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Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Floyd Mayweather ‘partying the entire week’ before Conor McGregor fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr has one of the most important fights of his career coming up in a week, but that is not going to stop him from aggressively promoting his new strip club.

On Thursday night, Mayweather invited fans to join him at his club Girl Collection, where he says he will be hanging out and “partying” every night until the Monday after his bout with Conor McGregor.

Mayweather is obviously confident he can beat McGregor, and showcasing that is all part of his image. We highly doubt he’s going to be drinking heavily and waking up with a hangover every morning for the next week. Getting people to his club is the goal, and capitalizing on the hype of the fight is just smart business.

With some of the numbers we have already seen thrown around, it’s clear the Mayweather-McGregor fight has the potential to be the biggest pay-per-view event of all time.

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Dana White: Mayweather-McGregor on track to be biggest PPV ever

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Skeptics may be viewing the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight as a spectacle, but that’s not stopping the fight from potentially becoming the biggest pay-per-view bout in history.

UFC president Dana White spoke on a conference call with the media Wednesday about the fight. On the call, White said that the fight is tracking to be the biggest ever on pay-per-view.

Mayweather’s 2016 fight with Manny Pacquiao set a record with 4.6 million pay-per-view buys. That fight included two of the biggest names in boxing and finally brought together two fighters the fans had been dying to see face each other in the ring for years. McGregor comes from a different sport and has a massive fan base, so when you combine his drawing power in MMA with Floyd’s in boxing, it’s no surprise that this thing could do five million buys.

The fight also received an interesting twist on Wednesday when the Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously to allow the two men to box in 8-ounce gloves.

The state’s typical rules necessitate 10-ounce gloves for fights taking place at 147 pounds or above. Mayweather and McGregor are fighting at a weight limit of 154 pounds, but they petitioned the commission for a waiver to allow them to fight with the 8-ounce gloves. The commission approved the one-time waiver via a 5-0 vote on Wednesday.

Financial terms of the fight have not been disclosed. However, Mayweather has talked about making in the $300 million range for the fight, while McGregor has talked about making around $100 million.

Paulie Malignaggi blasts Dana White over McGregor footage

Paulie Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi has essentially declared war on Conor McGregor and his team, and that war extended to Dana White recently.

Malignaggi has been on a rampage ever since leaving his role as a sparring partner for McGregor a week and a half ago.

Malignaggi, a former boxing champion, went to Las Vegas to help McGregor train for his Aug. 26 bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. But he grew upset over the many ways he felt McGregor’s people used him as a pawn in a marketing game. He blasted White after feeling the UFC boss was doing the same thing.

On Friday night, White shared footage from McGregor’s sparring session with Malignaggi. Sharing the videos was a clear attempt by White to legitimize McGregor as a boxing opponent for Mayweather.

Here are the clips:

Malignaggi, who had been screaming for footage of the entire sparring to be released, had his complaints about the videos shared by White.

Malignaggi claims the videos are heavily edited to make McGregor look good. He says they represent what he’s said all along, that McGregor won two rounds in their sparring session (the 11th and 12th) and that’s where the footage comes from. He also insists he was pushed down by McGregor, not knocked down in the clip where he hits the canvas.

Malignaggi also sent a tweet to White in which he called the UFC boss many names and accused him of being two-faced.

There has been so much beef between Malignaggi and McGregor that many are calling for those two to fight next. Honestly, that might be an even more entertaining boxing match.

Photo: Flickr/Chamber of Fear

Conor McGregor says he will make around $100 million from Floyd Mayweather fight

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is already talking about the cash he’s going to rack up from his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor said Friday that he’s going to get a cut of virtually everything as part of the fight, and he expects to pull in three figures when all is said and done.

We don’t really have a clear idea of how much these guys will bank from a fight like this, though Mayweather has floated an even higher figure in discussing this. It’s going to be a huge payday for both fighters, though, there is no doubt about that.

Paulie Malignaggi blasts ‘dirtbag’ Conor McGregor

Paulie Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi continues to land blows at Conor McGregor long after their sparring sessions ended.

Malignaggi, a former world champion boxer, was brought in as a sparring partner to help McGregor prepare for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Malignaggi left camp last week after having issues. He complained about a photo that McGregor’s team leaked on social media, as well as a few other things, leading to his departure.

This week he continues to lob shots at the UFC champion.

“This guy is one of the biggest dirtbags I’ve ever met in my life – bar none,” Malignaggi said on The MMA Hour MOnday. “I was amazed at what a dirtbag this person is. I don’t care if we never speak again. My life is fine if I never see Conor McGregor again.

Malignaggi didn’t like being used by McGregor as a tool to make the Irishman look better. Malignaggi said he wanted to help McGregor improve as a fighter, not get used and belittled by McGregor in order to build up the MMA champ’s profile.

Malignaggi also complained that McGregor’s camp was cheap with their accommodations for the fighters.

“I never tried to make things difficult for them, but I assumed things would be on a moderate living conditions. They really weren’t,” Malignaggi told FOX 5 in New York. “A little on the cheap side, like I said. I put it like this, I’ve never been part of a 100 million dollar fight, but I’ve been part of multiple fights where there’s been million dollar purses in there. So once you’ve been part of 7 and 8 figure purses — 9 figures in this case — you understand how to treat this training camp and how to properly budget it without being too cheap, but without overspending. There’s people involved, and there’s a team involved, and you need to take care of them too.”

Malignaggi is used to hiring sparring partners to help him prepare for fights, rather than the other way around. Settling into this role is probably a big adjustment for him, meaning he won’t take the kind of others might have.

Photo: Flickr/Chamber of Fear

Kristaps Porzingis has been studying Conor McGregor’s mental game

Kristaps Porzingis

Regardless of how you feel about Conor McGregor – and, to be sure, people usually only either love or hate him – you can’t deny the man is mentally strong. He believes in himself with unshakeable confidence.

Athletes are human, and they aren’t immune to the self-doubts you and I feel. McGregor’s unwavering self-belief is admirable.

It’s something a lot of athletes could learn from. This offseason, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has been studying McGregor’s mentality.

“I’m still 22 and still really young but I’m trying to learn as much as I can on the court, and trying to learn as much as I can off the court as well,” Porzingis told NBA.com. “I want to improve the mental side. I’m actually amazed by Conor McGregor. I’ve been watching so many of his videos, trash talking, how mentally strong he is. I’ve been really interested in that kind of stuff.”

Though McGregor is known for his vicious trash-talking, it’s unlikely Porzingis is dying to become a motor mouth on the court. The Latvian unicorn was probably referring more so to McGregor’s self-assurance and belief in his ability to achieve his goals.

Porzingis may be watching videos like the one below.

Paulie Malignaggi leaves Conor McGregor’s training camp amid controversy

Paulie Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi announced on Instagram Thursday night that he is leaving the Conor McGregor training camp because he is unhappy with the way a few things went down.

In his Instagram post, Malignaggi says “some of the stuff outside the ring” and some of the things that happened inside the camp led him to leave.

Malignaggi is a recently retired former world champion boxer who now works as a commentator for Showtime.

He was asked to fly across the country on Monday to Las Vegas for a 12-round sparring session with McGregor on Tuesday to help the UFC champion prepare for his Aug. 26 bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Malignaggi has since said he felt set up by McGregor’s camp, noting that he was asked to do 12 rounds right after flying across the country. He also complained that he was told what was going to be a private workout ended up being attended by Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.

But the real kicker for Malignaggi appears to be photos that were posted to a McGregor fan account on Twitter that make it seem like Malignaggi was knocked down by McGregor.

Malignaggi is confident the photo was leaked by McGregor’s camp, and he’s not happy about the way it portrays him considering he says he was pushed down.

Combining the photo matter with Malignaggi already feeling setup by McGregor’s camp, and it’s no surprise he has decided to walk away. Malignaggi is a boxer who is used to being the star, not someone used to being used as a prop by the star.

Photo: Flickr/Chamber of Fear

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