August 28, 2017
The 7 Most Memorable Sneaker Moments from the Mayweather vs McGregor Saga
This weekend’s Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather card was arguably the most talked about event in sporting history. The hype created by the match’s many press conferences had MMA enthusiasts, boxing fans and the wider public wondering what would happen in Vegas. While Floyd ultimately came out on top, both analysts and fans will be talking about those memorable ten rounds for weeks to come. As everyone begins to relive the fight, let’s take a look at the seven most memorable sneaker moments to come out of the Money Match.
1. Conor McGregor’s custom Reebok fight boots
The Notorious One is used to going barefoot in the Octagon, but the custom Gucci mink he sported in a pre-fight press conference left us expecting big things from McGregor in the fashion department on fight night. However, Mighty Mac ditched designer and opted for a custom of a different kind: a Reebok boot reworked by Florida-based artist Soles by Sir. McGregor’s official contract with Reebok ended months before the fight but, desperate to hold onto something from the UFC, the fighter wore the brand anyway.
The boots were white with shining gold trim and a crowned lion printed on the upper. The Irish Rebel looked set to stir up trouble with his initials emblazoned in Old English font on the shoe’s heel. Unfortunately, that Reebok sole wasn’t strong enough to hold up the weight of Ireland’s expectations and McGregor’s legs all at once.
2. The Money Team meets the Three Stripes
It seems like boxing’s winning formula is hard work, dedication and adidas. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather came out in a balaclava and black tracksuit ready to steal that $300 million. He also looks set to steal some stacks from the Three Stripes. The 50-0 champion typically boxes in Reeboks, but to face McGregor he opted for black and gold custom adidas boots. ‘Money Mayweather’ was embroidered on the shoe’s side, with decorative leather fringing finishing off the look. Floyd’s made it clear he only deals with those who’ve got the real money, so his partnership with the top-performing sneaker brand makes complete sense.
3. Gervonta Davis’ illegal Under Armour Fight Shoes
In the lead-up to the main event, most people were either cursing their faulty pay-per-view stream, searching for an ‘alternative’ way to view the fight, or indulging in some pre-gaming of their own. If you missed the Gervonta Davis vs Francisco Fonseca undercard, then you missed seeing boxing’s hottest new trendsetter. 22-year-old Davis stepped into T Mobile Arena in a blue fur hood, blue fur-trimmed trunks and American-flag-inspired Under Armours. The referee stopped the bout mid-way through, pulled out some scissors, and cut off the red and white lace tassels on Davis’ boots. When the ref declares your shoes illegal, you know Under Armour are onto something hot.
4. Mayweather adds a few extra inches in New York
Floyd Mayweather is proof that money can buy you happiness, but it can’t buy you height. Back in July, during the pre-fight press conference in New York, Mayweather tried to add a few extra inches to his 5’8” frame by slipping on a pair of Alexander McQueen Classic Lows. Conor’s response? ‘What the fook? He’s wearing high heels!’ The generous sole on these luxury shoes didn’t fool anyone.
5. Mayweather gets an Air Max boost in Toronto
When McQueen doesn’t give you that credible boost in height, turn to the trusty Air Max 90. At a later pre-fight press conference in Toronto, Money Mayweather gained an extra couple of inches thanks to the classic air-bubble sole. Floyd faced no taunts from Conor this time around (perhaps finally realising what he’d gotten himself into, Conor decided to keep his mouth shut). Also, check out the adidas Gazelles on Dana White (aka Dana Pink). This picture is proof that those with the real money wear sneakers, not dress shoes.
6. McGregor goes Gabbana
In the lead up to the Money Fight, McGregor was spotted wearing Dolce and Gabbana’s ‘Jamaica’ sneakers. The Italian shoes are made from canvas, leather and suede and combine shades of black, grey, white and metallic gold. The ‘sports luxe’ aesthetic isn’t Conor’s best look; luckily he’s got Conor Jr. to draw attention away from what is, overall, a pretty weird outfit.
7. Paulie Malignaggi reveals his extensive Jordan collection
Commentator/Conor’s sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi was pretty interested in Conor’s balls in the days leading up to the fight, but it turns out the boxer-turned-commentator has another passion. In an interview with Footwear News just before the fight, Malignaggi revealed that he has an extensive collection of Air Jordan 1s and Reebok Pumps.