Irish MMA star Conor McGregor will face Floyd Mayweather in a 154-pound boxing match on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs), The Ring’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, last exited the squared circle in September 2015 after unanimously outscoring former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto. Following the lopsided bout versus Berto, Mayweather insisted that he was finished with the sport and uninterested in eclipsing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record. Shockingly, roughly 18 months later in March, Mayweather told Fight Hype that he was “officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor.”
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old McGregor (21-3, 18 KOs), the first UFC competitor to concurrently hold belts in two different divisions, obtained a professional boxing license in December. Finally, after months of speculation and negotiations, Mayweather and McGregor formally announced their long-awaited contest on social media in mid-June. Although most observers agree that McGregor is unsuited to handle Mayweather in a conventional boxing match, money consistently trumps logic. Mayweather earned a whopping $220 million to evade Manny Pacquiao for 36 minutes in May 2015. The tussle between Mayweather and McGregor will be even more lucrative than the Pacquiao affair. In fact, many insiders expect this extravaganza to generate in excess of half a billion dollars.
"This is really an unprecedented event," said Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports. "Really we haven't seen anything in modern history that resembles it, it's impossible to predict how many sales this will do."
While Mayweather versus McGregor may be a glorified carnival act, the spectacle will be a memorable one. Per usual, with a groundbreaking event pitting two polarizing combatants against each other, Internet trolls are having a picnic. Accordingly, let’s review the 15 most brutal Mayweather-McGregor memes to surface on the web.
16 MANNY PACQUIAO CHASES AFTER A ‘GUMP’ NAMED FLOYD MAYWEATHER
Floyd Mayweather notoriously avoided top competitors at the peak of their careers. Most notably, citing drug testing protocols and finances as roadblocks, Mayweather refused to meet Manny Pacquiao for nearly a decade. Mayweather’s refusal infuriated hardcore boxing fans, pundits and the sports community as a whole. In a memorable exchange, ESPN commentator Brian Kenny continually questioned Mayweather’s decision to face Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2009 rather than Pacquiao. Kenny, who at the time considered Pacquiao to be the sport’s preeminent pound-for-pounder, reasoned that the powerful southpaw had significantly improved and was a far worthier, and more fan-friendly, opponent than Marquez.
Mayweather took offense and responded, “I forgot. I’m talking to Brian Kenny, a guy who’s never laced up gloves a day in his life, who don’t know nothing about boxing.”
Mercifully, in January 2015, Mayweather agreed to throw fists with Pacquiao. Predictably, Mayweather unanimously outscored a shopworn version of Pacquiao on May 2, 2015. This meme depicts Pacquiao as a bully chasing after Mayweather in a scene from "Forrest Gump."
15 MCGREGOR WEARING GLASSES FOR OLD WOMEN
Conor McGregor, who four years ago was collecting a weekly unemployment check in the amount of $215, fancies himself as a fashionista. In fact, “The Notorious” has established a solid relationship with C-level executives at GQ Style magazine.
"Conor has been a longtime client and friend of ours, and we're deeply honored to be a part of this epic, historic story as it unfolds,” said the company's CEO, David August Heil.
“With a force in sports and fashion like Conor, it makes our job exciting to create unique looks that enhances his natural confidence and power. He's a disrupter in everything he does, and we're intoxicated by his passion and drive."
McGregor recently claimed that he spends thousands and thousands of dollars per week on clothing and accessories.
“I'm dropping $27,000. It's about my eighth time in the last week,” said McGregor.
While everybody has different fashion preferences, McGregor looks like he’s wearing an elderly woman’s glasses in this shot.
14 LARRY MERCHANT READY TO FIGHT MAYWEATHER
Floyd Mayweather recorded his last knockout when he flattened Victor Ortiz in the fourth round in September 2011. However, Mayweather’s decisive blows were extremely debatable. While Ortiz was apologizing for an intentional head butt, Mayweather cracked his defenseless opponent with a left hook and flush right hand to the face. Former HBO boxing commentator Larry Merchant questioned Mayweather’s sneaky maneuver. Instead of answering the inquiry like a man, Mayweather snapped and chastised the then 80-year-old Merchant.
"I’m through. Put somebody else up here to give me an interview. … You never give me a fair shake," Mayweather said, as Merchant turned to the camera, wide-eyed. "HBO needs to fire you. You don’t know s— about boxing! You ain’t s—! You’re not s—!"
The ballsy Merchant retorted that he "wished (he) was 50 years younger and (he’d) kick (Mayweather’s) a**."
From an unbiased standpoint, Merchant was simply doing his job.
13 DANA WHITE IS CRUSHED BY MCGREGOR’S SIX-MONTH MEDICAL SUSPENSION
Nearly a year after submitting to the Brazilian southpaw, McGregor and Nate Diaz had a rematch at UFC 202 on August 20, 2016. McGregor secured a somewhat controversial majority decision triumph over Diaz to even their unanticipated rivalry. Still, the “The Notorious’” victory was costly. McGregor fractured his left foot and ankle during the bloodbath versus Diaz in Sin City. Consequently, the Nevada State Athletic Commission slapped McGregor with a six-month medical suspension a few days following the match.
Moreover, the Irishman was prohibited from training until October and the commission unequivocally stated that he couldn’t resume competing until he received medical clearance from an orthopedist. As the promotion's biggest draw, this image shows UFC President Dana White coddling McGregor and promising that he’ll soon resurface as a dominant figure in the octagon.
12 RAPPER T.I. CAN’T PLEASE ‘TINY’ LIKE FLOYD CAN
Floyd Mayweather was eating at a Fatburger on the Las Vegas Strip during Memorial Day weekend in 2014. While dining, rapper T.I. rushed Mayweather and began to badmouth the famed boxer. After exchanging inflammatory words, T.I. threw a futile punch at Mayweather that only struck air. Bodyguards for both celebrities quickly intervened and separated the quarreling duo. According to multiple sources, T.I. was seething that his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, posted a photo on Instagram of her and Mayweather together at a nightclub. Less than a year after the incident, it was reported that T.I. and “Tiny” owed the United States Internal Revenue Service $4.5 million in taxes. Mayweather, who is presently battling Uncle Sam, was declared Forbes’ highest-paid athlete twice between 2012 and 2015. Hence, this meme is suggesting that “Tiny” fornicated with Mayweather because T.I. is penniless.
11 MAYWEATHER’S ENTOURAGE PROTECTS HIM FROM MCGREGOR IN THE STREETS
Floyd Mayweather is a significantly better pugilist than Conor McGregor. Conversely, removed from the squared circle, McGregor would easily maul Mayweather in the octagon or in a street fight. Thus, this meme is saying that Mayweather needs an extensive entourage because “that crazy Irish boy in the neighborhood” is far tougher than he is and could pounce at any moment.
"My employees would go to war for me," Mayweather said.
"I genuinely love the people who are with my company. But it's just like any other business. I've got disgruntled employees, people that are upset, and when they leave the company they've got something negative to say, or make up lies."
Until the bout versus McGregor is over, Mayweather should ensure that all of his employees are exceedingly content.
10 FLOYD KNOWS RONDA ROUSEY NOW
Former UFC bantamweight titleholder Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey berated Floyd Mayweather after she won the Best Fighter prize at ESPN’s “The ESPY Awards” in July 2015.
In a savage barb at the serial domestic abuser, Rousey said, “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once.”
Rousey, who earned a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, then flippantly questioned Mayweather’s claim that he’d never heard of the mixed martial arts pioneer.
“I’d like to see you pretend to not know who I am now,” said Rousey.
Although utterly impractical, fans have long clamored for an organized fight between the 5-foot-6, 135-pound Rousey and the 5-foot-8, 150-pound Mayweather.
In another dig, Rousey said that she and Mayweather would never scrap unless they “ended up dating.”
9 MCGREGOR GOT BATTERED LIKE RONDA ROUSEY
Conor McGregor was scheduled to meet Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 in March 2016. Unfortunately for dos Anjos, the Brazilian sustained an injury and was forced to withdraw from the card with less than two weeks remaining before the match. Racing for another challenger, UFC officials announced that McGregor would instead fight veteran lightweight Nate Diaz at 170 pounds. Although McGregor was a prohibitive favorite, the Irishman tired and Diaz seized control of the scrap. McGregor, who hadn’t lost a mixed martial arts contest since November 2010, ultimately submitted to Diaz at 4:12 of the decisive round. Approximately four months prior to McGregor’s loss, Ronda Rousey was brutally stopped by Holly Holm in November 2015. This picture shows the pummelled face of Rousey photoshopped onto McGregor’s body.
8 FLOYD STRUGGLES TO READ ‘THE CAT IN THE HAT’
Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent were once inseparable. Heartbreakingly, their bromance disintegrated when the Queens-born rapper blamed Mayweather for the collapse of his boxing company, SMS Promotions, LLC. Over the ensuing couple of years, Mayweather and 50 Cent regularly took turns disparaging and taunting each other. Most infamously, 50 Cent offered to wager $750,000 that Mayweather couldn’t read a single page of a Harry Potter book. 50 Cent, a retired crack cocaine dealer, mollified the bet a few days later and dared Mayweather to read Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“We know you can’t pronounce those words in that Harry Potter book, so we’re going to let you read ‘The Cat in the Hat,’” 50 Cent mocked, adding that he would donate the three-quarters of a million dollars to charity.
Mayweather, who dropped out of Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before graduating, never directly responded to 50 Cent. Instead, per usual, Mayweather disregarded 50 Cent’s challenge and bragged about how much cash he’s banked.
7 MCGREGOR JUICED UP LIKE BROCK LESNAR
Brock Lesnar reemerged from a 55-month hiatus from the cage to grapple Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Lesnar, a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad in 2004, manhandled Hunt to score a unanimous decision victory. The 40-year-old Lesnar subsequently tested positive twice for performance-enhancing drugs and the bout’s outcome was declared a no contest.
Once McGregor learned about Lesnar’s embarrassing predicament, “The Notorious” said, “Fair play to Brock, he got in a fight. But, at the end of the day, he’s juiced up the f****** eyeballs. So, how can I respect that?”
Lesnar, called by ESPN “the most accomplished athlete in professional wrestling history,” verbally lambasted McGregor.
“I take s**** bigger than that kid,” said Lesnar, a 2000 NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling champion. “I’m 290 f****** pounds, all right? This guy’s 145 pounds and that’s if he’s lucky and gets up and eats his f****** Wheaties. Come here, face to face, Conor, and say it to my face.”
This meme portrays McGregor’s comparatively small head on Lesnar’s massive body.
6 Be Nice!
Anybody who has a soft spot for Adam Sandler movies from the 90s and early 2000s will definitely appreciate this meme. In the movie Big Daddy, Adam Sandler's character pokes fun at his delivery guy friend for not being able to read, while wearing a Scuba outfit for his adopted son. McGregor took some serious jabs at Mayweather for being illiterate after Mayweather brought a backpack to one of their press conferences. During one of his trash talking rants, McGregor said “You’re 40 f***ing years of age. Learn to dress,” he continued. “You’re carrying a schoolbag on stage. What do you need a schoolbag for? You can’t even read!”
This is probably all for entertainment, but maybe once in a while, McGregor should take Scuba Sam's advice.
5 5. THE JOKER MAKES A POINT ABOUT MAYWEATHER AND RAY RICE
Blackballed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is the NFL’s poster boy for domestic violence. Concerningly, the 5-foot-8, 205-pound Rice is only the face of abuse because surveillance footage captured him rendering his fiancée unconscious with a single right hook and then dragging her out of an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In actuality, Rice is one of countless professional athletes who have assaulted women. Pathetically, Mayweather publicly supported Rice after TMZ released its explosive video.
“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”
The villainous Joker is seen here noting the vastly different consequences that Mayweather and Rice met for their barbaric actions.
4 MCGREGOR WEARS JERSEY OF GUY WHO HAD MAYWEATHER’S WOMAN
Conor McGregor donned C.J. Watson’s Golden State Warriors jersey on July 22. The 33-year-old Watson, a member of the Warriors from 2008 through 2010, was sending flirty text messages with Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, in September 2010. Upon learning about Harris’ “affectionate text messages” with Watson, Mayweather entered her “home as she slept, yanked her to the floor by her hair, then punched and kicked and screamed cuss words at her in front of their children.”
Warriors power forward Draymond Green, who now wears Watson’s No. 23, wrongly presumed that McGregor was a fan of his.
“We rocking with Floyd, bro, not you. … take that off bruh,” Green tweeted.
McGregor responded to Green that “that’s C.J. Watson mate. I don’t know who the [expletive] you are. Ask yourself why I’m rocking C.J. when I don’t know or given a[n] [expletive] about basketball.”
Considering the seriousness of Mayweather’s crimes, this meme rightfully criticizes McGregor’s choice of clothing.
3 POLICE READ AN ILLITERATE MAYWEATHER HIS RIGHTS
Floyd Mayweather is a serial batterer of women. According to a July 2014 article published by Daniel Roberts of Deadspin, “Pretty Boy” has been arrested or cited for violence against five females on at least seven occasions. Of these five victims, Mayweather has children with two of them, Melissa Brim and Josie Harris. In December 2011, after reaching a plea bargain to erase a felony battery charge, Mayweather pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense for attacking Harris and was ordered to serve three months in Las Vegas’ Clark County Detention Center. In addition to 87 days behind bars, Mayweather was fined $2,500 and sentenced to complete 100 hours of community service and a 12-month domestic abuse program.
Fortunately for the misogynist, police are required to read a person in custody their Miranda rights before being questioned. If not for this rule, the illiterate Mayweather wouldn’t know his legal options.
2 KURT ANGLE SCOFFS AT MCGREGOR AND DANA WHITE
While this isn't a meme, but rather a Twitter reply, it's too savage to ignore.
Conor McGregor told Sports Illustrated August 2016 that, “For the most part, WWE guys are p******.”
Kurt Angle, a WWE Hall of Famer who captured a gold medal as a freestyle wrestler at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, read the transcript of McGregor’s interview and said he’d maim the Irishman.
“I’d take him down, then ground and pound him until I knocked him out,” said Angle, 48. “Conor is a polished fighter, but with my size, I would overpower him. It wouldn’t be that difficult for me.”
The 6-foot, 240-pound Angle then challenged the 5-foot-9, 160-pound McGregor and his boss, UFC President Dana White, to enter the squared circle.
“Take five bumps with me in the ring,” said Angle.
“Just five bumps. When I did that for the first time, I took three and said, ‘F— this, I’m quitting.’ I quit for a couple days and my manager talked me into going back. I know how Dana White and Conor continue to bash the business, but I challenge either of them to get in the ring with me and take five bumps. Once they do, they’ll realize how tough it is–and that’s not even a fraction of what it takes to be a pro wrestler.”
Angle would disembowel McGregor in any form of combat.
1 LITTLE BOY LAUGHS AT MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR FIGHT
Floyd Mayweather is a defensive wizard, pinpoint puncher, and one of the most accomplished prizefighters in history. Conversely, although a striker with booming power in the octagon, the 29-year-old McGregor only received his boxing license in December 2016. It is ludicrous to predict that a novice can outdo an icon. Expect Mayweather to unanimously outscore McGregor and avoid enduring any punishment in the squared circle. With that noted, Father Time is undefeated and Mayweather’s 40 years of age.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound McGregor is bigger, stronger and younger than the 5-foot-8, 150-pound Mayweather. Plus, Mayweather has somewhat struggled against southpaws and McGregor possesses thunderous power in his left hand. Therefore, although a complete mismatch, McGregor will have a puncher’s chance to finish Mayweather. Still, considering the improbability of such a scenario occurring, this little boy is smart to laugh at McGregor’s blind supporters.