I was really curious to see how the relationship between him and Mayweather changed, if at all, after McGregor’s unsurprising loss. I scanned their post-fight press appearance, and here are a few keys to assess who was the most dominant of the two:
More Touch = More Dominance
The person who touches the people around the most, tends to be perceived as the most dominant. McGregor is visibly more comfortable in touching the people around.
More Gesticulation = More Dominance
People who gesticulate more, tend to be seen as more dominant. That’s because it takes more inner confidence to use the space around, while people who are more nervous and edgy tend to keep their body less visible -such as less moving- and keep their arms closer to their bodies.
At the same time though, more body rocking is a sign of nervousness as we do it to stay a moving target and to be readier to jump in case needed, which is what Mayweather seems to be doing (Winning Body Language).
Louder = More Dominance
Louder people tend to appear as more dominant, or at least they seem confident enough to attract attention (we’ve already spoken that at the upper echelons the most killer dominant ones are more silent, talk little types)
Personal Space Invasion = More Dominance
The person who invades the other person’s space the most, tends to be the most dominant -and most annoying, often-. McGregor does it in a stronger, more pronounced way to Mayweather than the other way around.
More Judging = More Dominance
You don’t usually see the employee complimenting the boss because the person giving compliments tend to have the authority to give those compliments -or feels or behave like he has-.
It should be Mayweather to compliment McGregor the most because it’s his sport –he got the “home boost” advantage– and he is the one who won. the way the conference goes instead McGregor compliments Mayweather as if he were giving him the honors of the war, and Mayweather just plays along listening like a schoolboy and then going for a first bump, which tends to be a slightly submissive gesture -usually it’s the one with the slightly lower status going for fist bumps and high fives to rub off some of the value of the guy above him-.
Later McGregor will also compliment the other guy on stage saying “good job”, in perfectly dominant style.
Rule Breaking = More Dominance
This refers to rule breaking without consequences of course. Breaking the rule and taking the punishment is different.
People toeing the line will watch out for rules because they’re scared of punishment. Dominant people feel and behave like the can break rules because they can either get away with it or they can bear the costs.
It’s a bit of a lower level dominant behavior as it’s brash and crude and it pains me to witness it, but it’s a dominance show nonetheless (higher level authority figures tend not to flaunt the rules, or at least not for everyone to see).
Hitting Back = Dominance
There are two types of dominance, one tends to be more social and one tends to be more aggressive. However, people who feel less confident or lower down in the totem pole are universally more likely to relinquish fighting as a mean to obtain social status. More dominant people instead feel they can -and should- even the scores. Mayweather doesn’t do it, he would rather disengage, but that’s exactly what McGregor does instead when he probably felt Mayweather was coming out on top during the handshake (you can read here a few more high profile handshake battles).
Considering Mayweather was there about to receive the price for having beaten up McGregor (!), I find a huge display of dominance.
McGregor VS Mayweather: Who Dominates – Summary
There are few doubts as to who’s the most dominant among the two.
I would wonder if Mayweather actually felt intimidated by McGregor -my guess is yes-, and how nervous he was -my guess is moderately nervous as he presents many nervousness signs- but there are little doubts as to whom is the most dominant, the most comfortable and the most assertive, and that’s hands down McGregor.
Try Hard Warning
I would also like to note that McGregor can easily come across as trying too hard. His dominance style is indeed very showy and juvenile. And the most experienced and mature people will see through that.
You can see a few of Mayweather’s mishaps and nervous giveaways here: