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Mayweather vs McGregor: What is the point in trash talk?

Mayweather vs McGregor: What is the point in trash talk?

Trash talking is part of the mental game for many fighters, and in most cases, is an art. There have been several fighters in history who are renowned for this, such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather Jr and possibly the greatest of the lot: the Notorious Conor McGregor. But what impact does trash talking have? We’ll take a look at the role it has played in the recent PR events and the highlights from the four venues.

Trash talking in combat sport stems back to the era of one of the greatest, Muhammad Ali. His ability in the ring is unquestionable but his trash talking is what descended him to becoming the legend he is today. Ali’s famous interviews pre and post-fight helped pave the way for the more recent champions who are set to do battle on August 26th in Las Vegas; Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

The two main components to trash talking are to firstly sell a fight, and secondly to get under your opponent’s skin. If you look through the more marketable fighters in history, they have been the ones who trash talk. Trash talking results in entertainment for the fans, promotes and event and will therefore sell more tickets – making the fighter more money. It’s a win-win for fighter and promotion so this is why it is becoming second nature for many. Irritating the opponent’s aims to break them down come fight night so they are rash and change their fighting style and become overly-aggressive. This has been seen to work in many fights over time.

LOS ANGELES – STAPLES CENTRE, 11 JULY 2017

  • Conor McGregor predicts he will knock Mayweather out within 4 rounds
  • Floyd Mayweather shows $100 million dollar cheque to crowd
  • McGregor’s pinstripe suit has ‘F**K Off’ written all over it
  • Mayweather taunts McGregor saying he likes to quit

TORONTO – SONY CENTRE, 12 JULY 2017

  • McGregor leads chants with the crowd of “F**K the Mayweather’s”
  • Mayweather puts an Irish flag around himself
  • McGregor mocks Mayweather saying he cannot read
  • McGregor throws the Irish flag into Mayweather gaining cheers from the crowd

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – BARCLAYS CENTRE, 13 JULY 2017

  • Physical altercation between the two camps was the highlight of the show
  • Mayweather threw money in the air like a shower over McGregor
  • McGregor came out in a full Gucci outfit including a fur coat believed to be worth $30,000
  • Continued chants from the crowd of “pay your taxes”

LONDON – THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY, 14 JULY 2017

  • McGregor mocks Mayweather saying he wore high heels yesterday
  • Mayweather gets the crowd involved saying “point to the quitter”
  • Mayweather says he is always interrupted by McGregor and is the king of the trash talk
  • McGregor argues with Mayweather’s bodyguards calling them “Juice Heads”

The trash talking of Mayweather v McGregor began on social media and has continued to build, initially resulting in the fight being made. The PR for the event worked well over the four days with both sides selling the fight well. The main winners were the fighters and Showtime as this will have increased the sales of the fight. The trash talking has finished for now and the money fight is on. Thousands of fans placed their bets as the odds favour Mayweather to win.