Floyd Mayweather’s boxing match against Conor McGregor is expected to become the most lucrative fight in the history of the sport. And so it seems only appropriate that the press-tour for the fight will be similarly bombastic.
Ahead of their ‘freak show’ fight in Las Vegas on August 26, the two men will be embarking upon a lightning-quick press tour to promote the fight.
Four days. Four cities. Three countries: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Fans will be able to attend the press events for free, and for English fight fans, there are still tickets available to watch the two men calling one another out at Wembley.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the press tour.
When will the press conferences be taking place?
Here’s the full schedule for the whistle-stop tour:
Los Angeles, USA— Staples Centre, Tuesday July 11
Toronto, Canada — Budweiser Stage, Wednesday July 12
New York City, USA — Barclays Centre, Thursday July 13
London, UK — SSE Wembley Arena, Friday July 14
And what times do the conferences get underway?
Press conference number one, in LA: 10pm.
Press conference number two, in Toronto: 10.30pm.
Press conference number three, in New York City: 11.30pm.
Press conference number four, in London: 7pm.
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But expect those times to vary slightly: Mayweather and McGregor aren’t known for being the most punctual of people.
Where will I be able to follow what happens?
The press conferences are not due to be shown on UK television.
But don’t worry, they will all be available to watch online.
And you can also follow what happens with the Independent’s live blog.
How can I get tickets for the Wembley press conference?
Tickets for the event at Wembley Arena will be free of charge and are available on a first come first served basis, so be quick! They are currently on sale via the SSE Arena website.
Be warned: tickets will not be available on the gate.
What’s going to happen?
We’re honestly not too sure what to expect.
Boxing press conferences can be explosive at the best of times, but UFC pressers are usually even more controversial. And, of course, McGregor is the self-appointed king of trash talk, and has a habit of winding up his rivals ahead of fight night.
Dana White, the president of the UFC, thinks he has some idea of how it is all going to go down.
“I think it’s going to be a hybrid of the boxing press conferences and UFC press conferences. Maybe more of a boxing press conference than it is ours,” White said after UFC 213 on Sunday.
“You know how mine are … No bull****, we walk in and we sit down and go ‘what’s up? Who has the first question?’ and we get rolling.
“I think there’s going to be a lot more bull**** in this one.
“… Conor and I will come in and sit down and answer questions and when we’re asked questions. But I think there’s going to be a lot of speeches and all that.”
What has the trash talk been like so far?
Amusing, although things are yet to really explode between the pair.
McGregor drew first blood when he tweeted a photo of himself standing in front of a mural depicting him knocking out Mayweather, complete with the quote: “I am a filthy Irish animal.”
A week later the mural appeared again , the star saying: “I predict these things.”
He then started using the mural as the lead-in to his training videos with the tagline “I am boxing” — a nod back to his fiery rant at Madison Square Garden in March where he declared that he would stop Mayweather.
Mayweather hasn’t taken any explicit direct shots at McGregor just yet, opting to spend far more time tweeting promos for his new Sin City strip club.
But he did give fans an impressive snippet of training on a double-end striking bag, which requires extremely precise timing to hit. The Facebook video came on the same day McGregor also released training footage hitting a heavy bag — much more slowly.