- Harry How / Getty Images
Former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather says there are six reasons why UFC star Conor McGregor should be seen as the favourite to win their boxing rules contest next month.
Mayweather is a 10/1 bookmakers favourite to defeat McGregor when the two trade punches at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26.
A number of prominent boxers have also said McGregor stands no chance in this fight.
Ricky Hatton, for example, told Business Insider that he expects the fight to last “a few rounds” before Mayweather knocks McGregor out.
Yet Mayweather feels differently.
The 40-year-old says McGregor is 1) younger, 2) taller, 3) has a greater reach (the distance between a fighter’s knuckles and armpit), 4) is an active fighter, and is 5) a heavy hitter. Worryingly, Mayweather also claims that 6) he is yet to formulate a game-plan to beat McGregor.
“Everything is leaning toward Conor McGregor,” Mayweather told journalists on Tuesday. “He’s younger, taller, and has a 74 inch reach (I have 72 inch reach).
“He’s active, whereas I’m inactive. Youth is in his side. He’s in his 20s, I’m in my 40s! He’s also a heavy hitter. He doesn’t have to hit me, for me to know he’s a power puncher.”
Mayweather added: “I don’t know what the game-plan is, I’ll have to speak to my father [his trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr].
“Fans want to see blood, sweat, and tears [but] this training camp has been rough and brutal, I don’t want to fight no more.”
- Steve Marcus / Getty Images
Mayweather told reporters that he is making $100 million (£77.8 million). McGregor believes it is one of the main reasons he signed a contract to fight. “[Mayweather] says he’s taking this fight for the fans but I disagree. He has to take this fight [for the money].”
The IRS said this week that Mayweather still owes $22.2 million (£17.3 million) in taxes from 2015. “He’s in a dire financial situation,” the Irishman said. “It doesn’t look like a good position to be in. He owes his b*******.”
McGregor then had a clear warning for his opponent. “I’m going to kill this man on August 26, I don’t give a b*******.”