Conor McGregor expects a quick night against Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor may be one of the hardest punchers
in the UFC and MMA but switching to boxing to fight
the undefeated Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will
present the biggest challenge of his career, with
the two sports being more different than meets the
eye.

Conor McGregor trains during a media workout.

“MYSTIC Mac” is back ahead of his showdown with Floyd
“Money” Mayweather and he’s predicting a quick night’s
work.

Conor McGregor is known for making bold predictions before a
fight and he used his media workout to declare his latest.

Floyd Mayweather has proposed the two fighters sport
eight-ounce boxing gloves for their August 27 (AEST) showdown,
something the Nevada Athletic Commission will vote on next
week.

Conor McGregor trains during a workout for the media.

Conor McGregor trains during a
workout for the media.
Source:AP

But McGregor has sent a warning to the undefeated boxing
legend, saying he doesn’t see the fight going very long if he’s
allowed to sport the lighter gloves.

“Trust me if we’re eight ounces, I’m struggling to give him two
rounds,” McGregor told reporters. “That’s the god honest truth.
The only reason I maybe give him two rounds is because in this
game, the referee stops me pounding his head into the canvas
and he gets ten seconds to recover.

“That’s the only reason he might get to the second round. If
it’s ten ounces, maybe four rounds.

“I will knock him out bad — he is too small.”

The Nevada commission typically mandates 10-ounce gloves be
worn in boxing bouts at 147 pounds (66 kilograms) or heavier.
Mayweather and McGregor is taking place at 154 pounds (69kg).

But given the fact a 49-0 fighter is facing someone on their
boxing debut, it’s not the first time traditional rules have
been altered in the unique showdown.

The UFC lightweight champion speaks to the media.

The UFC lightweight champion
speaks to the media.
Source:AFP

McGregor held his media workout in Las Vegas on Friday
(Saturday morning AEST) and said he had watched Floyd
Mayweather’s exhibition a day earlier, and wasn’t impressed.

“I see a beaten man in his eyes, in his body language, in
everything he does,” McGregor said.

“In my mind, it’s an easy fight.”

When asked what makes him so confident heading into what is the
biggest test of his combat sports career, McGregor offered a
short response. “I get it from hard work,” McGregor said. “I
get it from the work I put in.”

McGregor also used his session to blast his critics in the
media. Some commentators have said he and Mayweather have
turned the fight promotion into a sideshow. But the Irish UFC
star told those present at his training session that they
should embrace the fact he is different.

“Don’t act like you’re not excited by all this,” McGregor said.
“You’re sick of the boxing game, you know it.

“You’re sick of everyone in the boxing game, same s***, same
boring s***.

“To all of boxing. It’s OK to love me as much as I love me.”

McGregor hits a heavy bag at the UFC Performance Institute.

McGregor hits a heavy bag at
the UFC Performance Institute.
Source:AFP

Several fighters took exception to those comments on social
media and poked fun at McGregor’s boxing workout — in
particular former middleweight world champion, Sergio Mora.

It is a continuation of the trash talk between both sides of
the combat sports world, started by Paulie Malignaggi, who
lashed out at McGregor after their heated sparring sessions
last week.

Malignaggi said he was set up and made to look stupid by the
McGregor camp after “beating up” McGregor — but the UFC star
has returned serve.

“He can say what he wants. He got his ego badly dented,”
McGregor told reporters. “He got his a** whooped. He was
flattened, what can I say. It did not go well for him.

“When I was hearing all the stuff he was saying, I said, ‘it’s
concussion talk’, the man was badly badly concussed. I mean
look at his face, he got busted up bad.”

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