After more than two decades in the fight game, Floyd Mayweather believes his experience will be more than enough to dispose of boxing debutant Conor McGregor on August 26.
With the two just days away from “The Money Fight,” Mayweather and McGregor made one final plea to the sports media. Ultimately, the press conference was designed to allow the fighters one last chance to sell their pay-per-view bout to the general public, as they attempt to set an all-time buys record. However, Mayweather used the platform to discuss lessons learned during his historic, undefeated career.
“I’ve been here so many times, and I know what it takes when it’s a fight of this magnitude,” stated Mayweather. “When it’s all said and done, I know one thing that I can do. I can fight.
I can give it, and I can take it. For me to be 49-0, it’s obvious I’m not receiving it, I’m giving it.”
Last seen tying Rocky Marciano’s all-time mark, Mayweather went into retirement follow his September 2015 bout against Andre Berto. But when the opportunity arose to break Marciano’s record against McGregor, a two-division UFC champ with no professional boxing experience, Mayweather answered the call.
The possibility of a record-breaking nine-figure payday also aided Mayweather’s decision to return to action.
“Everybody can talk about betting, everybody can talk about what is gonna happen, what’s not gonna happen. At the end of the day, it comes down to me, and a guy that I’m competing against,” offered Mayweather, who has won five world titles in five different weight classes. “It comes down to me and Conor McGregor going out there, displaying our skills and giving the fans what they want to see. That’s what it’s really about. The best fighting the best.”
During the lead-up to the fight, McGregor, and UFC President Dana White, has continuously referred to Mayweather’s age and athletic decline into his forties. Eleven years McGregor’s elder, Mayweather has been adamant about limiting his training, opting to allow his body time to recover and recuperate, while adding Bikram Yoga to his regimen.
And while Mayweather has been honest that he is no longer the same fighter that he was in his twenties and thirties, he expressed how experience will ultimately be a major advantage come fight night.
“I’ve been here plenty of times. Guys say, ‘oh I’m gonna go to the body on Mayweather, I’m gonna hit him with the right hand, I’m gonna hit him with the left hook’,” commented Mayweather. “After 21 years, I’ve been hit with everything, and I’m still right here.”
Aside from his age, Mayweather addressed further criticism of his “brittle hands,” which has become a major talking point since the Nevada Athletic Commission opted to reduce the originally slated glove size from 10 ounces to eight. He also disregarded claims that he fights “scared,” stating that “it’s called smarts, it’s called having an I.Q., it’s called having patience.”
Furthermore, Mayweather reminded McGregor, and those in attendance, of his career resume, which includes wins over boxing greats like Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Ricky Hatton, which seems to have been lost in the mix as the betting line has greatly shifted in the months since the fight was announced.
“It’s not gonna be easy Conor. It’s not gonna be easy. Remember, Pacquiao got bombs, Canelo got bombs, Shane Mosley had bombs, and all those guys are in the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather added. “Any and everything in boxing that can be done, I done it. Not just once, not just twice, a thousand times was born a fighter, I will die fighter.”
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