Atlantic City casinos trying to get piece of Mayweather-McGregor pie

Atlantic City casinos trying to get piece of Mayweather-McGregor pie

Hall of Fame boxing referee Joe Cortez has been a key player in Conor McGregor's training camp for the big-money boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, which takes place on Saturday night. Accusations of racism against McGregor and homophobia against Mayweather due to comments each made drew the ire of social commentators who don't usually pay attention to fight sports, which only helped amplify the spotlight and bring yet more attention.

Whoever wins on Saturday will take home a belt as ostentatious as this fight.

Mayweather dismissed his opponent's bigger size, telling Showtime commentator Jim Gray, "weight doesn't win fights - fighting wins fights".

The only way people are not going to feel ripped off is if there is some drama, instead of Mayweather slowly but surely busting up McGregor, while McGregor swings and misses. That 2015 fight generated more than half a billion dollars and was the highest grossing fight in history. A crowd that almost filled the T-Mobile arena - many waving Irish flags - cheered loudly for McGregor while booing Mayweather.

Mayweather, of Las Vegas, was a boxing champion in five weight classes, is 49-0, tied with legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano's undefeated record.

TMZ obtained audio of what McGregor, 29, told Mayweather, 41.

"I'd want to root for McGregor, but I can't".

Blue Lake Casino will be showing the fight for free tomorrow night in its Wave Lounge bar area. Revenue numbers are likely to eclipse the fight a couple of years ago that featured Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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"Well, I'm just being honest", Mayweather said.

"If McGregor wins, boxing is over", the 30-year-old said.

Promoters have sold the bout as "historical", a fight that will be talked about around the world for years to come and many intrigued fight fans have bought into the hype.

"I remembered the two fights I had with him: he's actually a pro now". I can't see him winning though.

"I was going to go to a friend's house and then it turns out he was going to be out of town", Haas said.

Not everything went perfectly for Mayweather at the weigh-in. "I come out and bang people right away".

Anticipation for the fight and McGregor's popularity with bettors is also an indicator of the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts and UFC. I think he has his classic hand position, Philly Shell hand position, and he'll feint and throw a jab or something, Conor will walk forward, [Mayweather will] back up, and he'll aim to just pot-shot, cover up, cover up, pot-shot, clinch, pot-shot, and just try to get through the first couple of rounds.