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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Conor McGregor thinks Mayweather will need to fight him again due to spending habits

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Conor McGregor thinks he could end up facing Floyd Mayweather in the ring again.

McGregor held a Q&A at a fan event in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday and spoke about his future. The Irishman was his typical cocky self, saying that he thought he could beat Mayweather in a boxing rematch.

McGregor said he thinks the fight could happen again because he believes Floyd would need the money due to his spending habits and alleged tax problems.

Keep in mind that Mayweather is now claiming to be a billionaire, so McGregor’s comments might not be too accurate.

McGregor also said he is open to fighting in the UFC this year, though Dana White says that won’t happen until 2018. McGregor said a fight with Georges St-Pierre would be a money fight, but the issue is he thinks Michael Bisping will beat GSP first. Maybe a fight with Nate Diaz in 2018 will be next on the agenda for McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather shows off sick movie theater in new mansion

Floyd Mayweather money

Floyd Mayweather has been showing off his new mansion on social media this week, and the casa is impressive.

The famous boxer purchased a mansion in Beverly Hills for $26 million, TMZ reported last week. The home has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and features a guest house and swimming pool.

One of the coolest parts of the home is the incredible movie theater. Mayweather showed it off in a video posted on Instagram this week. He says it comfortably seats about 50 — and appears to be stocked with enough candy for that many too:

Grabbing a few snacks before watching Sportscenter in my Beverly Hills Palace movie theatre, that comfortably seats 50 people.

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He also has a wine cellar:

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Floyd Mayweather credits McGregor for having ‘solid’ punching power

Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr. had some praise for Conor McGregor after defeating the Irishman in their boxing match on Saturday in Las Vegas.

After his 10th-round TKO win over McGregor, Mayweather acknowledged that the UFC champ has “solid” punching power.

“As far as his punching power – he’s solid. I’ve felt it before, so that’s why I kept coming straight ahead,” Mayweather said after the fight, via MMA Junkie. “Obviously, it wasn’t the type of power to say, ‘I can’t come forward.’ Because if it were that type of power, I wouldn’t have come forward.”

All things considered, McGregor had a good showing in the fight. He won the first few rounds largely because of his activity, but he also prevented Mayweather from getting comfortable.

McGregor didn’t do much damage against Floyd, but he certainly showed he belonged in the ring. If he pursued a boxing career, he would be a legitimate force. Even Mayweather’s word seems to recognize that.

Fan gets funny Floyd Mayweather tattoo after losing bet on McGregor

Floyd Mayweather tattoo bet

Grayson Gregory is not exactly a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fan, but he will be linked — and inked — to the fighter for the rest of his life. That’s because the 31-year-old on Monday got a tattoo on his leg of Mayweather’s face to pay off a lost bet.

Gregory, who runs operations for a social media marketing company, bet a co-worker last month that Conor McGregor would beat Mayweather during their boxing match in Las Vegas on Saturday. The terms of the bet dictated that the loser had to get a tattoo of the victorious fighter.

Here’s the result for Gregory:

That tattoo appears on Gregory’s left shin nearby his other leg tattoo. He now has 7-8 tattoos total, he estimates, including nearly a sleeve on his arm.

So how did the tattoo bet come about?

Gregory says he was sitting around in his office with his business partner 5-6 weeks ago talking about the fight. Gregory is a big MMA fan and was so confident “in Conor’s belief that he could win,” that he was convinced to make the tattoo wager, he told Larry Brown Sports over the phone Monday.

Gregory bought into McGregor’s confidence so much that he took a straight-up wager even though McGregor was viewed as a heavy underdog entering what was his first professional boxing fight.

He doesn’t regret making a straight up bet, though he now cheerfully acknowledges that he was full of “pure bravado” and “just being an idiot with it” when he made the wager.

Gregory admits he was “nervous” before the fight began, knowing what was at stake.

Even as the fight was progressing and McGregor was showing signs of losing, Gregory still opted not to back out. The man with whom he made his wager offered him the chance to buy his way out of the bet for $250, but Gregory declined. By that point, he figured he would “ride or die” with his choice.

McGregor put on a respectable showing but lost via 10th-round TKO to Mayweather.

Less than 48 hours later, Gregory didn’t want to “chicken out” in his words, so he made the call to set up his tattoo appointment. He got the work done by Kenny Herring at Heritage Tattoo in Temecula, Calif. on Monday, with the cost of the tattoo being split evenly by Gregory and the winner of the bet.

Does he regret the bet and going through with the tattoo?

“Not at all,” Gregory told LBS. “I’ve been giggling ever since I did it.”

And even though he says he wears shorts a lot — exposing his Mayweather tattoo and the funny story behind it — Gregory says he will not cover up the ink. He also says he wouldn’t be afraid to put a tattoo on the line in a future bet, acknowledging that this “kind of opened up the floodgates.”

Gregory, who hosts the Prove Me Wrong Podcast, says he felt McGregor did well despite the loss.

“I thought he held himself very well. As a UFC fan, I felt we had a lot riding on in it,” Gregory said. “Granted we wanted him to win, but he wasn’t knocked out. All sides kind of won on it.”

Gregory hopes that McGregor will choose to fight Nate Diaz next in what would be the third fight between the men. For his sake, let’s hope Gregory doesn’t end up with a portrait of Diaz tattooed on his other leg after that one.

NY Times corrects article that made Conor McGregor look bad

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Though Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by 10th-round TKO on Saturday night in Las Vegas, most believe the MMA fighter gave a respectable performance in the ring against one of the best boxers of all time. But if you had read the New York Times’ live blog account of the fight, you would have thought McGregor lost in much more convincing fashion compared to what actually happened.

McGregor came out throwing punches and won the first few rounds of the bout by most accounts. After several rounds, the UFC champ began losing steam and was picked apart by the more experienced, more accomplished Mayweather.

The fight was stopped in the 10th after Mayweather was peppering McGregor with punches, while the Irishman was hardly able to defend himself — a sound reason for the referee to step in and end the fight.

But in their “Highlights from every Round” piece on the fight, the New York Times’ John Eligon and Victor Mather oddly exaggerated what happened, leading them to eventually make corrections to their piece.

Their original version of the article said McGregor’s face was “completely bloodied” just before the stoppage — which was completely false. They also said McGregor “was about to fall through the ropes,” which also was an inaccurate account of what happened.

This screenshot shows both the original and corrected versions of the story:

Even in their correction, the Times omitted that they changed the part about McGregor being close to falling through the ropes, only noting their fix about him being bloodied.

Commentary and analysis like that makes one wonder what fight their writers were even watching, and it does a disservice to McGregor, who was much more competitive in the fight than the Times’ account would have you believe.

McGregor on Mayweather after fight: ‘I turned him into a Mexican tonight’

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At long last, the epic fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is in the books. It was fun while it lasted.

The fight ended as expected, with Mayweather defeating McGregor via technical knockout. McGregor performed better than expected, though, and even claimed a few early rounds.

There’s a case to made that the fight should not have been stopped when it was. Based on social media response, he earned the respect of many viewers.

Though McGregor took a loss, he didn’t lose his personality. The Irish mixed martial artist still had something controversial to say after the fight.

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Floyd Mayweather defeats Conor McGregor with 10th-round knockout

Floyd Mayweather is a boxing legend, and he entered his fight against Conor McGregor with a 49-0 professional boxing record. Naturally, Mayweather was the heavy favorite in his bout with McGregor, who had never competed in a professional boxing match.

Though McGregor performed better than many expected, Mayweather pulled away as the fight went on, and he claimed victory with a technical knockout in round 10.

McGregor looked gassed in the later rounds, and Mayweather really took over in rounds nine and 10, as it became evident it was not a matter of if but when Mayweather would knock McGregor out. After forcing the tired UFC star to the middle of the ring to fight, Mayweather got McGregor’s back against the ropes before knocking him out.

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