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Conor McGregor: Floyd Mayweather can't train for me without resurrecting Bruce Lee

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Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather and Bruce Lee. Now that’s an iconic trio.

You may have heard that Saturday, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will box Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in a crossover megafight pitting arguably MMA’s biggest current star against a boxing all-time great. The fight is expected to challenge for the title of the most lucrative combat sports bout of all time. It airs on pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

McGregor, the UFC’s lightweight champion, will be boxing for the first time as a professional. Not surprisingly, he has worked with a number of boxers to prepare for the differences between MMA the sport he’ll be trying on for size for what could earn him a nine-figure pay day.

But ahead of the megafight, McGregor said the only way his opponent could properly prepare for his style would be to resurrect a legendary martial artist from the dead.

“What other mixed martial artist is there like me?” McGregor said during an interview with his own website, TheMacLife.com. “He’d need to reincarnate Bruce Lee, and that would be the only person he could bring in that could mimic me with the way that I’m coming at him. I am not like any other mixed martial artist. I am not like any other boxer. I am in a league of my own, and I’ll prove that Aug. 26.”

Check out the video above for more from McGregor, including the benefits of spending much of his camp for Mayweather at the new UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas and the recent change to eight-ounce gloves from 10-ouncers for the fight.

And for more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor gets special hype video from The Killers

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The days are quickly winding down to the anticipated Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. That means the final push of promotional hype is gearing up.

The matchup between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view, is such a big event that its got its own music video from The Killers.

To the theme of the Las Vegas-based band’s recently released track “The Man,” Showtime Sports today revealed the special hype video for “The Money Fight.”

Watch it above.

Group members Ronnie Vvnnucci Jr. and Brandon Flowers also weighed in on Mayweather vs. McGregor, courtesy of a press release from Showtime Sports.

Ronnie Vannucci Jr.: “McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. It’s unprecedented, right? I mean two different schools, one ring.”

Brandon Flowers: “It sounds like an exciting movie in the 80s. It sounds like some movie, good premise. It’s exciting. It is surreal.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Could McGregor actually win? How the hype shifted to get us all to ask the same question

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If you asked me to pinpoint the moment that I went from being mostly annoyed to at least slightly awed with the build-up to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, I’d have to say that it was when my mom asked what size gloves they were going to fight in.

We hadn’t been talking about gloves. We hadn’t even been talking about the fight. She’s a 68-year-old woman who doesn’t follow combat sports apart from occasionally reading articles written by her son, and still she’d heard that there was some dispute about glove size and was curious how it had been resolved.

When I told her they’d decided on eight-ounce gloves, she replied: “Does that help McGregor?”

This, of course, is the question she was supposed to ask. That’s what the last few weeks have all been about. If you’ve been following the pre-fight headlines – and it would require a diligent, disciplined effort to avoid them – you might have noticed that there’s a recurring theme here.

The smaller gloves. The sparring footage. Mayweather’s admission that he’s “lost a step.” Mayweather’s claim that he’ll be “partying the entire week” leading up to the fight.

All the recent developments point in the same direction, and they’re all intended to get you to ask the same question: Could McGregor actually win this?

It’s a smart promotional strategy, but it also feels like a bit of a course-correction. Back in the time of the four-day world tour, which now feels like it was 15 years ago, the story was money, fame, and hate. At each stop the fighters told us how many millions they’d make, how important they were, and what a weak, no-account loser the other guy was.

Then someone realized that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to keep bragging about all that money, seeing as how it’s coming from us, the viewing public, and besides, you can only listen to two grown men call each other the same names for so long before you just feel embarrassed for both of them.

That was enough to grab a few headlines, especially when the material got more and more questionable, but it wasn’t going to be enough to sell us this fight. Not when the perceived skill gap was wide enough to drive a fleet of Mayweather’s Bentleys through. Not when people still remembered feeling fleeced by his expensive snoozefest against Manny Pacquiao in the last “fight of the century.”

To really sell this thing, they needed to convince us that McGregor has a chance – a good one, too, not just the lottery-ticket left hand with the odds stacked high against it. That’s a tough case to make when a guy who’s never had a boxing match goes up against one of the best to ever step through the ropes, and so making it requires a series of attacks on multiple fronts.

Convince us that the gloves favor McGregor. Convince us that he’s secretly a boxing genius behind closed doors. Convince us that Mayweather is too old and too arrogant to take it all seriously enough.

Sell us on a perfect storm of circumstances, the chance that the stars may align just a few days after the moon blocks out the sun. Get us to ask the question whose answer previously seemed too obvious to be interesting. At least it beats throwing money in the air and making fun of each other’s clothes.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather on why he's taking a bigger risk than Conor McGregor with 'The Money Fight'

On Aug. 26, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is going to step into a ring to meet one of the greatest boxers of a generation without having ever had a professional boxing match.

The payoff is certainly huge. Apart from the hefty payday, which could potentially reach the $100 million mark, McGregor has already catapulted his name to new heights just by making this seemingly impossible matchup happen at all. But considering he’s not only changing sports, but facing an exceptionally skilled opponent in the process, there are also a few risks associated with the move.

They range from public humiliation to actual bodily harm.

On the opposite corner of the ring, however, is Floyd Mayweather. And, though he may be the one theoretically in his comfort zone, he’s the one expected to win. He’s the one who built a name for himself in the sport in which they are competing.

And while he sees big rewards for both, Mayweather believes there’s one of them who has the most on the line with “The Money Fight.”

“I’m taking the bigger risk,” Mayweather said during a conference call ahead of the clash, which airs live on pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I have the 49-0 record. And when a fighter has lost before, if he loses again, it’s nothing. He lost before. But when a fighter has been dominating for 20-something years, never lost, everything is on the line.

“My legacy. My boxing record. Everything is on the line.”

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) is right: McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC)  has taken losses in his professional MMA career. The most recent one, a later-avenged UFC 196 second-round submission to Nate Diaz, has in fact been used as provocation fuel by Mayweather, himself, throughout the fight-promoting process.

But the recently un-retired Mayweather, who is adamant that this will be indeed his last fight, could be looking at one sour note to end his accomplished career. Not only that, he’ll have missed the chance to break the record that’s currently tied with Rocky Marciano – who retired with a 49-0 pro record.

Mayweather is clearly aware of the damage that a loss could cause. Which is not to say that he’s spending too much energy on the idea.

“That’s not really my focus,” Mayweather said. “Every day, I tell myself I’m a winner. I was born to be a winner at life – not just in the ring, but I was born to be a winner – so whatever I do, I try to give it a 100 percent, and I try to push myself to the limit.

“Like (Showtime Sports exec) Stephen (Espinoza) said – it’s all about taking risks. And I wouldn’t be where I’m at, if I didn’t take risks. So I don’t mind putting my 49-0 on the line. I don’t mind putting everything on the line for this fight. I feel like it’s worth it.”

If McGregor does manage to pull off the upset, though, it’s not like Mayweather is going to walk away empty-handed. Other than the obvious – a lot of money, that is – the boxing legend has already cemented his name his place in the very history of a sport.

Or is it two sports?

“I made a crazy name in the sport of boxing,” Mayweather said. “It’s crazy that – I’ve been working so hard throughout the years that I even have a big name in MMA also. Even though I never competed in MMA, I’m still a big name in MMA.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather is going to spend every night until 'The Money Fight' in a strip club

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In fairness, there are worse ways to spend an evening.

Undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) recently announced that he’s taking an unconventional approach to the final few days of preparation for his blockbuster matchup with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). Mayweather took to Instagram to reveal that he’ll spend every night at his Las Vegas strip club, Girl Collection.

“That’s right … I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at ‘GIRL COLLECTION!!!!’” Mayweather wrote.

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Mayweather said each night until the Aug. 26 pay-per-view event at the nearby T-Mobile Arena (and for a few days after), he will be “meeting and greeting” his fans, who can then enjoy, say, a magnum of Patron Platinum for $2,700 – or perhaps a $1,000 “Happy Ending,” which includes a liter of Absolut vodka and a 750 ml bottle of Luc Belaire Rare Rose sparkling wine.

For the record, Mayweather doesn’t drink, so it’s not as if he’ll be getting hammered and ordering lap dances every night. Instead, it’s a prime opportunity for him to help promote one of his businesses outside of fighting.

Still, with McGregor burning the midnight oil with late-night training sessions at the UFC Performance Institute a few miles down I-15, one has to wonder if Mayweather could potentially be buying into the belief that McGregor has absolutely no chance in the 12-round affair.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Conor McGregor's 10 most memorable outside-the-cage moments

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In April 2013, UFC President Dana White traveled to Dublin to receive an award from Trinity College. After accepting the Philosophical Society’s Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage, White dropped by The Temple Bar. There, he heard one name over and over.

“Everybody was saying, ‘Conor McGregor, Conor McGregor, Conor McGregor,’” White told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie. “I thought he was a heavyweight for some reason, the way everyone was talking about him.”

Intrigued, White told UFC matchmakers to sign the 24-year-old McGregor, who at the time held the Cage Warriors lightweight and featherweight titles.

Once in the UFC, it didn’t take McGregor long to make his presence felt both inside and outside the octagon. Equally talented in the cage or on the mic, McGregor has become the UFC’s biggest star.

He parlayed that star power into an Aug. 26 boxing match against undefeated multi-time boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, a matchup that could earn McGregor a nine-figure payday.

Before McGregor and Mayweather meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, here are 10 of McGregor’s most memorable outside-the-cage moments.

10. ‘Chuck!’

Chuck Liddell and a young Conor McGregor

On June 7, 2008, more than 15,000 fans entered The 02 in London to witness UFC 85. The event was headlined by a catchweight bout between Thiago Alves and Matt Hughes. Alves won the contest by TKO in the second round, blasting Hughes with a flying knee.

One of the people in attendance that night was former UFC light heavyweight champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell. At some point during the event, a young Irish fighter, with a 2-0 record, shouted Liddell’s name and grabbed a selfie with the seemingly stunned Liddell. That young fighter was McGregor.

(McGregor was 19 at the time the photo was taken, not 16 as he indicated in his 2014 post.)

9. Welcome to the big stage

Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage

McGregor made his UFC debut at UFC on FUEL TV 9. He fought on the untelevised Facebook prelims that night and earned a TKO win over Marcus Brimage. A few hours after that victory, McGregor appeared at the post-fight news conference – a rarity for a preliminary card fighter.

Resplendent in a gray suit and bowtie, McGregor was practically giddy after he learned he had won the “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

“To be honest, I don’t know what’s going on here,” McGregor said. “I’m just up here hearing $60,000. I’m just thinking of what I’m going to spend it on. Maybe a nice car and some suits or something, some custom-made suits. I don’t know.

“Just last week I was collecting the social welfare. I was in there saying to them, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m signed to the UFC. I don’t know. Blah, blah, blah.’ Now I suppose I’m just going to have to tell them, ‘(Expletive) off!’”

8. Mystic Mac

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

UFC 178 marked the first time McGregor fought in Las Vegas. A large contingent of Irish fans witnessed McGregor dispatch Dustin Poirier at the 1:46 mark of the first round that night via strikes. After the fight, McGregor reminded everyone he had predicted a first-round knockout.

“I said I’d knock him out in the first round, and I knocked him out in the first round,” McGregor told UFC commentator Joe Rogan during his post-fight speech. “You can call me ‘Mystic Mac,’ because I predict these things.”

And with those words, McGregor guaranteed he would be asked for a prediction at every one of his pre-fight press conferences.

Since the birth of “Mystic Mac,” McGregor has been correct in his pre-fight predictions for first-round finishes of Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo, but he’s been incorrect on Dennis Siver (second-round TKO), both Nate Diaz bouts (submission loss and majority decision win), and his win over Eddie Alvarez (second-round TKO).

As for the Mayweather fight, McGregor has predicted a knockout victory inside four rounds.

7. Might as well jump

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo

McGregor headlined his first American event at UFC Fight Night 59. At the time, McGregor was the No. 7 featherweight in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings. His opponent that night was the unranked Siver.

McGregor finished Siver in the second round with strikes on the ground. He walked around the cage for a moment, then sprinted from the middle of the octagon and vaulted over the cage to confront then-champion Jose Aldo, who was sitting with his family. The meeting was brief. McGregor screamed into Aldo’s face, and Aldo replied with a smile.

After the fight McGregor addressed the situation.

“I don’t know,” McGregor said. “I just saw his skinny Brazilian head, and I knew they were filming him over there. ‘What’s he doing there, sitting front row?’

“They thought I was going to see my girlfriend. They must’ve thought I was a romantic. But I was going to kill that little Brazilian. But Pat, Lorenzo (Fertitta’s) right hand, intervened. And thankfully – because I like money. When fights happen outside the octagon, they take your money. And I want to keep my money.”

6. “Red Panty Night”

Conor McGregor

On Sept. 5, 2015, the UFC hosted the “Go Big” press conference, which focused on fight cards in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. Some of the UFC’s biggest stars were on stage for the event, including then-champions Ronda Rousey, Jose Aldo, Daniel Cormier and Rafael dos Anjos. Current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk also waas there. But the man who stole the show was then-featherweight champion McGregor.

Early in the press conference, MMAjunkie asked Dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone about comments McGregor made about facing either of them at lightweight because a fight with him would change their lives.

“If he wants to move up, I’m here. It’s going to be easy money,” replied Dos Anjos.

McGregor did not allow Cerrone to reply. Instead, he picked up his microphone and turned to address Dos Anjos.

“I can make you rich,” McGregor said. “I’ll change your bum life. When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife: ‘Baby, we’ve done it. We’re rich, baby. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties!’

“It’s Red Panty Night when you sign to fight me. It’s a celebration.”

5. You’ll do nothing

Conor McGregor at UFC 202 news conference

The UFC 202 press conference was full of surprises. McGregor was late. That left his opponent, Diaz, on the dais with co-main event fighters Glover Teixeira and Anthony Johnson for 30 minutes.

When McGregor did appear, Nick Diaz told Nate to leave the stage, and the younger Diaz did. Not one to leave quietly, Diaz shouted, “(Expletive) your whole team,” on his way out.

“Shut your (expletive) mouth. You’ll do nothing,” McGregor responded with, “You’ll do (expletive) nothing.”

Diaz threw a water bottle toward McGregor on the stage. McGregor retuned fire, throwing water bottles and full cans of Monster at Diaz and his team while UFC President Dana White and UFC personnel tried to get him to stop.

McGregor was fined $25,000 and ordered to complete 25 hours of community service due to the skirmish. Diaz received a $15,000 fine along with 15 hours of community service.

4. Going for a walk

Conor McGregor

While many of McGregor’s catchphrases and mannerisms have become popular among the MMA community (see: “You’ll do nothing,” “Who the (expletive) is that guy” and “Red Panty Night”), one has had real crossover appeal, especially among pro athletes. That’s the “billionaire strut,” which took off in popularity following UFC 202.

McGregor lifted the move from WWE owner Vince McMahon, something he acknowledged during a January 2017 pay-per-view interview.

“I’m thinking Vince McMahon must be pissed,” McGregor said. “I don’t give a (expletive) about Vince McMahon. I stole that walk, and that walk is now mine. And not Vince or any of those (expletives) over in WWE are going to do anything about it. That’s my walk. I created that walk. I made that walk. It’s amazing to cross into all different cultures, all different sports.”

3. Who’s that?

Jeremy Stephens

The UFC held its first event in New York in more than 21 years on Nov. 12, 2016. The promotion went big for that event, UFC 205, stacking the card with three title fights. The main event pitted lightweight champion Alvarez against featherweight kingpin McGregor. Alvarez’s belt was on the line, giving McGregor the opportunity to become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time.

At a September news conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, a vociferous McGregor stole the show.

When McGregor was asked who would give him the hardest fight of the fighters on the stage, Jeremy Stephens cut in, not allowing McGregor to reply.

“Right here,” said Stephens from the row behind McGregor. “The hardest hitting 145 pounder. The real hardest hitting 145er, right here.”

McGregor didn’t miss a beat with his reply.

“Who the (expletive) is that guy?” asked McGregor. “Who the (expletive) is that?”

And with that reply, an MMA catchphrase was born.

2. No doubt

Conan O’Brien and Conor McGregor

In July 2015, McGregor appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late-night show and fired a shot that made headlines, mostly because his request seemed an impossibility.

“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd, I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for $180 million?” asked McGregor.

By May 2016, Mayweather’s interest seemed to be piqued and he allegedly started rumors that the fight was close to being booked.

More than a year later, Mayweather and McGregor announced the fight had been booked for Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

McGregor, the man who joined the UFC while near rock-bottom, financially, now is preparing to fight in what could be the most lucrative fight in boxing history. That the fight is happening brings to mind a McGregor quote from the UFC 202 post-fight press conference.

“Every single person doubted me,” said McGregor. “Every single fighter doubted me. Doubt me now.”

1. Those threads

Conor McGregor’s infamous suit

At his first post-fight press conference, McGregor said he planned to spend some of his “Knockout of the Night” bonus money on “some suits.” Over the years, he has certainly done that. Those suits are usually custom-made and on the flashy side, but none compared to the pinstripe number he wore to the Los Angeles tour stop for his boxing match against Mayweather.

The suit, which was one of the main subjects of conversation after the July event, was not your normal pinstripe affair. If you looked closely you could see the pinstripes said “F**K YOU” running vertically.

As far as statement pieces go, the suit was a major one.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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NSAC says it won't get dragged into another glove challenge after 'The Money Fight'

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LAS VEGAS – Don’t expect the Nevada State Athletic Commission to bend rules for fighters from here on out – or so that’s the message after the commission waived an 11-year-old rule.

After a social media challenge from Floyd Mayweather led the NSAC to allow eight-ounce gloves against Conor McGregor for “The Money Fight,” NSAC chief Bob Bennett said the brakes are on.

“I think chairman (Anthony Marnell) put it very eloquently, very succinctly, and he basically put everybody on notice,” Bennett told MMAjunkie when asked if the commission’s decision on Wednesday had created a precedent. “This is not something we get involved in.

“We’re strictly business. We’re regulators. We’re not promoters. We don’t do the PR work for them. So he basically put everybody on notice and did it very well, and I happen to agree with him.”

“The Money Fight” takes place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs live on pay-per-view.

After several commissioners expressed concern over the change, only to signal their approval, Marnell briefly changed the tone of the NSAC meeting. He admonished reps for McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) for the last-minute request, indicating the commission was being played as a mark to a big hustle.

“My biggest concern about this consideration or this request that is being made is that I do not like the (NSAC) being used as a pawn in a social media bout between these two,” Marnell said. “That part of this request, it pisses me off, I’ll be really, really honest with you. I respect the fact that you missed this and you admitted that in your testimony that you may have missed this subject when you guys put this bout agreement together.

“But this body is not the subject of two fighters who want to go back and forth like these two have at each other to create social media stir and another controversy for attention to sell tickets (and) to sell DirecTV. However, in saying that, I would like to put that aside and I would just caution going forward that this body, this forum, not be used for that again.”

Right now, though, the NSAC has no trouble being used for that.

Social media, of course, is what turned a fantasy fight between an undefeated boxing great with a complete novice. Mayweather and McGregor’s improbable path to the ring was paved by thousands of messages from fans and observers, creating a groundswell of attention that regulators eventually couldn’t ignore.

It’s an experiment that will benefit the NSAC handsomely, to say nothing of the fighters and the local economy in Las Vegas.

Despite McGregor’s absence of experience in the boxing ring, Bennett expressed confidence it will be a competitive fight. He noted Mayweather has used eight-ounce gloves for most of his career with his only recent knockout a 2007 stoppage of Ricky Hatton, and McGregor using four-ounce gloves in the UFC.

“I think a one-fight exception is conducive to this fight, because these are two elite fighters that pose a very interesting, compelling fight that is good for both MMA, boxing and the fans,” Bennett said.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor 'extremely dirty' in sparring video

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Floyd Mayweather indicated the moves that led Conor McGregor used to knock Paulie Malignaggi won’t fly when they square off for “The Money Fight.”

“A lot of shots were illegal – a lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots,” Mayweather said during a conference call today promoting the Aug. 26 pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) dodged questions about racism and the political firestorm engulfing President Donald Trump. But he watched the video that sparked a firestorm in the sporting world – a brief clip of McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) putting his brief sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi on the canvas.

Malignaggi, who’s still scheduled to commentate on the Showtime pay-per-view event, has blasted those involved with the release. UFC President Dana White claimed Showtime omitted the footage from its behind-the-scenes documentary, which Showtime denied.

Mayweather takes a different view.

“Some may call it a knockdown – some may not call it a knockdown,” he said. “At the end of the day, it only counts once you get under the lights – that’s just in the gym.

“We shouldn’t be here judging Paulie, a guy that’s been retired and commentating and traveling the world and not going to the gym at all, just going in there with a guy who’s an athlete period, and just working up every day. Honestly, they shouldn’t have even went 12 rounds with a young guy that’s active.”

Whatever happened in the gym that day, Mayweather is confident there will be no shenanigans when he faces off with McGregor in the ring. On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission signed off on using eight-ounce gloves for the fight, and veteran official Robert Byrd was tapped to oversee the action. Byrd is known as a referee who doesn’t intervene too much and lets fighters work themselves out of situations.

Mayweather noted McGregor’s enlistment of veteran referee Joe Cortez to oversee his sparring sessions, which he called a “great thing.” But he questioned the ultimate effect it would have on the Irish champ, who’s stepping into the professional boxing ring for the first time.

“Even though he had Joe Cortez in his training camp, I still seen him being extremely dirty,” Mayweather said. “But my job is not to worry about the referee, my job is to go out there and fight and let the referee do his job.”

Given the interest in the video of McGregor and Malignaggi, it seems clear the world is dying to know what happens when the boxing neophyte steps into the ring with one of the sport’s all-time greats. Mayweather said he’s not going to worry about outcome and simply focus on giving fans a show.

“Like I said on numerous occasions building up to this fight, I’m coming straight ahead, so he don’t have nothing to worry about,” Mayweather said. “I look forward following the Queensberry rules of boxing and I’m pretty sure he looks forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Live video: Listen to today's Floyd Mayweather media call at 6 p.m. ET

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Prior to his upcoming boxing match with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, unbeaten boxing great Floyd Mayweather hosts a media call today at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) meets McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) on Aug. 26 in a pay-per-view bout – possibly the biggest in combat-sports history – at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Today, he takes questions from MMA and boxing media members.

Also on the call are Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Showtime Sports Executive VP and General Manager Stephen Espinoza

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Twitter Mailbag: How big a deal are these eight-ounce gloves for McGregor and Mayweather?

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How much difference will two ounces really make on the fists of McGregor and Mayweather? Why does the UFC middleweight champion still get no respect? With a UFC interim lightweight title bout scheduled, where’s “The Eagle” when you need him?

All that and more in this week’s Twitter Mailbag. To ask a question of your own, tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

The big deal here isn’t the what, it’s the why. Is there a difference between using eight-ounce gloves and 10-ounce ones? Sure there is. (For a more detailed answer on that, I’d recommend this Twitter thread.) But the big issue here is the Nevada State Athletic Commission reversing what it had previously described as a vital safety rule, and without any very good explanation for why.

The Association of Ringside Physicians came out against the glove switch. The commission itself had said it would need to be presented with compelling evidence in order to issue a waiver. That didn’t happen, but the NSAC issued the waiver anyway. Then it tacked on a request that the gloves be turned over to the commission after the fight, ostensibly for a “study” on the effects of glove size. That this study would also give the commission possession of valuable sports memorabilia seems like a happy accident.

Both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are enthusiastically supportive of the glove switch, and it might not make a huge difference in the end. But it is worth asking why the NSAC even has these rules if it will throw them out the window the instant the big money draws ask it to.

This was a social media post that snowballed into an actual rule change. As much as the commission said it didn’t want to be used in any stunts to keep the hype alive, that’s it exactly what it did here, and without putting up much of a fight. Kind of makes you wonder what these people wouldn’t agree to for the sake of a dollar.

I don’t want to speak for everyone, but yes, we do all want that. But according to UFC President Dana White, Khabib Nurmagomedov still isn’t ready. That leaves us with Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee in an interim title fight that’s interesting and all, but is bound to lack that title fight feel.

What it’s going to feel like instead is a fight in which the UFC had a date and an interim belt, and it filled in the names based on availability. The reason it will feel like that is because that’s exactly what it is.

Still, right now the UFC has the advantage of working with a division that’s loaded with talent. It would almost be hard to make a bad fight at 155 pounds right now. That’s good, since who knows if or when the real champ will ever return from his epic payday. It’s not hard to imagine that interim belt suddenly morphing into the real thing.

I think we all kind of get it, even if we also kind of don’t. Even before he had the UFC middleweight title, Michael Bisping was a much better fighter than he got credit for. It’s partially due to his personality – a lot people, fighters and fans, just don’t like him, and therefore don’t want to admit that he has legit skills – but it’s also a question of style.

You look at a lot of Bisping’s biggest victories and you see fights with too much room for debate. The knockout win over Luke Rockhold is a glaring exception to most of his recent work, where he won by small margins after nearly losing. That’s how it went against Anderson Silva. It was a similar story in his lone title defense against Dan Henderson.

And that’s the other thing, which is that his reign as middleweight champ isn’t exactly helping him. He’s had the belt for over a year now and has defended it only once, somewhat unconvincingly, against a non-contender who was rapidly closing in on senior citizen discount territory. That’s not the kind of thing that’s going to earn you a ton of respect.

The question is whether the Georges St-Pierre fight will offer him a better opportunity in that regard. On one hand, St-Pierre was a pound-for-pound great and a legend in the division below Bisping. But if Bisping wins, I’m sure a lot of people will write it off to GSP’s age and time off, not to mention the fact that he’s not even a middleweight.

In that sense, it’s kind of a no-win situation for Bisping. In the financial sense, however, it’s exactly the opposite, which explains how we ended up here.

I’m not sure it’s going to change anybody’s viewing habits, but now would be a fair time to ask the UFC president if he’s reconsidering his support, especially since a lot of CEOs have sprinted away from Donald Trump after his response to the unrest in Charlottesville over the weekend.

I feel like I already know what White would say. He’d probably give us the same spiel about how he’s not really political, and he only gave that speech to help out a friend who had helped him out in the past.

And sure, that will placate people up to a point. But when other business leaders have raced to publicly distance themselves from Trump, it might be time to start wondering if we’ve finally passed that point.

If McGregor beats Mayweather, chances are he’ll have to knock him out. And if he knocks out the best boxer in a generation, giving him his first career loss and beating him at his own game the first time out? Then forget fighter, I don’t see how you don’t crown him athlete of the year.

That’s a very good question. Ronda Rousey was tested nine times in 2016, according to the online USADA test history database. As far as we know, she hasn’t officially retired, so she should still be subject to testing, especially since USADA is still looking for other inactive but not technically retired fighters, such as Nick Diaz.

Yesterday I sent an email to USADA to ask if there’s any reason it is suddenly way less interested in Rousey, but so far I haven’t heard back. I suppose it’s possible that her number just hasn’t come up yet this year. But the more time passes, the less plausible that explanation is going to be.

Seriously? This one is really hard for me to pick. A few years ago and forget it, even with the size difference you’ve got to take St-Pierre all day. But the man’s been gone for nearly four years, all while time has marched brutally onward. It’s true that he doesn’t seem like the type to let himself get too out of shape, and clearly he wasn’t about to rush (ha) his return, even if it jeopardized (in theory) his chances of getting the fight.

But still, we have to admit that we’re just guessing when it comes to what GSP will look like in the cage now. Bisping isn’t an easy guy to take down, and if St-Pierre’s timing is off it could spell trouble for him. Plus, while Bisping isn’t exactly known as a knockout artist against middleweights, he might have more power than we think when he’s throwing at a welterweight. If you make me pick right now, I guess I’ve got to go with the champ.

It depends. What does success look like for a weekly internet fight show? Dana White’s Contender Series is filmed in a gym and the fighters make about half the typical UFC minimum, so it’s relatively cheap to make. And if it helps the UFC lock down some talent or snag some Fight Pass subscribers, that might be all it takes to justify the pretty meager expense. Maybe the better question is, what would failure even look like for something like this?

If you had the ability to be at or near the top of either sport, I can’t imagine why you’d pick MMA. In addition to the differences in pay and contractual restrictions, there are just so many more ways to get hurt in MMA. For a long time we’ve told ourselves that boxers suffer more head trauma over the long term, and that may be true, but it’s not like MMA fighters suffer none, plus I know plenty of MMA retirees who are limping around on bad joints after years of grappling in the gym and the cage.

Also, notice how MMA fighters keep calling out boxing champs, trying to get a piece of that pie now that they see how well it’s working for McGregor? Notice how you don’t see so many boxers trying to do the same thing in reverse? That ought to tell us something.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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