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Conor McGregor made a bad situation worse on Thursday, answering claims that he’s racist by making more controversial comments.

McGregor claimed to be “black from the belly button down” before thrusting his hips for all his “black female fans,” and Floyd Mayweather took offense to the Irishman’s remarks. The 40-year-old reflected on comments he made when he was younger, but made sure to let McGregor know he had crossed a line.

“He disrespected my daughter, disrespected the mother of my daughter, disrespected black women, calling black people monkeys – it’s totally disrespectful,” Mayweather said in his post-event press conference. “When I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said when I was young, but we live, we learn, and you don’t say those things once you get to a certain age because it’s all about growth and maturity. But it’s total disrespect …

“You do not disrespect – I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asian, Latina, or Latino – you don’t disrespect people. To get respect, you must give respect. We live and we learn.. when he get’s older, he’ll probably look back and say ‘I shouldn’t have said that.'”

McGregor, still shirtless, responded to claims of his perceived racism after the event, claiming that his comments were intended to poke fun at how “stupid and ridiculous” he felt the accusation was to begin with.

“It doesn’t really sit well with me,” McGregor told media about accusations that he is racist. “I’m a very multicultural individual. I don’t have any ill feelings towards anyone. I don’t even see color.

“I just wanted to say something and have a bit of fun with it … I just wanted to play with it and address it in my own little way. It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous is basically what I was getting at.”

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Floyd Mayweather appears to have unfinished business with the IRS after all.

The undefeated boxer is facing a $22-million tax lien filed March 6, according to documents obtained by Gilbert Manzano of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“Money” filed a tax court petition for a reprieve on back taxes from 2015 on July 5, citing insufficient liquidity, and reportedly claimed he’d be able to square away the debt in 60 days, by which time he’ll have locked horns with Conor McGregor in a fight expected to net him north of $100 million.

The 40-year-old has also requested a Collection Due Process Hearing, meant for one to explain why their debt can’t be paid or to contest any taxes owed. Such hearings can reportedly take upward of 60 days to book.

Mayweather has since responded to reports of his tax woes by maintaining he paid $26 million in taxes in 2015, a year in which he pocketed $250 million for a superfight with Manny Pacquiao that sold more than 4.5 million pay-per-views.

The pugilist meets McGregor in a 12-round boxing match Aug. 26 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

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Fight fans looking to enjoy the biggest combat sports spectacle of the century from the comfort of their couches are going to have to shell out a pretty penny.

The pay-per-view purchase price for the highly-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been set at $89.95 ($99.95 for the HD broadcast), according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

That matches the pricing that was attached to Mayweather’s blockbuster bout with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, which went on to break PPV records with 4.6 million buys and over $410 million in revenue.

Mayweather and McGregor embark on a four-city tour this week with stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn, and London in advance of their Aug. 26 bout in Las Vegas that is expected to surpass the enormous success of Mayweather-Pacquiao.

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NBC Sports has an interview with WWE SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan, ahead of his return on tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live. It is his first appearance on WWE television since Bryan and Brie welcomed their daughter, Birdie Joe, on May 9th.

Bryan discussed fatherhood, as well as his role on SmackDown. He also had some poignant comments about the current product feeling stale.

“I think a change of presentation is absolutely necessary,” Bryan said. “I think the way that we present our superstars probably needs to change. Years ago they went through with this idea of having as much live stuff as possible on the shows, but I think when you watch say UFC for example, some of the things that are the most endearing, that make you care the most about the fighters are these backstage vignettes that get to show their real personality. You’ll see great fights that people will cheer maybe because they’re great fights, but the fights that have the most impact are the ones with fighters who people actually care about.

“I think one of the things that really endeared me to people was that people got to view more aspects of my personality than most because of the different things that I did within WWE. Seeing performers frustrated and being able to show that on TV and being able to show their experiences, their reactions to what’s happening to them on the show and doing backstage vignettes. There was a great one on NXT about Roderick Strong recently about being a new dad and all of that kind of stuff. Since I’ve been gone, they’ve been doing some really fun stuff with the Fashion Police. Not that there needs to be more of that exact kind of stuff, but it helps people get to know their personalities. I think one of our failings on SmackDown Live was American Alpha. They’re great and on NXT they did all of these fun little interview segments with the two of them that got to show the people behind American Alpha. (They saw) who Chad Gable is, who Jason Jordan is. I’d like to do more of that kind of stuff.”

Bryan noted that personalities draw in other sports, and bringing more of that to WWE would help the business.

“In combat sports, personalities are what draw,” Bryan said. “Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was one of the worst boxing matches I’ve ever seen, but millions of people watched it because of the personalities involved. I think changing that dynamic and highlighting the personalities is something we really need to do. Now, I don’t know how we do it. I think if anybody has a magic answer of what the best way is to present personalities in this modern day of television, they’d make millions of dollars, so I may not have the answer.”

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Proponents of a crossover bout between boxing star Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor will be happy to hear about the latest development.

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has reportedly reserved June 10 for the potential fight, sources told FloCombat’s Duane Finley on Sunday.

It is common practice for arenas to hold dates in anticipation of major potential events regardless of whether they end up occurring, so this doesn’t indicate that either fighter has come to an agreement.

The reported date falls in line with Mayweather’s recent comments that he is officially out of retirement and looking to face McGregor in June. McGregor is currently on hiatus from competition and expected to return after his fiancee gives birth to their first child in May.

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Dana White has made it clear he isn’t a fan of the potential boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, but apparently the UFC president doesn’t intend to stop his most bankable star from earning the biggest payday of his career.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense for my business, but I would never keep Conor from making that kind of money,” White told TMZ, according to Damon Martin of FOX Sports.

“He obviously has a lot of opportunities right now. Tony Ferguson is out there, the Floyd Mayweather thing is out there, we’ll see how this thing plays out.”

The fight between McGregor and Mayweather appears closer than ever – though nothing has been confirmed – with a report that T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been reserved in June for the bout.

McGregor is currently sidelined as he awaits the birth of his first child in late April or early May, but Mayweather has continued to push for the fight to happen sooner rather than later, saying he’s “officially out of retirement” for the Irishman.

“Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor,” Mayweather said recently. We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this sh-t happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”

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Currently on a tour of the United Kingdom, Floyd Mayweather had a short, succinct message for Conor McGregor.

“Sign the paper,” Mayweather said, according to ESPN’s Ben Dirs. “Sign the paper. You said you were boss, so just sign the paper and let’s make it happen.”

Mayweather is referring to the ongoing negotiations between himself and the UFC lightweight champion for a potential boxing match that has been the subject of rampant speculation. Both men have made varying degrees of commitment to the superfight, with disputes over pay and how much autonomy McGregor has as an employee of the UFC.

McGregor has boasted that he calls the shots in his career, much to the chagrin of UFC president Dana White. The 28-year-old Irishman has been on hiatus since knocking out Eddie Alvarez last November to capture the 155-pound strap and has prioritized a meeting with Mayweather over any future Octagon adversaries.

The magnitude of the crossover fight is one thing the two superstars agree on, with Mayweather going as far as to say it was the most important fight in the sport. Mayweather recently turned 40 and has not fought since defeating Andre Berto in a supposed retirement bout in September 2015 which improved his record to a spotless 49-0.