A day after McGregor mercilessly mocked the American in Los Angeles to launch a four-day international promotional tour for their August 26 fight, the flamboyant 28-year-old again went on the offensive, ridiculing Mayweather’s attire and landing a low blow with a comment about his rumoured reading difficulties.
“How do I look?” McGregor asked the crowd, before taking a swipe at Mayweather’s bag. “He’s 40! Dress your age, carrying a school bag on stage.
“What are you doing with a school bag on stage? You can’t even read.”
Mayweather, dressed casually for a second straight day in a T-shirt and cap while McGregor again wore a suit, did his best to counter.
“I’m the (one) that can’t read? I do numbers, I make money,” he said.
“You owe money,” McGregor responded, referring to reports that Mayweather earlier
this month asked the IRS for more time to pay his 2015 tax bill.
Mayweather, who holds a perfect 49-0 record, was jeered relentlessly by the audience but did not appear rattled.
At one point he grabbed an Irish flag from the crowd and posed in front of McGregor. When the flag was passed to the Irishman he tossed it back in the boxer’s face.
Selby to defend title despite mother’s death
Britain’s Lee Selby will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world featherweight belt on Saturday against Argentine challenger Jonathan Victor Barros despite his mother dying on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Welshman – who has held the title since 2015 – has been hailed as a ‘brave young man’ by his manager Jamie Sanigar for not withdrawing after his mum Frankie passed away. “Lee and the team have made the decision that they will proceed with the contest on Saturday,” Sanigar was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“Lee is a brave young man and he’s here to do a job on Saturday.”
It is not the first time tragedy has struck Selby as his older brother Michael drowned nine years ago, leading the boxer to go ‘on a binge of drugs and drinking’ before turning his life round.