Conor McGregor accused Floyd Mayweather of ducking a face-off four days before they collide in the biggest fight of all time.
A mix-up over the timing for their stage arrivals outside the T-Mobile Arena made for an unscheduled crossing of their paths.
The Notorious Irishman – who also had a confrontation with former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi during the grand arrival – was supposed to step out before the fans and into the sunshine outside the building first.
Conor McGregor waves to the crowd as he arrives at the T-Mobile Arena ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather
The Irishman was over an hour and a half late but was still greeted by loud cheers from the travelling Irish fans
McGregor is surrounded by photographers as he makes his way onto the Toshiba Plaza outside the T-Mobile Arena
Mayweather addresses the crowd in a stylish outfit alongside two models working for beer company Corona Extra
Mayweather says he and McGregor owe the fans an exciting fight and he is excited to compete in his 50th professional bout
UFC lightweight champion McGregor has words with former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi (left) after his arrival
Mayweather, tired of waiting, went ahead with greeting what was in truth quite a thin congregation.
Then, as Mayweather took what tennis players call a comfort break in the middle of his behind-the-scenes chat with the media, McGregor was waiting outside.
The UFC man told us later: ‘I walked over to him and he just kept talking to one of his “security donkeys” and looked away.
‘I said: “Hey man, what’s the matter with you – afraid of a face-off?” I told him that if he carried on like that he’d look stupid but he didn’t want to know.’
And it was not the only confrontation McGregor would have with as he clashed with Malignaggi. The American boxer repeatedly asked him: ‘Did you bring your balls, Conor?’, to which McGregor replied: ‘You got your a** whooped. Get over it.’
Mayweather and McGregor predicted they would knock out the other on Saturday night in what is likely to become the first billion-dollar boxing match.
Mayweather said: ‘The fight is not going the distance, no matter what he says. He’s getting knocked out.’
When advised of that prediction, McGregor reposted: ‘I believe I am going to knock him down in the first round because be sure I am going to start fast.
Malignaggi repeatedly asked McGregor if he had brought ‘his balls’ to Las Vegas in a heated clash during the grand arrival
McGregor greets fans, who had braved scorching temperatures to wait for his arrival, as he walks down the Toshiba Plaza
McGregor fans make their allegiances clear as they greet their hero outside the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday afternoon
After hours of waiting in 37-degree temperatures, the ‘Notorious’ finally walks past the travelling Irish fans
‘After that, maybe I will toy with him for two or three rounds and it’s possible the referee will have to step in and stop it.
‘Come Saturday night, the king of the UFC will be the king of boxing as well.’
Even if that happens, Mayweather dismisses any possibility that he will box on after this, his 50th fight.
He said: ‘I’ve promised my children and I’ve promised the people around me that this is the last one.
‘You know that when you push your body to the limit and beaten everyone out there that now the time has come.’
Despite the public’s disappointment of his preceding mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao, Mr Money said: ‘I want this one to be a great event.
‘The people deserve the excitement. And like Pacquiao, when I hit him with a big right hand in the first couple of rounds and the strength went out of him, this man is going to find out that the place he’s in and the power are something completely different.’
McGregor speaks to the media as he walks off the stage as hoards of photographers try to get a picture of the ‘Money Man’
Mayweather adjusts his glasses as he addresses the crowd at the Grand Arrival at
Mayweather is surrounded by body guards and trailed by a hefty entourage as he makes his way out of the Toshiba Plaza
McGregor was originally scheduled to arrive at 1.30pm (PT) but kept his loyal fans waiting for well over an hour and a half in 37-degree heat before Mayweather decided to jump the gun and step on to the stage ahead of his opponent.
The 40-year-old wore a casual shirt with a trilby and glasses as he made his way through the hoards of photographers and greeted fans, many of whom appeared to make their allegiance towards McGregor clear with jeers and boos.
His nemesis was not far behind and was there shaking hands with the Irish fans shortly after Mayweather took his leave. He defied the scorching temperatures to don a full dark suit, in keeping with the formal style he has retained throughout their promotional tour.
McGregor stated: ‘I am calm and cold, the same way I am before every contest. I’m ready to get in and do the business. I fit, I’m sharp and I’m going to do the business in there.’
Asked for his prediction on the fight, McGregor said: ‘I believe he will be unconscious inside one round.’
The final press conference before the fight is due to take place on Wednesday (8pm BST) in what will be the final opportunity for the famously talkative opponents to trade insults and perhaps steal a mental advantage ahead of their bout.
Nathan Cleverly (right) and Badou Jack face up to one another as the undercard fighters meet ahead of McGregor’s arrival