Yes, even before the August 26th boxing bout was finalized, a lot of folks wondered how much McGregor would use the MMA angle to get under Mayweather’s skin. The idea being that unlike McGregor, Mayweather has never fought in a contest where submissions and takedowns, or even elbows, kicks and knees are allowed. So, while Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of all time, McGregor is one of the best MMA fighters of this generation, and could, in theory, cruise through the pugilist in a ‘real’ fight.
Well, while McGregor had his own media scrum yesterday in Los Angeles, it didn’t take him long to send a warning shot Mayweather’s way, in terms of using techniques, not allowed in boxing. Here is one example (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Tell him, as long as he speaks my name with respect, I will abide by the boxing rules,” McGregor said. “I’ll abide by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. Only if he speaks my name. If he disrespects me during this tour, during this build up, then maybe I might just bounce an elbow off his eyebrow. That’s on him how he does it.”
Then, when Floyd Mayweather Sr. crashed the media scrum, and starting tossing verbal shots McGregor’s way, the UFC champ fired back with this:
“If his head gets down low, I might just wrap it up in a strangle,” McGregor said. “You know it takes three seconds to sleep a man from a strangle? An untrained neck, not used to it, it takes two seconds. So if I wrap around his neck and strangle him, he will be asleep within two seconds. On the canvas in that ring. That’s quicker than it will take you to come into the ring. So be very, very respectful with how you speak my name.”
There you have it, and this was only on day one of the world media tour…