Twitter reaction from first Mayweather-McGregor world tour stop

Dana White had to step in and separate Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor when they went head-to-head after their speeches during their first press conference.

Before Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor throw jabs in the ring on Aug. 26, the two combat sports superstars traded verbal jabs Tuesday in Los Angeles on the first stop of a four-day, four-city world press tour—an event that will have TV censors waking up in a cold sweat.

McGregor, the biggest star the UFC has ever produced, took the stage at the Staples Center and vowed to do to Mayweather what none of the boxing icon’s previous 49 professional opponents could manage. Oh, he also made fun of his attire.

“He’s in a [expletive] track suit. He can’t even afford a suit anymore. He’s [expletive]. There’s no other way about it,” McGregor said. “His little legs and head. I’m gonna knock him out inside four rounds. Mark my words.

“He’ll be unconscious inside four rounds. The movement, the power, the ferociousness. He’s not experienced this. I don’t fear him. This limited set of rules is half a fight. If it was a real fight it would be over inside one round.”

Mayweather was in rare form, at one point taking out a $100,000,000 cheque from a backpack he had with him.

“He can look good for a seven-figure fighter. He can look good for an eight-figure fighter, but [expletive] I’m a nine-figure fighter. This [expletive] made $3 million his last fight. We know that’s training camp money for me,” said Mayweather, a man that owes $22.2 million in taxes from 2015.

“Mr. Tap-out likes to quit and you will wave that white flag and I guarantee it and you can pick which way you are going out. On your face or on your back. You just show up and I’ll do the rest.”

Overall, it was a memorable event with stops in Toronto, Brooklyn and London coming over the next three days.

At one point the two combatants were jawing at one another, but we could hear only Mayweather.

Here’s some more reaction to Tuesday’s spectacle.

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