With his superfight against Conor McGregor a little over a week away, Floyd Mayweather struck a reflective tone as he discussed the risk of coming out of retirement for a massive payday.
Mayweather, who has not fought in nearly two years, needs a win next week to surpass Rocky Marciano’s record and reach 50-0 for his career, while McGregor, who is making his professional boxing debut, is 21-3 in mixed martial arts.
The fight, which the two combatants promoted with a four-city international media tour stretching across three countries, has garnered plenty of interest despite scepticism about how competitive it will be.
Mayweather, a master defensive technician and tactician, is heavily favoured to win the August 26 (the morning of the 27th on South African time) fight in Las Vegas, but the 40-year-old has said that, on paper, everything leans toward the 29-year-old Irishman, who is taller and has a longer reach.
Mayweather acknowledged the physical demands of training for a fight had become much harder on his body than when in his prime, but said he did not let negative thoughts enter his mind.
Mayweather may be far from his prime, but feels his sheer experience in the ring will carry him through what he says will be his last fight, one that is expected to be the most lucrative event in the history of combat sport.
"Conor McGregor as a fighter, is undefeated. Conor McGregor, standing up as a fighter, is undefeated. Any time Conor McGregor has been defeated, its been on the ground. Standing up, he's undefeated. He's bigger. He's stronger. He has a longer reach. Youth is on his side. With me, I feel, IQ and experience is on my side. He plans on going straight ahead, I plan on straight ahead, it should be an exciting fight," Mayweather told Bernardo Osuna.