It’s only been a couple of hours since the first stop of the press conference ended. It was an interesting spectacle. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had an idea of how Conor would act because I am a fan of his and I know what he is capable of. There were so many interesting parts to the first press conference. And when I mean interesting, I don’t mean interesting in a good way.
Let’s start at the beginning.
I get that this is a fight that’s going to go down in history. Whether you are a fight fan or not you will probably watch this fight and remember everything surrounded it for the next couple of decades. Both sides want to make this event as big as it can possibly be. But come on guys. There are things us fans can do without. Like why did someone have to perform before Conor and Floyd took the stage? It looked very last minute, which it probably was. Also, it was unnecessary. The fans at the Staples Center and us watching it live didn’t need or care for that. Aloe Blacc could’ve stayed home or performed somewhere else.
Next, Conor was on stage by himself for way too long. They should’ve done a better job on introductions. Have Conor come out and say hello to the crowd. Let him bask in his glory. But after a few minutes it became awkward. It seemed like Conor didn’t know what to do. He had no idea what was taking so long. He didn’t know why he was on the stage himself. He was ready to get this show going.
Minutes later Floyd is finally introduced to the crowd. I couldn’t hear that well but it seemed like the crowd loved Conor more than Floyd. And that remained the case for almost the entire press conference. One thing that really stood out to me when Floyd came out was his outfit. Who knows if it was a calculated move but it made a statement. This is America, we’re fighting in America, and let it be known that its America vs. Ireland.
Once everyone who needed to be on stage was there, a few speeches were given. By who? I don’t really know. It was another moment during this conference that could’ve been done without. It seems like a couple of guys really wanted to take advantage of being in front of a crowd of 20,000 people and possibly millions of people watching across the globe. Not to sound like an asshole but we really didn’t need those guys to give a speech. It was a waste of time and the crowd booed both of them.
It was apparent that Conor also didn’t understand the process of today’s press conference. As soon as he got on the mic he was like what fuck are we doing? This is so different from any other press conference I have ever been apart of. In a way, Conor seemed to be a little out of his element. I guess as a fan I was expecting something more? It wasn’t Conor’s fault though. The setup of this press conference was different from what we normally see in the UFC.
Then came Floyd. I have a feeling that this entire press tour will go similar to how Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz interacted prior to their fights. Conor was unable to break Nate mentally. It seems like it might be hard to do with Floyd as well. Today was the first stop so we will see how the next few days go.
What I would like to see during this press tour is interaction with the media. Today there wasn’t any. Maybe tomorrow there will be. At least I hope so. It will give both guys the opportunity to give us fans what we want. A chance to talk and engage in some back and forth trash talk.
Overall, I thought today’s first stop of the press tour to be somewhat lackluster. Next stop is Toronto and I hope we get something better out of both of them.