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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Floyd Mayweather says he will stand ‘toe to toe’ with Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr is one of the best defensive fighters of all time, and that is one of the main reasons most people feel Conor McGregor has no chance against him. But what happens if Mayweather strays away from his typical fighting style?

Mayweather, who is looking to improve to a perfect 50-0 for his career, says his footwork is not what it used to be. Because of that, he insists he is not going to spend the entire Aug. 26 fight dancing around McGregor.

“He really wants to win bad, extremely bad. With other fighters, it plays out two ways when you’re facing Floyd Mayweather. You’ve got some guys that play it safe,” Mayweather explained, via BoxingScene.com. “You’ve got some guys like Maidana that go straight for the kill. He’s going to come out and go for the kill like Mayweather-Maidana I. He’s going to come out and go for the kill. He’s a heavy hitter, so I’ve got to be cautious. Remember, I’m older, so I can’t move like I used to move, so it’s basically going to be a toe-to-toe battle.”

Is Mayweather trying to say he’s going to trade haymakers for a change? We’ll believe it when we see it.

“He’s upset,” Mayweather said of McGregor. “I’ve seen it before. When these fighters get upset with me, they come out like they’re going to try and kill me. My job is to do what I do, just keep my composure.”

McGregor isn’t a boxer, so the last thing Mayweather should be thinking about is trading blows. The only way McGregor can win is if he knocks Mayweather out relatively early on. No matter how many jerseys McGregor wears to troll him, Mayweather needs to resist the urge to stray away from what has worked for him over a 49-fight career.

In reality, Mayweather is just trying to build as much anticipation as possible for the bout. He’s not going to suddenly start fighting like Mike Tyson.

Conor McGregor wears CJ Watson jersey to troll Floyd Mayweather

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Conor McGregor is getting more and more creative with his trolling of Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Draymond Green is now offering his two cents.

Over the weekend, McGregor was photographed wearing a throwback No. 23 Golden State Warriors jersey. That number is currently worn by Green, who wrote on Instagram that the Warriors support Mayweather and told McGregor to take the jersey off.

We rocking with Floyd bro not you… take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma

A post shared by Draymond Green (@money23green) on

McGregor fired back at Green, noting that he was wearing the jersey because he wanted to rep former Warriors point guard C.J. Watson.

So why Watson? Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s children, accused the undefeated boxer of domestic violence several years back. In a USA Today feature, she described how Mayweather got physical with her after he discovered text messages that were exchanged between Harris and Watson.

Harris says she awoke with Mayweather screaming and grabbing her hair. She says he’d read affectionate text messages between her and NBA basketball player C.J. Watson, described in her book draft as her “summer love.” Watson now plays for the Indiana Pacers. Efforts to reach him through the team were unsuccessful.

Green probably didn’t know the backstory, but he should have assumed the jersey had something to do with trolling Mayweather if he watched any of the ridiculous shots McGregor and Mayweather took at each other last week. With a month to go until the big fight, that won’t be the last of McGregor’s antics.

UFC denies that Brock Lesnar has re-entered drug testing pool

Brock Lesnar

Despite recent reports indicating otherwise, Brock Lesnar has not begun the process of making himself eligible for a UFC return.

Lesnar was suspended one year retroactive to July 15, 2016 after he failed multiple drug tests for his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC 200. The heavyweight told the UFC he was retiring back in February, but some rumors popped up earlier in the week about Lesnar re-entering the drug testing pool to prepare for a UFC comeback.

UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky, who oversees the drug testing program, said there is no truth to that.

“(Lesnar) is not currently enrolled in the USADA testing pool, nor has there been any inquiry on his part to do so,” Novitzky said, via John Morgan of MMAFighting.com.

Lesnar’s fight against Hunt last year came after a five-year absence from MMA competition. He defeated Hunt but had the decision overturned after he tested positive for PEDs twice.

Lesnar is currently the WWE’s Universal Champion, and there were some rumors claiming he is going to lose that belt at “SummerSlam” next month to position himself for a UFC return. Lesnar would need to make himself available for drug testing for six months before being eligible to return to the UFC, so another comeback seems unlikely if he has not re-entered the program.

We already know what one fellow heavyweight thinks of Lesnar’s chances to make a UFC return. The 40-year-old’s MMA career may finally be over.

Brock Lesnar rumored to make UFC return by end of year

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Brock Lesnar is an absolute physical monster. At a lean 6’3″, 286, Lesnar has competed in professional wrestling, football, and MMA. Joe Rogan has posited that Lesnar, if he had started MMA earlier in life, could have been the best heavyweight in UFC history.

After being fined and suspended from the UFC for one year, Lesnar’s return may be imminent. Though he reportedly told the UFC he was retiring earlier this year, rumor has it he may return for another fight by the end of the year.

Lesnar reportedly met with Paul Heyman, his manager, and UFC higher-ups in Las Vegas during International Fight Week.

The speculation is that Lesnar would return for the UFC’s visit to Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 4. It’s a major venue, and Lesnar is a huge star; it would make sense.

Talk MMA stated multiple sources have said Lesnar is back in the USADA testing pool.

Wrestling Observer confirmed Lesnar is back in the testing pool but stated he could not fight until mid-December, per the timing of his suspension.

So, could this really happen? Ariel Helwani says a deal is “not remotely close.” So don’t get your hopes up yet.

Vegas expects Mayweather-McGregor betting to be ‘bigger than the Super Bowl’

Fights — especially fights that take place in Las Vegas — and gambling go hand in hand. It was expected that the upcoming crossover bout between Floyd Mayweather, the boxing legend, and Conor McGregor, the UFC’s golden boy, would draw quite a betting pool.

According to Kevin Bradley, the manager of online sportsbook Bovada, the amount of wagers placed on Mayweather-McGregor could surpass even the most optimistic of predictions. Bradley is confident this will be the biggest sporting event of the year.

“We knew this fight would be big, potentially even bigger than the Super Bowl, but now we are almost certain it will be,” Bradley told Yahoo! Sports. “The recent trash talking and promotional tour is only encouraging bets and at this rate we cannot even imagine how much we will take on it.”

So, how much money was wagered on the Super Bowl? Estimates place that figure at $4.7 billion — with a B.

Yes — it’s plausible that the Mayweather-McGregor fight could draw more than $5 billion in wagers.

Mayweather, naturally, is the heavy favorite, but fans have placed many bets on McGregor because of the odds placed against him.

“One thing is for sure though, we will need Mayweather huge,” Bradley said. “A McGregor early round KO as he promised would be a potential disaster, and is partly a reason we are giving a great price on Mayweather at the moment.”

McGregor is currently a 4-to-1 underdog, per Bovada. The fight will take place Aug. 26.

Floyd Mayweather says Conor McGregor called him a ‘monkey’

Floyd Mayweather Jr crossed the line during a joint media event with Conor McGregor on Thursday when he hurled a gay slur at the Irishman, but Mayweather says he was acting out in anger after McGregor used a racist term.

Mayweather and McGregor visited four cities in three different countries over a four-day span to hype their upcoming Aug. 26 fight, and they created plenty of controversy along the way. Floyd has been under fire for using a homophobic slang in London, but a representative for the undefeated boxer told TMZ Mayweather did not mean to disrespect the LGBTQ community.

“The reason Floyd called Conor the F word is because Conor called Floyd a monkey,” the rep said. “Floyd has nothing against gays or lesbians at all … Floyd has them on his staff. Floyd has nothing but the utmost respect for gays and lesbians.”

The “monkey” remark supposedly happened when McGregor was not holding a microphone. It’s unclear if Mayweather is referring to when McGregor called one of Floyd’s bodyguards a “juicehead monkey.”

McGregor was accused of being racist toward Mayweather earlier in the week when he told his opponent to “dance for me, boy.” The UFC fighter later responded to those allegations with a very inappropriate joke.

Floyd Mayweather screams homophobic slur at Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor continued their hype tour on Friday for their upcoming fight, and once again the two fighters managed to create plenty of controversy.

This time, it was Mayweather who captured the biggest headline by screaming a homophobic slur at McGregor when it was his turn to talk. The video below contains inappropriate language, obviously:

McGregor’s most notable moment came when he rubbed Mayweather’s bald head:

There’s still more than a month remaining until Mayweather and McGregor will climb into the ring together, and the two fighters know exactly what they’re doing. Their only goal is creating as much buzz as possible — no matter how many people they offend along the way.

McGregor used a phrase during the first two media events this week that many felt was racist in nature (video here). As you might expect, Mayweather doesn’t seem concerned about it. The goal for both making money and lots of it.

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