FLOYD Mayweather Jr doesn’t see his coming fight with Conor McGregor ending up as boring as his showdown with Manny Pacquiao, promising fireworks when the two finally meet in the ring this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Two years since scoring a unanimous decision win over Pacquiao to unify the welterweight title belts in what went down as the most anticipated fight in boxing history, the 40-year-old undefeated fighter admitted the 2015 match didn’t live up to the hype largely due to the undoing of the legendary Filipino southpaw.
Mayweather won the richest fight in the annals of prizefighting by scores of 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112. Pacquiao disclosed afterwards he suffered a torn rotator cuff on his shoulder early in the bout and fought through the pain the rest of the way.
“The Pacquiao fight wasn’t exciting enough,” said Mayweather during the Grand Arrival ceremony Wednesday (Manila time) at the Toshiba Plaza, heralding fight week between two of the most decorated fighters in boxing and MMA.
“That was on Pacquiao,” he quipped. “But I have to give the fans a great show this time.”
By that he meant fighting toe-to-toe with his 29-year-old opponent from Ireland and not be the defensive boxer he has largely been known his entire career.
Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) has not fought since retiring at the end of a 12-round unanimous decision win over Andre Berto at the MGM Grand on Sept. 2015. He acknowledged McGregor being a tough competitor who’s expected to give him a tough fight.
But in an unusual Mayweather manner, the five-division world champion sees himself winning by stoppage over the loud-mouthed Irishman.
“There is one thing I do know, this fight is not going the distance,” Mayweather boasted. “No matter what anyone says, it’s not going the distance.”
The feeling is mutual for McGregor as the two-time UFC champion vows to knock out the proud American early in the bout.
“If people are overlooking my size, power, and youth, they shouldn’t be. I’m very confident in those attributes. I believe I’ll knock him out early,” said McGregor, who is clearly the crowd favorite, but not exactly the choice of fight experts to win.
McGregor even bragged Mayweather wouldn’t last a round or two against him.
“If you look at the way I fight, I am a fast starter. I come out and bang people right away,” he said at the top of his voice. “With eight-ounce gloves, I don’t see him lasting more than one or two rounds.”