The much-anticipated boxing super fight between boxing star Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is just fifteen days away, and as August 26th draws closer and closer it seems that everyone is keeping tabs on the two combat sports athletes. It’s only natural as the greatest defensive boxer of all time plans to have his fiftieth professional fight against a man who has never boxed professionally ever, right?
There’s some serious difference between the two sports stars, aside from their experience in the ring. Mayweather has admitted he’s “lost a step,” with McGregor’s significant age difference being a possible factor in the bout for the ageing boxer. Mayweather, now forty years old, last competed in the ring at the age of thirty-eight against Andre Berto, while McGregor is many years his junior at just twenty-nine years of age.
The years certainly seem to be piling on for Mayweather, who in the video you’re about to see seems to be completely destroyed following a late night workout. Mayweather elaborated on his thoughts about his age in an interview with ESPN, saying that the age gap between the two men definitely sees McGregor gaining some advantages.
“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. He’s a lot younger, so youth is on his side,” Mayweather said of McGregor, who is 29. “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,” said Mayweather.
“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,” he said. “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,” he said, lamenting the loss of power that seems to have happened over the many years Mayweather has spent in the ring. “It’s obvious I slipped somewhere. Something has taken a toll on my career.”
“I didn’t say I couldn’t fight. I just said I’m not the same Floyd Mayweather I once was.”
“This can’t be a defensive fight. I have to go to him,” he said, obviously thinking back on a few of his last fights where he was criticised by some fans for “running”.
“I owe the public because of the Pacquiao fight. They weren’t pleased with that. They’re gonna be pleased with this fight here.”
Check out the video of Mayweather post workout below, and let us know if you think he’s still young enough to compete with an athlete like Conor McGregor.