Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) faces off for the first time with UFC fighter Conor McGregor during a press call at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on July 11, 2017. The two will fight August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP / Gene Blevins
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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor lit the touchpaper for their cross-combat superfight Tuesday, turning the air blue in an expletive-laden face-to-face meeting to launch their global promotional tour for the bout. More than 11,000 fans crowded into Los Angeles' Staples Center for a raucous first live showdown between former boxing world champion Mayweather and Irishman McGregor, one of the biggest stars of mixed martial arts.The two men are set to face each other in Las Vegas on Aug. 26 in what could be the richest fight in history after finally agreeing to climb into a boxing ring following a year-long guessing game over whether they would ever do battle.McGregor, who will start as an overwhelming underdog against one of the most accomplished defensive fighters in history, was bullish about his prospects of victory.A stony-faced Mayweather meanwhile bided his time before taking the microphone and uncorking his own cascade of expletives.
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