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Rap Legend Doug E. Fresh Surprise-Hyped Floyd Mayweather and the Internet Is Baffled

”Doug E Fresh stalling this McGregor/Mayweather press conference might be the most cringe thing I’ve ever watched,“ one user remarks

Doug E. Fresh made a surprise appearance at the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor New York City press tour Thursday night, and people are really, really confused.

As the progenitor of beatboxing, Doug E. Fresh is one of the most influential artists in hip-hop. He reached peak popularity in the mid-1980s with hits like “The Show” and “La Di Da Di.”

But of course, many of the younger viewers who tuned in to the pre-fight festivities don’t know that, which is why they were confused when the MC emerged as if from 1985 in a time machine to interrupt the McGregor/Mayweather press conference. According to Independent, the press conference was already running two hours late because Mayweather reportedly had not yet shown up. Understandably, fans were disgruntled, and Doug E. Fresh’s appearance didn’t help.

The MC took the stage to hype up the crowd while they waited for Mayweather to come out. His 10-minute rap didn’t sit well with the audience. Here are some of their reactions:

Doug E. Fresh was met with boos as soon as he stepped on stage. Luckily, some faithful fans defended his honor on Twitter.

But among all the confusion, there’s a possible explanation for Doug E. Fresh’s appearance. The rapper seems to be friends with Floyd Mayweather. In February of this year, he performed at Mayweather’s 40th birthday gala. Watch video footage of that here.

This New York conference is the second-to-last leg of the Mayweather/McGregor press tour, says Independent. The athletes will make their final appearance in London on Friday. The actual fight is scheduled for August 26 and will be streamed on Showtime via pay-per-view.