Mayweather vs McGregor: A Timeline of Trolling

Did social media trolling catalyse the clash of the century?

When the bell rings to start the Conor McGregor – Floyd Mayweather fight on the 26th of August, it’s very likely that McGregor is going to be way out of his depth. Boxing experts have been quick to denounce McGregor as a pretender, and someone that won’t be able to keep up with the quick-punching Floyd through the course of 12 rounds. All this noise has done nothing to stop the showman McGregor from stunting at every possible opportunity outside of the ring. The Irishman has garnered a reputation for his ambitious way of promoting his fights and his signature trolling techniques have been in full swing for the best part of past two years.

So Conor has been putting the social media pressure on Floyd, but will it really amount to anything during the fight? How did we actually get to a point where a fight between the GOAT and a first-time boxer is the most anticipated fight of the century?

January 9, 2016: McGregor Calls out Mayweather for the First time on Instagram Post

You didn’t think McGregor would let Mayweather off easily did you? McGregor was obviously determined to bait Mayweather into the fight and get the public on his side, and with his trademark bravado, he declared to ESPN that Floyd was washed and a has-been.

He claimed ‘I don’t need him, he needs me’. It was a brave move considering in 2015, Pretty Boy Floyd defeated Manny Pacquaio to extend his professional record to 49-0.

Obviously, Mayweather wouldn’t have taken kindly to this, but he remained quiet on social media and refused to take the bait. 

I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 15, 2017

McGregor’s year-long social media campaign to bait Floyd into a bout had worked, with the two agreeing to terms weeks later for the fight of the century. 

July 12, 2017: McGregor’s Power Move

Floyd Mayweather talks trash during his promo tour with Conor McGregor.

The suit

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 11, 2017

July 23rd, 2017: McGregor Savages Draymond

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