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Over the course of the last couple months, there have been some people who have joked that the buildup to Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s Aug. 26 superfight has felt a little like a never-ending Saturday Night Live skit.
And to some degree, that’s true. Their promo tour back in July went on for so long and forced them to interact so much that it did start to feel like an SNL skit that just wouldn’t end. But the Mayweather/McGregor promotion is finally almost over now that their fight is just 36 hours away, and to put one final stamp on it, SNL actually decided to get in on the action by unleashing a McGregor impersonator on the set of SNL: Weekend Update on Thursday night.
SNL cast member Alex Moffat was tasked with the job of impersonating McGregor. And while he didn’t quite nail McGregor like Kenan Thompson nailed his LaVar Ball impression a few weeks back, Moffat—outfitted in a red turtleneck, a white fur, and a gold chain—did do a pretty decent job of channeling his inner McGregor throughout the segment.
Moffat, using his best Irish accent, started things off by talking about what he plans to do to Mayweather on fight night. "I’m going to drive Mayweather out of the ring the same way St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland—piss drunk while screaming something about Jesus," he said.
Moffat then had to be reminded that he won’t be allowed to use his usual MMA moves when he gets into the ring with his opponent on Saturday night. "You better watch out, Mayweather!" he said. "When you get a taste of me punches and kicks, you’ll wish you were never born!"
"You can’t kick because it’s boxing, remember?" host Colin Jost told him.
"Right. Wink," Moffat replied. "I can still do a couple of kicks, yeah?"
And towards the end of the segment, after Jost reminded him yet again that he won’t be allowed to kick Mayweather during their fight, Moffat admitted defeat.
"Okay, well, then I am going to lose," he said.
You can check out Moffat impersonating McGregor in the clip above. And this actually isn’t the first time he’s been asked to play McGregor. He also impersonated him back in late 2016 during a skit called "Where’d Your Money Go." You can watch that skit here: