The Mayweather/McGregor Fight Week Circus Officially Begins

Well folks, the time has come. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor officially kicked off their historic fight week events on Tuesday with grand arrivals at the Toshiba Plaza ahead of their pay-per-view event this Saturday, Aug. 26 taking place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Fighters were greeted by fans at the Toshiba Plaza before making brief remarks onstage.

When theres a fight of this magnitude, its all about keeping composure and thats what I do,” said Mayweather. “I go out there and do my job and let the rest take care of itself. This is huge, the numbers that weve been hearing about, theyve been crazy.”

Fan have been reeled in from the over-the-top May Mac World Tour that saw sell out crowds in Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn, and London for their pre-fight press conferences. 

“Floyd can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. He can talk any kind of trash he wants, because hes talking to the new God of boxing,” said McGregor.

The four-part All Access series aired on Showtime over the past four weeks, baiting fans for the hype fest of a fight and revealed a mature and seemingly more relaxed Mayweather ahead of the bout. 

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McGregor, who has relocated his camp from his native Ireland to Las Vegas, has been in the headlines constantly for his sparring sessions with former boxing world champion and current Showtime color commentator, Paulie Malignaggi.

This is work. This is my job,” said Mayweather. “My job is to fight and compete against the best guys. You know when your body has had enough and this is it for me. I gave my word already about this being my last fight. Once I gave my word to my children, and once I gave my word to Al (Haymon), I knew this was it. What better way to go out than with a bang?”

The fight will undoubtedly bring in multitude of fans from Europe and across the globe who want to see if the MMA champion turned boxing neophyte will actually fulfill his prediction of knocking Mayweather out within four rounds. 

Since becoming a household name in MMA, McGregor has donned the moniker “Mystic Mac” for making good on his predictions in the cage.

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The Irish are rolling in and whenever we roll in, we take over. It was amazing to see all the Irish fans out today,” said McGregor. “Its going to be a great spectacle. If people are overlooking my size, power and youth, they shouldnt be. Im very confident in those attributes. I believe Ill knock him out early.”

Mayweather has also promised a knockout and stated multiple times that he’s not looking to out-finesse him for the scorecard win, as is his usual penchant as arguably the best defensive fighter ever.

Im doing this for myself and my family but I want to give everyone a great show,” said Mayweather. “Everyone deserves a good show. The Pacquiao fight wasnt exciting enough. That was on Pacquiao, but I have to give the fans a great show this time. 

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.