My son is ‘unequivocally not racist,’ Conor McGregor’s Dad says

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregorFloyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor faced-off on four separate days last week.Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

Conor McGregor’s father has defended his son against accusations of racism.

Three of four McGregor and Floyd Mayweather press conferences last week were marred by racially-charged comments ahead of their August 26 fight.

In one, McGregor said Mayweather was “half black from the bellybutton down.” He also asked Mayweather to “dance for me, boy.

The American boxer accused McGregor of “saying a lot of racist things.”

But McGregor’s Dad Tony disagrees. He said those accusing his son of racism were, themselves, “race-baiters.”

Speaking on The MMA Hour, he said: “This fight is not about race. The colour of skin is immaterial. This fight is about skill and technique. Conor McGregor is unequivocally not racist.”

Aside from a potential race row, Tony told MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani that he regularly texts his son to say “keep up the good work” and “your mother loves the suits.” During one media engagement last week, McGregor wore a specially designed suit with the words “f***k you” doubling as the pinstripe.

The suit

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Tony said: “I’m talking about the F-You suit, of course. We text him all the time. As parents, we always prefer suits. I’d like to think he got something from me. He didn’t get his fighting prowess off me, so maybe he got his style off me.”

As for the fight night, Tony said his son will knock Mayweather out within the first four rounds. He said:

“I don’t think Mayweather [will] cause Conor any difficulty. He has defensive moves but Conor can pick them out and wear him down. Conor has precision and kinetic energy. Floyd won’t have experienced that kinetic energy. When Conor connects, Mayweather will fold.

“A lot of people will not believe what is going to happen on August 26 in the T-Mobile Arena. Nobody in the boxing world has given him a chance, but what Conor will produce will be nothing short of a seismic shock. It will reverberate right round the unarmed combat world.”

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