By Scoop Malinowski
Some of the most interesting aspects of today’s McGregor vs Mayweather final press conference were how Floyd Mayweather again sounded weak and lacking confidence, only going so far to say that McGregor can give it but he has to be able to take it. Not a peep about kicking ass, or easy work, or boasting about TBE giving this UFC punk a boxing lesson.
Meanwhile, McGregor again sounds like the one who is a hundred percent assured of victory. “After I get the victory on Saturday night, I might compete in both sports (boxing and UFC). Or I might create a hybrid sport. The sky’s the limit.”
Mayweather thanked everyone, his family, the MGM hotel. The Nevada Commission, the WBC, Dana White, his father, but he would not go close to guaranteeing a win or even express even a hint of cockiness or arrogance. It’s really as if he has been forced into the fight against his will. And he knows he has to take the L.
And McGregor even insinuated his 40-year-old opponent has made a colossal error by spreading himself too thin, during the question and answer segment of the press conference. McGregor noted Mayweather’s gambling issues: “He’s got a huge gambling problem. He likes to show his wins but he never shows his losses. Maybe that’s why he is in the position he’s in – he has to take this fight.”
Could it be possible that Mayweather’s gambling losses have crippled his ability to pay the IRS bill of approximately $25,000,000 and endangered his ultra luxury lifestyle?
Could it be possible that Floyd’s gambling problems have grown out of control and now he needs to throw this fight in order to regain his bank balance?
Based on how strangely weak and impotent Floyd has sounded for the last month in all of his interviews, I would answer a resounding yes.
My prediction is McGregor by knockout.
Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday from KA Theatre at MGM Grand:
“I’ve been here so many times. I know what it takes for a fight of this magnitude. I’m thankful to everyone who has covered this event. Everyone can talk about different storylines, but it comes down to two fighters. Just me and the guy I’m competing against.
“I had a tremendous training camp. We had a lot of different guys who gave me different looks. To compete in a combat sport, you have to be a fighter at the end of the day. To be in this sport for 21 years, I had to take it extremely seriously, just like I did for this bout.
“Everyone knows I can fight. I can give it and I can take. But to get to 49-0, it’s obvious that I’m not receiving it, I’m giving it a lot more often.
“Conor McGregor is a hell of a fighter. He’s a tough competitor. It’s going to be blood sweat and tears Saturday night. That’s what we want to give people all around the world. Now it comes down to the two of us going out there and displaying our skills.
“The best fighting the best. He’s the best at what he does, I’m the best at what I do. We can both do a lot of talking, but it comes down to the skills. We’re going to compete and give you what you want to see.
“After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here. One thing you must know about combat sports, if you give it, you must be able to take it. Last time I checked, no one is walking me down. It’s all about my IQ and patience in the ring.
“We’re both real fighters. We’re two huge names in combat sports. He’s made a mark the last few years and I’ve made a mark for 21 years. Now it’s time to go do what we do best and fight.
“I go out there and do what I do. I’ve been here before and fought many different fighters with different styles. There have been plenty of guys who talked a lot of trash, but when it’s all said and done, I came out victorious.
“We prepare for this every day at the Mayweather Boxing Club. We’re built for this stage. We have a lot of young fighters and guys with more experience going toe-to-toe every day. We’re always talking trash to each other and staying in each other’s ear.
“This is great for the city of Las Vegas. It’s all about giving back and I’m giving back to my home of Las Vegas. This city has welcomed me with open arms from day one. We’re doing great numbers. It’s the biggest fight in history. It’s not just a fight, it’s an event. It’s all about breaking my own records.
“I’ve said it’s not going the distance and you can mark my words. I know he’s going to come out and switch and go back and forth with stances. It’s my job to execute my game plan and adjust if I have to.”
“We’re here now. It’s a couple days out. We’ve had a lot of crazy events but this is nice and business-like. I’m very happy with how camp has gone. Everything has been absolutely amazing. I have to shout out my team and everyone who’s been involved with camp. We’re prepared for 12 rounds of nonstop pace. I will go forward and put the pressure on and break this old man.
“He made a big error agreeing to the eight ounce gloves. I don’t see him lasting two rounds. I think I could end him in one round if I want. He messed up. I’m very happy with these gloves. I don’t care where your hands are, I’m going to break through whatever is in front of me.
“I really appreciate the support from everyone back home and all over the world, it’s been very humbling and motivating. That’s why I’ve put in such hard work for this fight. I’m going to go out and perform. I’m going to out box this man at his own game. That’s how much of a different level I’m on.
“When it’s all said and done I’m going to feel a little bit sad. You should have kept your mouth shut and left me over where I was. This man is not on my level. He’s not a quarter of the man I am. Everyone is going to eat their words on Saturday.
“He’s a beaten man. He will not be able to take the ferociousness that I come with. I’m very confident. I have more skills in many areas and as a true martial artist, I can adapt to any situation.
“I’ve never missed weight in my life and it won’t be happening this time. I’ve had my nutritionist practically living with me throughout camp. We are ready and feel great at the weight right now. The weight has been taken seriously and Floyd can keep wishing that I’ll miss weight.
“I’ve made it through shin bones that bounced off my cheekbone. That’s the game I come from. They can say what they want, but I’ve come through a lot tougher than what any of these fighters he’s faced have gone through.”