Mayweather vows to floor McGregor

Boxer Floyd Mayweather prepares for a workout this week ahead of his match against Connor McGregor, which could be one of the richest fights in history
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Floyd Mayweather has said he has done his homework on mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and promised their multimillion dollar fight in Las Vegas on August 26 will not go the distance.

Both fighters have now tipped a knockout finish to the hotly anticipated bout between arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time and the explosive UFC champion.

“Expect excitement. He’s gonna talk trash, I’m gonna talk trash, there’s gonna be a lot of blood, sweat and tears,” Mayweather told reporters at a media conference at his gym in Las Vegas.

He was casually dressed in a black T-shirt and shorts and the bluster and profanity of the recent four-city promotional tour undertaken with McGregor was replaced by a more sober analysis.

“It’s about doing your homework. It’s not really watching fight tapes; it’s about knowing the person you’re facing across the ring from you.

“You want to know what they like to eat, what they’re doing when they’re not in camp,” the undefeated 40-year-old said.

“That’s called really doing your due diligence, doing your homework on your opponent.”

Mayweather brushed off suggestions that the left-handed McGregor might cause him problems.

“Last time I checked I was undefeated, whether it was orthodox or southpaw.

“McGregor, he’s gonna come out and keep switching [stances] . . . but when you keep switching all you’re doing is burning energy.”

The brash 29-year-old Irishman, who has never boxed professionally, became the first UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously when he added the lightweight belt to the featherweight title he already held last November.

Having scored two knockouts to win his belts, McGregor has confidently predicted he will floor Mayweather within four rounds to hand the American his first defeat in what will be his 50th professional bout.

“He’s looking forward to getting out there and ending the fight early. I’m looking forward to going out there and ending the fight early. It won’t go the distance,” Mayweather said.

“He’s confident. They’re always confident, but it’s different when you get in there with Floyd Mayweather.”

WBA light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will defend his title against Sweden’s Badou Jack, who is promoted by Mayweather, on the under-card of the Las Vegas bout.

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