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Mayweather and McGregor stick to script as media tour kicks off in LA

  • Mayweather, McGregor faced off publicly for first time in Los Angeles
  • Irishman predicts: ‘I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds’

Everything went according to script. Conor McGregor trashed, taunted and belittled Floyd Mayweather and hinted he may use his mixed martial arts skills to knock him out.

Mayweather clapped back while simultaneously inflating the notion their fight would be a real contest with an uncertain outcome.

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‘Dance for me, boy’: Mayweather and McGregor feud at NSFW press event

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor met face to face on Tuesday for the first time, at least publicly, as they kicked off a four-city, three-country international press tour to drum up interest in their 12-round super welterweight matchup on 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Both men lived up – or down, depending on your perspective – to their reputations as two of the most profane, outspoken trash-talkers in all of sports. Yet their collective showmanship, a side course in most contexts, is as essential an ingredient as ever as they promote an event that’s not expected to offer much in the way of authentic competition.

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Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor: World press tour kicks off in LA – live!

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The live show is beginning now. To start it off, they’re showing this official trailer on the JumboTron that was unveiled online on Friday.

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“I could see him knocking out Floyd when it comes to the war of words,” Ranallo says. Schaub piggy-backs: “He’s undefeated in these press conferences.” Oh dear.

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Mayweather-McGregor will display one aspect of excellence: self-promotion

There’s really only one true contest in the fighters’ grab for a dump truck filled with cash: a two-month clash of mouths

Few in sports are taking the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight seriously. Why should they? As boxer Lennox Lewis told ESPN this week: “Mayweather is the best in his weight class, no one can touch him in boxing. He’s a pugilist of the highest order, so for another man from another sport to fight him?” 

But people will buy. They will buy big. They will buy a lot. They will spend $100 on pay-per-view if that’s what it takes. They will drop $4,000 or $5,000 a ticket and fill Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena and even grab a handful of officially-licensed T-shirts emblazoned with the fighters’ snarling faces. They will buy as if McGregor v Mayweather is the event of the year. Because to millions of people that’s what this will be.

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Sports quiz of the week: Mayweather v McGregor, US Open and transfer records

Who made it 49-0? Who cost more than Jordan Pickford? And who cut through?

Floyd Mayweather returns to the boxing ring in August to fight Conor McGregor. Who was Mayweather’s opponent in his previous fight, back in 2015?

Canelo Álvarez

Andre Berto

Miguel Cotto

Manny Pacquiao

Rafa Nadal has now won the French Open 10 times. How many grand slams singles titles has he won in total?

13

15

19

22

With a year to go until the World Cup kicks off, three teams have guaranteed their places at the tournament: hosts Russia, five-time champions Brazil and … ?

New Zealand

Germany

Australia

Iran

How did Pacífico defender Federico Allende try to gain an advantage in an Argentinian cup match against Estudiantes?

By putting moisturiser in strikers’ eyes

By poking opposing strikers with a needle

By wearing pungent perfume to give himself more space on the pitch

By whispering Justin Bieber lyrics into their ears at set-pieces to make them laugh

Which of the eight teams competing at the Confederations Cup has won the tournament before?

Australia

Cameroon

Chile

Germany

Mexico

New Zealand

Portugal

The Under-21 European Championship kicks off in Poland this weekend, with 330,000 tickets available for the 21 matches. What are the most expensive tickets on sale at the tournament?

£3.80

£8.30

£83

£380

Southampton have sacked Claude Puel after just one season in charge. Where did they finish in the Premier League?

Fifth

Eighth

11th

14th

Which state is hosting the US Open for the first time this week?

Wisconsin

Minnesota

Ohio

Hawaii

India and Pakistan will contest the Champions Trophy final on Sunday at The Oval. What was the result when the two teams met in the group stage of the competition a couple of weeks ago?

India won by seven runs

India won by 124 runs

Pakistan won by one run

Pakistan won by 17 runs

Everton signed Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for a fee that could rise to £30m, making him the third most expensive goalkeeper of all time after Ederson and … ?

Gianluigi Buffon

Claudio Bravo

David de Gea

Manuel Neuer

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Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight agreed for 26 August

  • Mayweather and McGregor confirm news with messages on social media
  • Fight scheduled for 12 rounds at 154lb limit with 10-ounce gloves
  • NAC approves promoter’s request for 26 August fight at T-Mobile Arena

The long-touted fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and the former five-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is set for 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The two fighters confirmed the news with posts to social media. On Instagram, Mayweather said: “It’s official!”. McGregor was similarly to the point: “THE FIGHT IS ON,” he wrote on Twitter. As a barb, the 28-year-old Irishman added a picture of Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr, a presumed joke at the expense of his 40-year-old rival’s age.

THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft

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Gervonta Davis talks a good fight but Floyd Mayweather Jr steals limelight

Mayweather’s protege might be the one going into the ring to defend his WBO title against Liam Walsh, but during the long run-up to the fight it has seemed that the semi-reitred multimillionaire is the real star of the show

Professional boxing operates on a simple principle: destroy all harmony. It has been that way for a couple of centuries and it is not altogether a mystery given it is a sport that accommodates raw, if legal, violence.

That it is why casual observers were pleasantly surprised when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko refused to “get in the gutter” before trying to knock each other unconscious in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley two weekends ago.

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Scott Quigg heads west and into stable of renowned trainer Freddie Roach | Kevin Mitchell

Former world super-bantamweight champion, who is making noises at featherweight, is leaving Joe Gallagher’s care to base himself at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles

Scott Quigg has split with Joe Gallagher after six years to join Freddie Roach in the US. It is a gamble that could launch him into a rematch with Carl Frampton or put him into the mix at featherweight, a division that is brimming with possibilities.

The 28-year-old former world super-bantamweight champion, now making noises at 9st, insisted on Monday the parting was amicable, although only those close to the camp saw it coming.

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Desperate McGregor remains a pawn in Mayweather’s promotional game

Conor McGregor won’t get a fight with Floyd Mayweather unless Mayweather believes the fight will make him very, very rich. Therein lies the impasse

If there is ever a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, it won’t be nearly as much fun as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor talking about a fight.

Who knows if the two biggest names in MMA and boxing will actually step into a ring? They talk and talk about money and talk and talk about a deal but they never sign a contract. This is how Mayweather works, stretching the conversation, turning up the rhetoric and adding zeros to the guaranteed purses for a fight that he might not even want. It took more than five years of negotiations before he fought Manny Pacquiao. Why would he rush to meet a fighter he clearly does not see as an equal?

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Floyd Mayweather says fight is ‘close’ as Conor McGregor lands in Las Vegas

  • Nevada State Athletic Commission chair: there ‘is a lot of real stuff going on’
  • Irishman could find difficulties negotiating terms with UFC

A fight between UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, and former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather appears to be moving closer to reality.

Mayweather, who retired from the ring undefeated in 2015, told ESPN’s Stephen A Smith that a fight between the two is “getting very, very close”. ESPN also reported that McGregor had arrived in Las Vegas, Mayweather’s home town, on Monday.

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If Mayweather wants to fight McGregor it needs to be across three events | Josh Gross

The prospective fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is rubbernecking at its worst, but history offers precedent for events like these

At the height of UFC middleweight Anderson Silva’s great career in 2009, he began lobbying to box Roy Jones Jr. It was Silva’s dream, he said, and for a time, other than a one-on-one bout with his clone, boxing Jones became the Brazilian’s biggest goal. UFC president Dana White spoke openly about knowing Jones. Of being friendly with Jones. And, while not quite understanding why anyone would want to see it, of wanting to deliver the bout for both Jones and Silva.

Of course, though Jones was willing, it didn’t happen. Silva has chalked up the missed opportunity to the notion that White really wasn’t interested in making the bout because it would have set a precedent that future stars might follow. White would “lose control”, Silva said, if he allowed athletes contracted to the UFC to venture off into other areas of combat sports to seek challenges.

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If Mayweather wants to fight McGregor it needs to be across three events | Josh Gross

The prospective fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is rubbernecking at its worst, but history offers precedent for events like these

At the height of UFC middleweight Anderson Silva’s great career in 2009, he began lobbying to box Roy Jones Jr. It was Silva’s dream, he said, and for a time, other than a one-on-one bout with his clone, boxing Jones became the Brazilian’s biggest goal. UFC president Dana White spoke openly about knowing Jones. Of being friendly with Jones. And, while not quite understanding why anyone would want to see it, of wanting to deliver the bout for both Jones and Silva.

Of course, though Jones was willing, it didn’t happen. Silva has chalked up the missed opportunity to the notion that White really wasn’t interested in making the bout because it would have set a precedent that future stars might follow. White would “lose control”, Silva said, if he allowed athletes contracted to the UFC to venture off into other areas of combat sports to seek challenges.

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Boxing in urgent need of rapid rematch between James DeGale and Badou Jack

A majority draw was an unsatisfactory end to a stirring contest which the British fighter would have won but for a late knockdown

There was nothing to separate James DeGale and Badou Jack after their world super-middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York, which ended in a majority draw which meant the world’s two best 168lb fighters retained their belts. But while an immediate rematch to settle unfinished business would seem the obvious next step, what is next for either man appears uncertain.

DeGale, who holds the IBF’s version of the title, scored a flash knockdown in the first and boxed masterfully in the early rounds, using balletic footwork to create angles that made Jack look flat-footed and clumsy.

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Boxing in urgent need of rapid rematch between James DeGale and Badou Jack

A majority draw was an unsatisfactory end to a stirring contest which the British fighter would have won but for a late knockdown

There was nothing to separate James DeGale and Badou Jack after their world super-middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York, which ended in a majority draw which meant the world’s two best 168lb fighters retained their belts. But while an immediate rematch to settle unfinished business would seem the obvious next step, what is next for either man appears uncertain.

DeGale, who holds the IBF’s version of the title, scored a flash knockdown in the first and boxed masterfully in the early rounds, using balletic footwork to create angles that made Jack look flat-footed and clumsy.

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UFC president offers $25m apiece to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor

  • Dana White offers $25m apiece to Mayweather and McGregor
  • Mayweather laughs off White’s offer in profane response to TMZ

UFC president Dana White said on Friday that he would pay $25m apiece to Floyd Mayweather Jr and and MMA star Conor McGregor for a presumed boxing match with the split of additional pay-per-view revenue between the fighters to be determined.

White’s offer, put forth on Colin Cowherd’s sports talk radio show on Fox Sports Radio, comes two days after Mayweather, the five-division champion who retired undefeated from boxing nearly a year and a half ago, said he would fight McGregor for a base purse of $100m with McGregor taking home a career-high $15m plus a minor cut of the pay-per-view receipts.

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James DeGale aiming to dethrone only champion in Floyd Mayweather stable

• Eddie Hearn: ‘Badou Jack is great, but my fighter is a whole other level’
• Win for DeGale brings prospect of showdown with Andre Ward closer

No fighter was ever able to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring but James DeGale can do the next best thing when he faces Badou Jack in a super middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

DeGale, the 30-year-old from London who holds the IBF championship at 168lbs, is expected to beat Jack, the WBC belt-holder, in one of the best fights that can be made in the division today.

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Floyd Mayweather offers new terms to fight Conor McGregor

• Undefeated Mayweather says he would fight UFC star McGregor for $100m
• ‘Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants to fight – let’s make it happen’

Floyd Mayweather has said he will come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor but only if he gets paid $100m (£82m) and the Irish UFC star is prepared to take a career-high $15m (£12m), plus a minor slice of the pay-per-view revenue.

Related: Floyd Mayweather on return to the ring: ‘you just never know’

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James DeGale: ‘The fear is very real … I’m scared of failing, I’m scared to lose’

IBF world super-middleweight champion speaks before his unification fight with Badou Jack about how fear of failure will inspire him in a year that could net him £10m

“This could be a £10m year for me,” says James DeGale soon after he has ambled downstairs wearing nothing but his underpants. At home in Hertfordshire, DeGale is so confident that an hour later he’s still just in his skimpy briefs as he polishes off a bowl of porridge whipped up by his mum, Diane. The IBF world super‑middleweight champion puffs out his bare chest and counts off his possible world title fights this year, snapping a finger at each name.

“Badou Jack … Callum Smith … George Groves … that could make me 10 million,” DeGale says as his eyes widen.

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Conor McGregor may never use his boxing licence but don’t write him off

Conor McGregor wouldn’t touch Floyd Mayweather in the ring (who did?) but he is a hard-working, smart, experienced fighter who took up boxing aged 12

By Paul Gibson for The Balls of Wrath, part of the Guardian Sport Network

So a couple of days after the UFC controversially stripped its lightweight champion of his featherweight strap, Conor McGregor has received a boxing licence from the state of California. Cue a biblical flood of opprobrium from the boxing world.

When it comes to blurring the lines between MMA and the sweet science, the boxing fraternity can be a particularly precious bunch. It sometimes feels as if we represent the fighting equivalent of late-1980s Liverpool, aghast at Dana White’s UFC coming hard up the track, intent on knocking us right off our effing perch. There is an inherent fear that MMA’s every gain is at boxing’s fatal expense, that this town ain’t big enough for the both of us.

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Conor McGregor gains boxing licence but Mayweather fight remains unlikely

  • Irishman obtains licence to box professionally in California
  • Mayweather Productions CEO calls it a ‘con job to create more interest’

Conor McGregor would not stay quiet long after the UFC stripped him of one of the two title belts he hoped to defend simultaneously. Just days after the organization said it was taking away his featherweight title belt, McGregor replied in the most typical way: by obtaining a boxing licence.

Related: Conor McGregor now makes the rules in UFC … and everyone else follows

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