FLOYD MAYWEATHER has piled the pressure on himself AND boxing by saying he MUST KO Conor McGregor. Few are betting on the UFC star to pull off a shock victory at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26th.
But Mayweather, who won 26 of his 49 fights by KO, said: “It is a victory for him. If he goes the distance, it’s a victory for him. In my eyes, also.”
Mayweather, 40, took part in an open training session last night at the T-Mobile Arena.
Fans were able to see a glimpse of the skills which saw the former five-division world champion end his career undefeated.
McGregor, meanwhile, showcased his new Versace robe, which he will presumably wear for this month’s showdown.
The 29-year-old reckons he can go where no man has gone before and stop Mayweather, predicting a fourth-round finish.
But Mayweather said: “He believes it’s not gonna go past four, and I believe that it’s not going to 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.”
The pair have traded verbal blows ahead of their hotly-anticipated encounter, with Mayweather risking a homophobic storm after calling the Irishman a “f****t”.
McGregor also found himself in hot water when he was accused by his opponent of referring to black people as “monkeys”.
Money apologised for his comments, but insists McGregor was out of order for his own words.
He said: “There are certain boundaries you just don’t cross.
“In the press tour when I said something toward lesbians or gays when I said something toward him. I apologised.
“But him calling us monkeys, you have to realise, we went through years and years of up and down. Black Americans went through a lot.
“But I’m a strong individual. We live and we learn and hopefully after August 26, he won’t be speaking that same language.”