The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor World Tour in 10 Quotes – Bleacher Report

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    The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor world tour wrapped up on Friday afternoon, and it was an absolute roller coaster. 

    There were vicious one-liners, then there were head-shaking flops. There were memorable sights, then there was silly peacocking. There were tense moments between the two men, then there moments where the absurdity of all this shined through.

    It was a war of words that had high highs and some low lows but delivered a number of memorable moments along the way. That makes it worth commemorating the last week by focusing in on what was heard, rather than what was seen.

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    Floyd Mayweather holding up a nine-figure check on the first day of the World Tour.

    Floyd Mayweather holding up a nine-figure check on the first day of the World Tour.Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

    Day 1: “He look good for a seven-figure fighter. He look good for an eight-figure fighter. But I’m a nine-figure fighter.” -Floyd Mayweather on Conor McGregor’s earnings.

    To the surprise of nobody, money was the theme of the Mayweather vs. McGregor world tour. Who has it. Who doesn’t. On and on.

    Despite his recent financial troubles, Mayweather still found himself in a clear position of strength over McGregor in this regard. The reason? Mayweather has taken home more for single fights than McGregor has earned in his entire career.

    McGregor isn’t afraid to “go there,” and there are plenty of places to go when it comes to Mayweather. When it comes to earnings, though, there wasn’t anything he could say.

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    Mayweather displayed quick wits when McGregor began wisecracking about his taxes.

    Mayweather displayed quick wits when McGregor began wisecracking about his taxes.GENE BLEVINS/Getty Images

    Day 1: “You right, I’m the IRS and I’m gonna tax your ass.” -Mayweather reacting to McGregor’s quips about his tax situation.

    Conor McGregor got a gift from the heavens before the tour when news broke that the Internal Revenue Service was breathing down Floyd Mayweather’s neck. Is Mayweather in any kind of serious trouble? Is he going from rags to riches and back to rags, a la Terrell Owens and Mike Tyson?

    Maybe, maybe not, but when the topic came up on the first day of the presser, Mayweather was quick to shut it down. When McGregor quipped that a $100 million check in the boxer’s possession was destined to go to the “tax man,” Mayweather showed off uncharacteristically quick wits by turning things around on him and saying that he is the tax man.

    McGregor fired back with a “you’re not gonna do s–t,” but it was a mic drop moment from Mayweather, and it basically sealed his place as the winner of the first day’s festivities. That said, Tuesday’s action didn’t stop after the staredown…

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    McGregor made the elder Floyd Mayweather look foolish during his media scrum.

    McGregor made the elder Floyd Mayweather look foolish during his media scrum.Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

    Day 1: “If he disrespects me during this tour…maybe I might just bounce an elbow off of his eyebrow.” -Conor McGregor to Floyd Mayweather Sr. after the Los Angeles press event.

    There are a lot of “what if” questions when it comes to this match, but one of the biggest is “what if Conor McGregor does something against the rules?”

    Granted, it’s a somewhat silly discussion. If McGregor was willing to flagrantly violate the rules of any contest, what was stopping him from doing so in MMA? If he is willing to haul off and shoot for a single-leg takedown on Mayweather, why didn’t he try to headbutt his way out of a loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196?

    Still, it’s a topic that just won’t die, and when Floyd Mayweather Sr. crashed McGregor’s Tuesday media scrum and brought it up, McGregor used it to throw him, and maybe Floyd Jr., for a loop.

    Discussing how there was nothing actually stopping him from bringing his MMA techniques into the boxing ring, McGregor made one thing clear. At any moment, he could throw a kick, sneak in an elbow in the clinch or take him down.

    McGregor may win or lose a boxing match…but it only stays a boxing match as long as he feels like it. And as soon as it stops being a boxing match? Mayweather is nothing.

    Again, don’t expect McGregor to do anything illegal, but feel free to keep daydreaming about it!

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    Conor McGregor stole the show in Toronto.

    Conor McGregor stole the show in Toronto.Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

    Day 2: “Boo!” -The Toronto crowd to Floyd Mayweather

    A running theme throughout the tour was Mayweather being raucously booed by the fans. While there were pockets of Mayweather supporters in the other cities, Toronto seemed to be unanimously on the side of McGregor.

    Every time the Irishman appeared on screen? Loud applause. Every time Mayweather appeared on screen? Vicious jeers.

    And that was just the beginning. As the show progressed, Stephen Espinoza and Leonard Ellerbe were met with the same savagery. Chants of “U-F-C” and “Pay your taxes” erupted in as though it was a WWE event. “Ole, ole, ole, ole” rang out sporadically from start to finish.

    Mayweather laughed most of it off, but there is no greater testament to McGregor’s skills on the microphone than that afternoon in Canada. The fighter had the 15,000-person crowd eating out of the palm of his hand in a way no other athlete could.

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