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Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two will fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Conor McGregor mocked Floyd Mayweather’s reading skills


Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor taunted boxer Floyd Mayweather on Wednesday as the two athletes escalate their war of words before their upcoming fight.

Sport Illustrated reported that McGregor called Mayweather “boxing’s biggest bitch” before accusing him of being incapable of reading in Toronto.

“What are you doing with a school bag on stage?” McGregor asked Mayweather during a press conference promoting their Aug. 26 boxing match in Las Vegas.

“You can’t even read,” McGregor taunted Mayweather during the second stop of their four-city press tour for the match.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday cheered McGregor, a 21-3 MMA fighter and the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) reigning lightweight champion.

Other people on the social media platform rooted for Mayweather, a 49-0 boxer who has won world titles in five of his sport’s weight classes.

Mayweather and McGregor will battle at 154 pounds next month in one of the most anticipated matchups in combat sports this year.

McGregor ultimately took Mayweather’s backpack during Wednesday’s press conference, opening it to reveal roughly $5,000 in the bag.

Mayweather, meanwhile, reportedly grabbed an Irish flag from an audience member and draped it over his shoulders to taunt McGregor, who hails from Dublin.

The crowd in Toronto was also boisterous, chanting “pay your taxes” at Mayweather amid reports the boxer owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $22.2 million in taxes for 2015.

Mayweather is widely considered one of boxing’s greatest fighters, while McGregor has emerged as one of the UFC’s most dangerous combatants after debuting in the league in 2013.

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