UFC star Conor McGregor knows how to make an entrance.
Just days away from his boxing debut on Saturday, when he takes on Floyd Mayweather, McGregor made his presence felt at the ‘Grand Arrivals’ on Tuesday evening.
Outside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, McGregor was confronted by an angry former sparring partner and mobbed by the media, before warning Mayweather he will “badly hurt him” this weekend.
Angry former sparring partner
To help prepare for Mayweather, Team McGregor employed former two-time world champion boxer Paul Malignaggi as a sparring partner.
The retired boxer started training with McGregor earlier this month but quit the camp after a matter of days because he felt exploited over leaked photos that appeared to show Malignaggi getting beaten up.
Malignaggi, a commentator for Showtime in the United States and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, has since gone rogue as he broke a golden rule of boxing by revealing McGregor’s weaknesses.
On Tuesday, he needed no second invitation to confront McGregor’s team in Las Vegas. Malignaggi repeatedly called McGregor a “b****,” a “p****,” and told him to “bring his balls.”
McGregor, in contrast to an angry former training partner, remained relatively cool.
Mobbed by the media
Approximately 1,000 media members have received accreditation for the Mayweather v McGregor event and many will set up shop at a purpose-built press tent near the T-Mobile Arena.
When Mayweather made his entrance at the ‘Grand Arrival,’ he was greeted by a chorus of boos from fans. McGregor, the crowd favourite, signed autographs and fist-bumped his supporters.
McGregor’s entrance was a slow one as he was mobbed by photographers, camera operators, and journalists.
When McGregor got to the stage, he vowed to knock Mayweather out. “He needs to be put to sleep. He will wake up a better man. I am going to do that for him.”
He also said he would “crumble” Mayweather, who is unbeaten in 49 professional contests. “I have adapted perfectly to boxing, I am very pleased and ready,” he added.
“I’m a special man, I will prove that August 26, this will go one or two rounds, maybe I will bang him out and badly hurt him. I will decide whether I embarrass or seriously hurt him.”
You can watch a recap of the ‘Grand Arrivals’ right here.
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