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Conor McGregor may be the underdog going into his August 26 fight against Floyd Mayweather, but the Irishman continues to dominate the battle of mind games leading up to the bout.
The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of insults started with an Instagram post from Draymond Green. The Golden State Warrior thought he had found a picture of McGregor wearing his jersey and used the ‘Gram to inform McGregor he was backing Mayweather in the fight.
“We rocking with Floyd bro not you,” Green said in the caption. “Take that off bruh.”
McGregor was quick to respond in a comment, correcting Green on whose jersey he was wearing: “That’s C.J Watson mate. I don’t know who the f— you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school.
“Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.j. when I don’t know or give a f— about basketball,” McGregor said in another comment. “I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here kid.”
While the Watson jersey might seem like a peculiar choice, it’s significant in the buildup to the Mayweather-McGregor bout.
Mayweather served two months in prison in 2012 on charges of domestic battery stemming from an incident with his longtime partner, Josie Harris. Harris told USA Today in 2014 that one night she awoke to Mayweather screaming and grabbing her hair after he had read texts between her and Watson, whom she described as her “summer love” in a draft of her book, according to the publication.
McGregor has previously brought up Watson in the lead-up to his fight with Mayweather, although the subtle reference came long before the fight was officially announced in June. This tweet from January shows that McGregor may have had this fight at the forefront of his mind for some time:
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 11, 2017