Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor was at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Friday night to support his friend and countryman Michael Conlan, who was making his professional boxing debut. But as was to be expected, McGregor made some headlines of his own when he exploded in a rant aimed at the boxing media concerning his fight with Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor apparently approached ESPN’s Dan Rafael in the press box after Conlan successfully stopped his opponent in the third round, and immediately began ranting.
"You’re the boxing guy? I’m the boxing guy. Watch me take over boxing,” McGregor yelled at Rafael. “Trust me on that. No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that. When I step in there, I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world. Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes. Twenty-eight years of age, confident as a motherf*cker, long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd and you’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words.”
When a reporter asked McGregor when he was going to fight Mayweather, he broke from his ranting for a moment to offer a vague answer.
“We’re getting close, don’t worry about it,” McGregor said. “You’ll hear about it. I’m out of here. I am boxing.”
According to an interview with the LA Times that took place on the same night, he reaffirmed that the fight was close to done and that September was the likeliest date.