  Thank you everyone

The Case For Conor McGregor

On a brisk foggy evening in Dublin, Ireland, the sounds of a rambunctious crowd empties out from a local pub into the night air. A sharply dressed man walks by and entertains the thought of joining the crowd; however, his mind drifts towards the octagon, it is a thought that dissipates quickly. That is not my direction at the current time he thinks, but what is?  

At that same moment in the late morning hours of Las Vegas, Nevada under a blinding sun, a man, a year and a half into retirement contemplates a return to the ring. There are plenty of young lions in the game but there were young lions before retirement, it will take more to lure him back. What challenge will I need he thinks, what will make financial sense? 

At that moment, the fog begins to clear in Dublin as a cloud covers the sun in Las Vegas. It suddenly becomes clear to both men. The Irishman says “Floyd Mayweather” as the American says “Conor McGregor”

And so it began. Boxing vs. MMA, Money vs. The Notorious One, TBE vs. GOAT, USA vs. Ireland, Grand Rapids vs. Dublin, Champ vs. Champ, and so on and so on….

The easier path and non journalistic suicide route would be to feature Mayweather and talk about the beauty of his work. Get granular on how he’ll control all aspects of the fight through his counter punching, his movement, his jab, his feints, and the impenetrable trademark shoulder roll but hey, where’s the fun in that? Scour the internet, that’s all you will find.

In a “normal” boxing match, all these things would be the case; however this is not a normal boxing match, McGregor will not allow it to be. In journalism, impartiality is expected. That has not been the case for this event and as such, I’ll go down the road less traveled…….

Mental Issues-

A few signs leading up to the fight may suggest that number fifty may be different.

Mayweather has always been the undisputed champ of the pre-fight trash talk and head games. That is not the case this time around. McGregor has equaled him and at times has surpassed him. Maybe nothing, but as we’ve come to know Mayweather over the years and that would have never been the case.

Can you ever remember Mayweather stating that he is disadvantaged in a fight as he did in this interview with ESPN?

“He’s a lot younger. When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man from top to bottom. He’s a lot younger, so youth is on his side,” “And I’ve been off a couple of years. And I’m in my 40s. So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor.”

Understood that all of this is to sell the fight but so was the majority of all other 49 pre-fight interviews & buildup, but never any statements quite like that.

Getting Physical- 

The tale of the tape favors McGregor; however, two or less inches in height and reach is not significant here unless it is used correctly, more specifically the jab. If McGregor is able to use his two inch reach advantage effectively, he can make Mayweather reset his attack which is something he is not used to doing. Mayweather wants to dictate the terms and will be uncomfortable if he is unable to do so.

The angles by McGregor will be key and may provide a bit of confusion for Mayweather. They are unorthodox in a boxing ring due to the way they are used in the octagon. Using angles for striking only is different than using angles to protect against takedowns and kicks. As such, McGregor will have success in masking his attack through distance.

What may be a telling sign early in the fight is the energy and explosiveness that McGregor brings. In the octagon, you kick, knee, grapple, strike, go to the ground, get up, grapple again, strike again and all this for five minutes straight. Arguably, the exertion that that exudes is more taxing in comparison to the three minutes in the ring, not to mention there are probably more lulls as well in the squared circle comparatively.

Seems McGregor would have exuberant amounts of energy in the tank for this one. Three minutes of only striking and movement may seem like a holiday for McGregor compared to the energy exerted through all disciplines of the octagon.

Again, the key will be the effectiveness in what he does with this energy. It must be, dare I say it….effective aggression. Different sport, different rules.  It’s no secret that McGregor will not out-box Mayweather and will have to make it a back alley brawl. He’ll need to cut off the ring and again, make Mayweather uncomfortable. In the few fights that Mayweather has shown vulnerability it has been those times when his opponents have made it dirty and rough.

But……..beware of the counter punch. If McGregor’s aggression is uncontrolled, he will fall into one of Mayweather’s greatest strengths which is his counter punching.

Eight hundred and seventy-four words in, we have finally arrived to the key of the fight. If McGregor’s defense and movement is such that he can avoid Mayweather’s counter punching, he will be able to land his power which will change the tide of the fight. If he is able to stun Mayweather and sustain his attack, all those that bet the house on Mayweather may need to be rushed to the emergency room.

Mayweather has vowed to come forward in this one, doubtful but we’ll see. With that ring I.Q., it seems unlikely that he would not use his advantages and rather enter into McGregor’s one true advantage. The gloves have been changed to eight ounces so closer to McGregor’s comfort level but also will be different for Mayweather in that he’s wearing a lighter glove which most likely will be conducive to his speed.

And what of the Mayweather layoff? It will be the longest of his career at a few weeks short of two years. His previous long was about a year and ten months when he was thirty-two. Mayweather is a gym rat and is always in shape, combine that with the fact that he always knew he would return for number 50 in an attempt to break the late great Rocky Marcianos’ record and the ring rust should be minimal, but… he is forty now. Is this the night he gets old? If so, he’ll be in deep against a young lion.

The Final Bell-

If you’re into dates, keep in mind that Marciano started his career on March 17, a holiday that celebrates the patron saint of Ireland and also National Muay Thai Day. McGregor will start his career in a match where Mayweather will try and best Marciano.

Can The Notorious One channel his inner Robert Langdon and crack The Mayvinci Code? Forty-Nine have tried, will fifty prevail?

One thing’s for sure, this fight is not as one-sided as it may appear. McGregor is a combat athlete of the highest of levels and is here to win for more than just money.

The kid from Crumlin who survived the mean streets to build his brand internationally has been doubted before. It’s what feeds his inner demons. No more dangerous a man than one who does not give a fuck.

It’s early morning in Dublin, Ireland, the sounds of a rambunctious crowd empties out from a local pub into the morning air. The native son has shocked the world.

At that same moment in Las Vegas, Nevada, the house has won again. (Assuming of course that most of the money was on Mayweather, if not, well, let’s just say what happens in Vegas…)

Was it only a dream? We’ll find out on August 26.

Floyd Mayweather Las Vegas Media Workout Quotes & Photos

Floyd Mayweather Las Vegas Media Workout Quotes & Photos


Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV Event Saturday, Aug. 26 From T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas


Plus! Gervonta Davis, Badou Jack & Andrew Tabiti Quotes & Photos Ahead of Showdowns on PPV Undercard


for Photos from Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


for Photos from Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

(Photos to be added shortly)

LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2017) –
Floyd “Money” Mayweather opened up the Mayweather Boxing Club on Thursday for a media workout ahead of his highly anticipated matchup against UFC champion
Conor McGregor on Saturday, Aug. 26 in the headlining attraction of a SHOWTIME PPV event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


Joining Mayweather at the media workout were a trio of fighters competing under the Mayweather Promotions banner who enter the ring in undercard attractions on SHOWTIME PPV.


America’s youngest world champion,
Gervonta “Tank” Davis will make the second defense of his world title against unbeaten challenger
Francisco Fonseca while former world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper”
is set to challenge 175-pound titleholder Nathan Cleverly in his debut at light heavyweight.


The PPV event begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undefeated rising cruiserweight contender
Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti taking ontwo-time world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham
in a 10-round bout.


Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:




“I’ve been here before and I know what it takes. It’s my same old routine but I’m older now so I have to let the body rest a lot more. With age comes wisdom. When I was a lot younger I would just train and train
and never let myself recuperate. When I come back from resting I come back rejuvenated and with a lot more spark.


“This isn’t just a fight; this is an event. We both owe the fans and everyone tuning in a lot of excitement. That’s what we’re there to give them.


“I know I’m going to face a warrior. It’s not for me to worry about what he does on a day-to-day basis. I have to worry about what I have to go out there and do. I have to execute the game plan. I’m not going
to overlook him. That’s why I’m in here working extremely hard.


“When it’s all said and done it comes down to the two competitors. My dad can give me a brilliant game plan but he can’t get in there and fight for me. Same for Conor and his team. It doesn’t matter who the
crowd’s rooting for, it’s two men in there.


“This training camp has been a lot different. I’ve spent some time in Miami and in Los Angeles training. I’ve been pushed really hard by the young guys in camp. I don’t need to post every workout video because
I’ve been around this sport a long time and everyone knows what I can do. 


“On paper we know he’s taller and has a long reach. He has youth on his side. People say that he has power on his side. I know that ring IQ and experience are in my favor. I have the fight knowledge on my side.
We both have advantages.


“I know he’s going to come out and try to switch stances. He’ll come out southpaw then go the other way. But all that does is burn energy. Then I’m going to give him a look and give him some knowledge, and we’ll
see what happens.


“Conor feels it’s not going to go past four rounds and I don’t think it’s going the distance. We’re both confident in our skills and we’ll see who gets it done.


“My opponent is always confident, but it’s different being in there with Floyd Mayweather. They realize that this is real. But for me, it’s just another day. That’s the mentality that has allowed me to stay


“It’s been great to be in a position as a promoter to give knowledge to young fighters. It’s one of my ultimate goals to take a young fighter and make them a household name. I want to take fighters to the next




“I’m feeling great. Being in the same ring and on the undercard of Floyd’s fight is amazing. I’ve worked hard to get to this point and I’m ready to put on a great show on August 26.


“Training has been sharp. I’ve been stopping a lot of guys in training. I can’t wait to get in the ring and give the fans a big knockout.


“Being on this card has been a big motivation in training. It feels great and I’m truly blessed to be in this position. I think the excitement that this card brings will be great for the sport of boxing. I’m
ready to shine.


“I know I have a tough undefeated opponent who’s going to come in and try to take my belt and I have to take care of business. He has some decent power so I think it’s going to be an exciting fight.


“I’ve accomplished a lot at a young age. It’s all because of the hard work that I’ve put in for my entire life. I don’t complain, I just keep working every day.


“I’m ready to take full advantage of this chance I have. It’s just one step on a long road I see to the top of this sport.”




“Everything is great in training camp. I’ve been in training for about seven weeks getting ready for this matchup. I’m excited and happy to be a part of such a big event.


“I think this weight is going to be better for me. I’m going to have more power. I’ll be more athletic and style-wise I prefer to fight bigger guys. I can use my speed, but I also like to go inside and break
my opponent down. It’s harder if I have to chase them, but the big guys are going to be right there.


“Cleverly has a high work rate and he’s very tough. He’s going to come to fight. That’s what we want. It’s a good first fight for me at this weight.


“I’m excited to work hard these next two weeks and get to fight night. He’s been in some good fights but I’m different than anyone he’s faced. I’ll show how my skills translate to light heavyweight.


“It’s really a blessing to be in this position. I’m happy because a lot of other fighters don’t get to be on this stage. I’m so thankful to my whole team. I won’t let the fans down and on August 26, I’m coming
to steal the show.


“I’ve done everything right to get to this point. It’s an honor to be in this position. I just have to take care of business.”




“This is a huge deal to me. Floyd Mayweather is the biggest star in boxing and to be a part of everything that’s going on is a dream come true.


“I was really happy when I found out that I’d be fighting on this card. There aren’t really words for how blessed I am to be in this position.


“This fight means a lot to me. This is a chance for me to become the American face of cruiserweights just like Steve Cunningham was. I’m taking this very seriously and I have great respect for Steve Cunningham,
but this is my time to take it.


“I’m ready to be a fresh face in the cruiserweight division. I’m going to give it everything I have. I’m humbled by this experience and I’m going to take advantage of it.


“I can’t wait to open the show. There’s a little added pressure being at the beginning of the PPV but I’m going to embrace it and put on a great performance.”


LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions


“Floyd is a lot wiser now. He’s gotten smarter with age. He’s a young man who has an incredible vision and I have a great deal of respect for everything he’s done.


“The older you get, the harder it is to get things going in training. It’s taken Floyd a while to get in a groove, but he’s in a groove now.


“All of these records being broken are because of Floyd Mayweather. He’s been innovative and he always thinks outside the box. That’s why he’s had such tremendous success.


“We’ve been able to generate a great deal of interest in new avenues and bring Floyd to even more casual fans because of the boxing and MMA worlds colliding. This is going to be one of the biggest nights in
sports entertainment history.


“Both guys are looking to knock each other out. I believe Conor McGregor when he says that he’s looking to knock Floyd out in the first four rounds. He hasn’t shown me anything to make me think differently.
Floyd usually just goes and does his thing, but with some things that have happened recently, I think Floyd really wants to get him out of there.





Badou Jack Challenges 175-Pound Champ Nathan Cleverly & Undefeated Andrew Tabiti Takes on Two-Time World Champion Steve Cunningham In Trio Of High-Stakes Matchups Preceding

Mayweather vs. McGregor Main Event


Saturday, Aug. 26 Live on SHOWTIME PPV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

From T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas


LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2017) – Two world championship fights including a title defense by America’s youngest world champion are part of the trio
of high stakes matchups on the Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV undercard on Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and presented by Mayweather Promotions.


The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event, beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, is headlined by the unprecedented super welterweight matchup between boxing’s undefeated all-time great Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar
Conor McGregor.  In the co-featured bout, undefeated rising star Gervonta “Tank” Davis
will make the second defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship against undefeated challenger
Francisco Fonseca as the 22-year-old looks to continue his reign as the youngest current champion from the U.S.


WBA Light Heavyweight Titlist
Nathan Cleverly
will defend his title against former 168-pound world champion
Badou Jack “The Ripper”, who is stepping up in weight and into this world title tilt.


The pay-per-view telecast will open with undefeated rising cruiserweight contender
Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti taking ontwo-time world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham
in a 10-round bout for the USBA cruiserweight title.


“What a night this will be for fight fans,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Not only will they witness a first of its kind main event, but they will also
see two incredible world title fights, as Mayweather Promotions’ very own current and former world champions go head-to-head in separate bouts. Gervonta Davis is nothing short of pure boxing talent with dynamite power.  Former super middleweight world champion
Badou Jack is making his light heavyweight debut, and looking to take the title away from a tough and experienced Nathan Cleverly.  But first, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will open the pay-per-view telecast with what I expect to be a magnificent performance.
 This diverse card is an epic, international affair stacked with talent.  Make sure you don’t miss the biggest event the sport has ever seen.”


“This undercard includes three meaningful matches featuring fighters we’ve seen develop over the years on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “Gervonta
Davis has fast-tracked himself to stardom on this network, we’ve seen Badou Jack develop from prospect to champion, and we’re now witnessing similar growth with Andrew Tabiti.  We’re excited to watch them compete in tough, competitive matchups on this global

Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca – IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship


One of the fastest-rising young stars in
the sport, Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning champion from the U.S. when he knocked out Jose Pedraza in January to capture the IBF 130-pound crown. The 22-year-old made his first title
defense in style when he went to London and stopped Liam Walsh in May. Both bouts aired live on SHOWTIME.  Representing Baltimore, Davis won the 2012 National Golden Gloves championship and scored knockouts in his first eight fights after turning pro in 2013.
He enters this matchup on a streak of nine-straight fights that have ended with a knockout victory.


“I’m really excited to fight as the co-main event on the biggest card in combat sports history,” said Davis. “I plan to put on a great show for everyone in attendance in Las Vegas and for those who purchase
the PPV. I want to thank my team for this incredible opportunity. I’m ready for Floyd Mayweather to pass his torch to me. To my fans, I appreciate all of you. Support me and I’ll fight for you!”


Fighting out of San Ramon, Costa Rica, Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) has won 19 straight fights after turning pro with a majority draw in 2013. Fonseca quickly established himself as one of the top fighters from
his country with victory after victory, including a fourth-round knockout of Luis Gonzlaez to capture a regional 130-pound belt last August. The 23-year-old will make his U.S. debut when he faces Davis and he enters this contest having won his last five bouts
inside of the distance. Fonseca began his 2017 with a third round knockout of Eliecer Lanzas in March and is trained by two-time world champion Ivan Calderon.


“I am super grateful for this great opportunity,” said Fonseca. “The dream of every young boxer is to fight for the world title and this opportunity comes at the best moment
of my career and in the biggest in the history of this sport. I will beat Gervonta Davis and I will shock the world that night.” 


Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack – WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship


A two-time world champion at light heavyweight, Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) bounced back from a defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in a 2015 Fight of the Year contender to defeat hometown champ Juergen Braehmer last October
to pick up his WBA title. Cleverly’s previous title reign saw him take down the likes of Tony Bellew, Nadjib Mohammedi, Shawn Hawk and Tommy Karpency before dropping a contest to Sergey Kovalev. The Wales resident will make his fourth start in the U.S., having
won two of his first three contests stateside.


“This is a fight I have wanted ever since Badou Jack moved to light heavyweight and I’m delighted to fight in Vegas on an event like this,” said Cleverly. “I’ve trained long
and hard for this fight and I’m ready to be let off the leash. This is the biggest fight of my career so far and I’m going to do a number on Badou Jack on August 26.”


Now fighting in the 175-pound division, Jack’s final fight at 168 pounds came in a title unification on SHOWTIME in January against James DeGale.  Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs) shook off an early knockdown to floor
DeGale in the final round in a close majority draw in which both fighters retained their belts. The 2008 Olympian from Gambia won his world title in 2015 by defeating then unbeaten Anthony Dirrell and defended the belt against current champion George Groves
and former champion Lucian Bute. The 33-year-old is unbeaten in his last six bouts as he seeks a world title in a second weight class.


“I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m excited about getting another shot at a world title,” said Jack. “To be a part of this event and fighting on this card is historic. Nothing
beats it. I’m excited to get back in the ring. I’m getting ready to take that belt, and win a title in my second weight class. The biggest difference between past training camps and preparing for this fight is the fact that I was training to get the weight
down, now I’m training to build muscle and perfect my boxing strategy. This will be a tough fight, but I don’t see any issues getting through it. I feel confident and fans can expect a win by knockout or decision. He’s not leaving with that belt. It’s staying
right here in Las Vegas.”


Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham – 10 Round Cruiserweight Bout


Originally from Chicago but fighting out of Las Vegas, Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) recorded victories against previously unbeaten fighters Keith Tapia and Quantis Graves in his last two outings – both on
ShoBox: The New Generation – as he works to solidify himself as a contender in the red hot cruiserweight division. The 27-year-old turned pro in 2013 after amassing a solid 32-6 amateur record and scored knockout victories in his first 10 fights. He’ll
battle his most experienced opponent to date when he faces the multiple-time champion Cunningham.


“I’ve always been dedicated when it comes to training and this camp has been no different,” said Tabiti. “I know I am fighting a veteran who has a lot of experience, so I can’t slack on my conditioning
and training. He’s tough and he’s only been stopped once and that was when he moved up in weight to heavyweight, so it would be a big statement for me to stop him. This fight is a test for me. Anytime you get in the ring you never really know how things will
pan out, but I have a great team. To the fans, expect a victory and a great fight on August 26th because I am going to make sure I come out on top.”


Representing the great fight city of Philadelphia, Cunningham
(29-8-1, 13 KOs) returned to action in March with a victory over Felipe Romero after an exciting challenge of cruiserweight champion Krzysztof
Glowacki in April 2016. Twice a world champion as a cruiserweight, he defeated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in 2006 to capture his belt before successfully defending his title against Marco Huck via a twelfth-round TKO. He became a world champion again in 2010 when
he stopped Troy Ross in the fifth round. The experienced veteran also owns victories over previously unbeaten fighters Amir Mansour and Natu Visinia and scored a knockdown of Tyson Fury in a losing effort during their 2013 bout.


“This is one of the biggest cards of the decade and its mind blowing to be a part of it,” said Cunningham. “I have to top it off with a victory. Taking on a good, undefeated young prospect is a challenge in itself,
but a victory will prove age is just a number. Hard work is a part of my everyday life.”

Closed Circuit Tickets Available Now for Floyd Mayweather vs.Conor McGregor Showdown Saturday, Aug. 26

Closed Circuit Tickets Available Now for Floyd Mayweather vs.

Conor McGregor Showdown Saturday, Aug. 26


Closed Circuit Locations Available at MGM Resorts International Properties Along The Strip


LAS VEGAS (August 2, 2017) – Closed circuit tickets for the blockbuster summer matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are available ahead of the Saturday, Aug. 26 SHOWTIME PPV® event taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


Tickets for the Mayweather vs. McGregor closed circuit telecast at ARIA Resort & Casino, Bellagio Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino,
The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino and Excalibur Hotel & Casino are priced at $150, not including applicable fees and are now on sale. Party Packages including food & beverage options also are available at select viewing locations beginning at $99. To purchase closed circuit package tickets at ARIA, Bellagio and MGM Grand call 
Tickets for all other locations may be purchased online at 
ticketmaster.com, in-person at any MGM Resorts International Box Office or by phone with a major credit card at 1-800-745-3000.