Mayweather: If McGregor lasts 12 rounds it’s a victory for him
Everyone agrees that Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor under MMA rules would be over in moments. And most sober-minded people agree that McGregor has a vanishingly small chance of beating Mayweather under boxing rules, when they meet on August 26.
Supremely confident, Mystic Mac predicts a knockout victory in Round 4. But Mayweather has never been knocked out. Mayweather has never lost in a 20+ year pro career, 19 of it at the world championship level. Mayweather has never even been knocked down. With that in mind, many people think that McGregor lasting all 12 rounds will be a victory of sorts, and during a media workout on Thursday, Mayweather agreed.
“He believes it’s not gonna go past four, and I believe that it’s not gonna go the distance at all. He feels one way, I feel another way. we’re both confident in our skills. We’ll just have to see.”
Earlier this week Mayweather argued with a straight face that on paper McGregor has the edge. The 40-year-old fighter made clear that he did not feel that McGregor, 29, would win.
“Of course, the so-called boxing experts, they say things like, ‘Oh when a guy is bigger and stronger, that means he’s better,’” said Mayweather. “What I’m saying is this: On paper, we know he’s taller, we know he has a longer reach, we know youth is on his side. OK? And I guess everybody is saying power is on his side. But I’m saying IQ is on my side, experience is on my side, and I think just fighting knowledge is on my side.
“So I never said that I feel that I’m gonna lose. I never get involved in anything if I think I’m gonna take a loss. That’s like me saying, ‘Yes I’m gonna invest my money, but I know I’m gonna take a loss, but I’m still gonna invest it.’”
“Even like right now, I know how much Conor McGregor is down to, his weight. He was a little bit heavy, I think he’s at 160 now. So he’s down. I know what’s going on.”
“It’s about doing your homework. It’s not really watching fight tapes. It’s really just knowing the person you’re facing, that’s across the ring from you. You want to know what that person likes to eat, you want to know what that person is doing when they’re not in training camp. If they’re drinking, how much they’re drinking, who they’re hanging out with. Those are the things that you want to know. Thats called really doing your due diligence and your homework on your opponent. Not just watching fight tapes.”
“When it’s something of this magnitude, this is not just a fight. This is an event. This is billion-dollar fight, it’s an event. I think we both owe the fans as well as the public, everyone that’s tuning in, I think that we both should give them excitement.”
MayMac will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017.