Floyd Mayweather has guaranteed that he will knock out Conor McGregor as a result of their mega-fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“One hundred percent, it will not go the distance,” said Mayweather on Wednesday. “One hundred percent chance this fight won’t go the distance. We’re going to come out there from the opening bell and drop bombs.”
While Floyd Mayweather is merely predicting the fight won’t go all 12 rounds, Conor McGregor has claimed since the fight was officially announced that he’d put Mayweather away in four rounds or less. The Irishman believes his power will allow him to the first to ever defeat Mayweather.
The thing is, Floyd Mayweather is not known as a knockout artist. While he is one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all-time and owns a lifetime record of 49-0, only 26 of his wins have come via knockout, and 18 of those knockouts have been technical knockouts.
As they look to take the Pay Per View numbers beyond the five million mark and sell some of the remaining tickets – with the cheapest being over a thousand dollars, there are still a good few left – the message they want to get across is that this will be a close, brutal, hard-fought contest.
Floyd Mayweather claims that no matter what happens in the ring on Saturday’s he’s going to walk away from competition for good and ride off peacefully into retirement.
Conor McGregor has predicted a knockout from even before the fight was made official. He initially predicted he would stop Mayweather in the fourth round. Then, after the Nevada State Athletic Commission agreed to grant a one-fight waiver to reduce the size of the gloves from the standard 10 ounces for junior middleweight fights to 8 ounces, which are for fights under 147 pounds, a thrilled McGregor predicted he would stop Mayweather inside two rounds.
“Floyd can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. He can talk any kind of trash he wants, because he’s talking to the new God of boxing,” Ireland’s McGregor, 29, said. “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.
“If you look at the way I fight, I am a fast starter. I come out and bang people right away. With 8-ounce gloves, I don’t see him lasting more than one or two rounds.”
Source: espn.com, mirror.co.uk, fanragsports.com, rollingstone.com