Published On: Wed, Aug 23rd, 2017

McGregor Mayweather LIVE countdown: McGregor predicts knockout, fight at press conference

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather

Paddy Power pay out on Floyd Mayweather

10:00: Irish bookies Paddy Power have taken a dig at Conor McGregor – by paying out on a win for Floyd Mayweather already.

The fight is more than three days away but that hasn’t stopped Paddy Power chiefs rewarding Mayweather backers.

The Irish bookmaker made the £250,000 pay-out this morning – despite more than 80 per cent of its customers backing McGregor.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “We’re spinning the roulette wheel a bit here – as getting it wrong would see a serious Mac Attack on my bank balance.

“But, when you’re backing Mayweather, you’ve basically covered the whole board anyway.

“Patriotism aside, we are paying out early on a Mayweather victory – because we checked, and only one of them is a boxer.”

Brawl at McGregor Mayweather press conference

08:45: Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor became involved in a backstage brawl at overnight.

Trouble brewed when Mayweather and his huge entourage exited the stage at the first promo event.

Mayweather passed McGregor’s camp, who were accompanying the Irishman to his interview.

Both entourages walked slowly towards one another before there was a large melee.

Several photographers and journalists were caught up in the fracas.

McGregor promises first-round knockout

07:30: No such respect from McGregor for Mayweather, though. He’s promised a first-round knockout.

The Irishman said: “It’s not my toughest challenger, not close.

“I don’t see it in him. I’m going to crumble, that’s it. It could not have gone better this camp, we’re ready.

“We’ll focus on the weight now and that’s it. I’m a special man, I’ll prove that August 26.

“I think it’ll happen, one or two rounds. Part of me is saying I’ll badly hurt him and play with him after the 10 second count.

“I will have the ability to take him out. He will be on the floor after the first and the second and if he survives it, after that I’ll decide if I embarrass him or put him out his misery.”

Mayweather message to UK fans

06:55: Mayweather is trying to butter up the UK fans ahead of the fight.

He said today: “I really appreciate the fans from the UK for supporting me for so many years.

“I haven’t fought again every country – I’ve never fought against the Irish before and this is my first time – and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be exciting.

“My job is to go out there, be me, keep my composure – I don’t worry about nothing.”

Malignaggi confronts McGregor

06:20: There was also scenes involving McGregor’s sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi.

The McGregor camp last week issued footage of McGregor putting him to the canvas – but Malignaggi isn’t happy about how the video was used.

He tried to get to McGregor during the press conference in tense scenes on the Las Vegas strip.

Afterwards, he said: “All I wanted to do was grab is manager, take him aside from the scrum and talk to him man to man.

“The way they edited that first one, you have to keep in mind it’s different cameras. It has to be one camera, don’t switch angles, it’s got to be one camera so you know it’s not being mixed.

“He’s going to fold again.”

Drama overnight as Mayweather booed

6am: It’s all kicked over overnight…

There’s chaos in Las Vegas as Floyd Mayweather was booed by unhappy fans in the first promotional event of the week.

Mayweather was barely visible as he entered amid a large entourage before being hidden on stage by a media scrum.

Conor McGregor arrived, made a beeline for an Irish flag in the crowd before performing an impromptu lap of fans as security gave chase.

On stage, McGregor vowed he would be “calm and cold” on fight night.

“He needs to be put to sleep,” said McGregor. “He will wake up a better man. I am going to do that for him.”

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