Shine Fight Promotions hosted a press conference yesterday in New York City at Victor's Cafe to promote its upcoming “Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas” mixed martial arts pay-per-view event, to be held on May 15 in Fayetteville, N.C. Thanks to the two headlining stars in attendance, former world champion boxer Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga and UFC veteran Din "Dinyero" Thomas, the afternoon was not short on entertainment, as the resulting fireworks ensued.
Mayorga holds a boxing record of 28-7-1, with 22 knockouts. However, his bout with Thomas represents his first foray into MMA, a significant challenge for the Nicaraguan fighter.
The commonality of boxing and MMA, rather than the superiority of one or the other, was highlighted as the press conference began. Boxing analyst Michael Marley held the master of ceremony duties and quickly gave his respects for some recent losses in the boxing community and acknowledged the rich history of pugilism in New York, as the state, by some accounts, prepares to clear the way for regulated MMA events some time next year.
As Mayorga, also known as "The Madman from Managua," made his entrance to the press conference he unleashed an insult filled tirade toward Thomas through his interpreter. His humorous and abrasive commentary continued when it was his turn at the microphone.
At first respectful to both the promoters and his opponent, Mayorga subsequently mixed in vulgarity, cigarette smoking, and even a glancing backhand to Thomas, before the affair had ended.
Playing off his projected dominance, Mayorga stated, "I'm going to be the man, and you are going to be the woman that night...Watch me win, you have the hands of a little girl and I have the hands of a man."
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