Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.is dismissing the notion that he'll annihilate UFC fighter Conor McGregor on August 26 - as most of the boxing world and Las Vegas bettors believe he will. Mayweather has acknowledged that he's "lost a step".
"I just thought about all of our different leaders - Martin Luther King, Malcolm X - that went on the frontline for me and all of my loved ones". And I'm in my 40s. "I lost a step", Mayweather told Smith, per ESPN.com. It's obvious I'm slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like that go the distance with me.
Asked by Smith why he wasn't brashly proclaiming McGregor has no chance in their fight, Mayweather said simply, "I'm older". When an undefeated Muhammad Ali arrived to fight George Chuvalo in 1966, he learned locals were indifferent to a bout against a challenger who had lost his previous fight, and who signed for this one just 17 days earlier. "It's obvious I slipped somewhere". Something has taken a toll on my career ...
In actuality, the closest Mayweather ever was to a 90 percent knockout ratio was seven fights into his career, when he had six knockouts for an 86 percent clip.
Interest in the Mayweather-McGregor fight is apparently flagging with ESPN reporting this week that there are a lot of tickets being sold in the secondary market.
Here's the video of Mayweather convincing us that this will be a killer match. He fought Manny Pacquiao in a fight that drew 4.6 million PPV buys.
Mayweather is 49-0 in the ring, with clean wins over numerous best boxers of his generation, including Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
Fans are much more likely to spend money to watch the fight if they believe McGregor is an actual threat to Mayweather.
"This can't be a defensive fight. It didn't push a button to make me jump out of my character and go insane, but I didn't like it". They call it the "sweet science" for a reason and Mayweather's 49 professional fights could end up being the only advantage he needs.