By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
CONOR McGREGOR insists he has the power to back up his trash talking and pull off a huge shock against Floyd Mayweather Jr on August 26.
It will be the first time the Irish mixed martial arts fighter has ever boxed professionally and five-weight world champion Mayweather is a big betting favourite for the light-middleweight fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The pair swapped insults over a four-city tour which ended in London on Friday night with two-weight UFC champion McGregor, 29, promising a KO to silence those who say the fight is a money-grabbing mismatch.
He said: “You can say pretty much anything in other games and there’s no date to answer to it. In the fight game, you can say anything but there’s a date you have to come up with an answer and on August 26 I’m ready to go and answer that.
“The little b*stard does look good for 40, but his frame is just too small. I think when he comes up against my style he will have trouble in it, the way he approaches fights.
“When I come face to face with men I can tell by their facial structure. Big eastern European m***** f*****s and I’m looking at their skull and I can tell it’s going to take a few smacks to put these guys away.
“Floyd is definitely not going to take the shots. The legs and the core and stability doesn’t support him against this animal. He’s in over his head with this. He doesn’t know what he’s got himself into. That’s what I said to the CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe. I said that it falls on his shoulders. He has brought him back in here, he didn’t manage his money properly.
McGregor, known as The Notorious, was unemployed a week before his first UFC fight four years ago but can expect to make over £80m from the fight after a media tour to Los Angeles, Toronto, New York and London.
He said: “Anything can be achieved if you put your head down and do your work and believe in yourself, speak with confidence and whatever you do you speak with no fear. Being able to do that inspires me.”
McGregor has mercilessly mocked Mayweather this week and is not overawed by the occasion, which could become boxing’s richest fight in history and make more than the $623.5m that Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao generated in 2015.