Sunday 17 December 2017

Floyd Mayweather admits Conor McGregor has edge over him: 'I'm not what I used to be'

Conor McGregor, right, and Floyd Mayweather, left, will go head-to-head in the ring on August 26
Conor McGregor, right, and Floyd Mayweather, left, will go head-to-head in the ring on August 26 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Floyd Mayweather has continued the mind games ahead of his super-fight with Conor McGregor by claiming his younger opponent has a whole host of advantages.

Speaking to ESPN, Mayweather said physical differences between the rivals mean that "on paper, it [the fight] leans towards McGregor."

He also said he has aged and is no longer the fighter he "used to be", and that the 11-year age gap gives McGregor a significant edge.

"He's a lot younger. When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he's taller, has a longer reach, he's a bigger man from top to bottom. Youth is on his side.

"And I've been off a couple of years. And I'm in my 40s. So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor."

Asked why he wasn't taking the opportunity to assert his superiority over his opponent, Mayweather replied: "I'm older. I'm not the same fighter I was two years ago. I'm not the same fighter I was five years ago. I lost a step.

“A fighter like Andre Berto isn't even supposed to go the distance with Floyd Mayweather, but remember, I was 38. It's obvious I'm slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like that go the distance with me.

“I'm not what I used to be.

"I used to have a 90 percent knockout ratio. Its obvious I slipped somewhere. Something has taken a toll on my career.”

Mayweather admitted he will take a different approach to his usual defensive stance, owing to the reaction to his contest with Manny Pacquiao in 2015. That fight had a huge build-up but did not live up to what many fans had hoped for in terms of action or drama.

"This can't be a defensive fight. I have to go to him," Mayweather said. "I owe the public because of the Pacquiao fight. They weren't pleased with that. They're gonna be pleased with this fight here."

The much-hyped bout between boxer Mayweather and UFC star McGregor will take place on Saturday 26 August in Las Vegas.

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