Becoming 50-0 or the biggest upset in a major professional sport are two possible outcomes tonight in Las Vegas.
“God only made one thing perfect, and that’s my boxing record,” Mayweather said during a press conference.
Trash talk has been imminent leading up to this fight. Whether it was McGregor calling Mayweather out for not paying his taxes, as he owes the IRS $22 million according to Fox Sports Undisputed, or Mayweather calling McGregor a “hoe” saying UFC President Dana White is “pimpin’ him out.”
Mayweather, 40, coming out of retirement and McGregor, 29, active in UFC, is a topic that Mayweather says gives his opponent an advantage.
“He’s a lot younger…on paper he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man,” Mayweather told Stephen A. Smith. “A lot younger, so youth is on his side and I’ve been off a couple of years…if you look at everything on paper it leans toward Conor McGregor.”
The only reason he’s saying this is to give the audience an illusion that this fight is closer than it really is, says boxing commentator Max Kellerman on ESPN’s “First Take.”
While Mayweather at times dials back to give credit to McGregor, McGregor keeps his foot on the gas pedal when it comes to trash talking. He’s yet to show any signs of respect to Money May.
“I’m going to fuck this boy up,” McGregor said during the fight’s final press conference August 23. “And when it’s all said and done I’m going to feel a little bit sad because you should have all kept your mouth shut. You should have left me in that [UFC] game that I’m from, that more ruthless game where we bounce heads off the canvas and drill them into the floor.
“This man is not on my level, he’s not even the quarter of the man I am.”
Mayweather took the time to say it won’t be easy and praised White as the two known each other for 21 years. He admires what White has done for McGregor in the UFC realm and anticipates a big fight for the “two biggest names in combat sports.”
“Conor McGregor is a hell of a fighter,” Mayweather said during the final press conference. “It’s gonna be blood, sweat and tears Saturday. That’s what we’re here to give the fans all around the world…He’s the best at what he do…in the octagon he’s undefeated standing up.
“After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here.”
While prepared for 12 rounds the fight will end earlier, says McGregor.
Talking confident in the final press conference perhaps actions speak louder than words. During the world tour press conference Mayweather asked McGregor to bet on the fight if he’s confident.
“Bet your purse on it bitch,” Mayweather told McGregor.
During the final press conference this week it was revealed Mayweather promised to make the biggest bet in his career on himself to win the fight. McGregor is reluctant to bet.
“Maybe, I don’t know. I certainly know I’m going to win [the fight]” McGregor said. “I think he (Mayweather) has a big time gambling problem from seeing him. He shows what his wins are but he never shows what his losses are. That’s probably why he’s in this position that he’s in and he had to take this fight. Look I’m focused on the fight, not gambling.”
Fights on but for McGregor bets are off. Maybe he knows as well as Kellerman he has no chance to defeat the undefeated boxer who will surpass Rocky Marciano for the most victories for an undefeated fighter with no draws if Mayweather in fact becomes victorious tonight.