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McGregor: I'll Be 170-Plus in There, Mayweather Won't Last!

By Keith Idec

Conor McGregor admits he is impressed by Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s speed, reflexes and experience.

But the boxing legend just isn’t a big enough man to withstand his power, according to McGregor. The UFC superstar assured a group of reporters Friday night that size definitely will matter when the Irish southpaw opposes the heavily favored Mayweather on August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The contract weight for their 12-round boxing match is 154 pounds, a weight Mayweather usually doesn’t even reach when he isn’t training for a fight.

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McGregor, meanwhile, fought Nate Diaz twice in 2016 at the mixed martial arts welterweight limit of 170 pounds. He expects to out-weigh Mayweather by 15-20 pounds once their pay-per-view fight starts two weeks from Saturday night.

“He’s too small,” McGregor said after an open workout at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. “He’s not gonna last. He’s not gonna take the shots. You ain’t never seen me troubled by no small man. You can say what you want. Nate was 200 pounds [in the Octagon]. This man is 150. And if he’s not 150, he’s out of shape. If he’s 154, 155, 156, he’s too heavy.

“He needs to be leaner to be in peak physical condition. One-fifty, I’d say he’s in peak [condition]. So if he comes in any heavier than that, he’s not in peak physical condition. If he comes in at 150, he’s in peak physical condition, but he’s 150 pounds. I’m gonna be 170-plus on the night. I don’t know what else to say. It’s over before it even begins. Trust me on that.”

This is just the fourth fight in the undefeated Mayweather’s 20-year pro boxing career for which the contract weight exceeded the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. The Grand Rapids, Michigan, native has never weighed in at more than 151 pounds for any of his 49 professional fights.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IronDanHamza on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=Superbee;17947249]I'd say the "size" difference between Diaz and McGregor is about the same as McGregor vs Floyd... Diaz is significantly bigger the Mcgregor at his walk around weight even though McGregor was dehydrating in the danger zone for each of…

Comment by Julia Slobberts on 08-13-2017

I think the only way Floyd doesn't knock him out is if he injures one or both of his hands, in which case he would win 120-108.

Comment by commonsense on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=Superbee;17947249]I'd say the "size" difference between Diaz and McGregor is about the same as McGregor vs Floyd... [/QUOTE] Not quite... [img]http://www2.cdn.sherdog.com/_images/pictures/20160224052946_McGregor_Diaz27.JPG[/img] [img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/02/24/23/318798B700000578-3462957-image-m-11_1456356542587.jpg[/img]

Comment by Superbee on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;17945174]There's no evidenxe Diaz was 200 lbs. He's just making that up. They both weigh about 170 and cut to make 155. The whole "size" excuse is a joke.[/QUOTE] I'd say the "size" difference between Diaz and McGregor is about…

Comment by snoopy360 on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=el***;17945371]That left landed right on the button. Had no effect though and mcgreggor was throwing all arm punches, then it came out this was from the 11th round, so he was gassed as hell at that point. His only chance…

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