Today Floyd Mayweather participated in a media call to preview his August 26 fight against MMA superstar Conor McGregor.
During the call, Mayweather touched on a number of subjects leading into the bout, from the announcement that 8 oz. gloves would be used to his take on McGregor’s sparring footage with Paulie Malignaggi.
Asked whether this would indeed be his last fight, or if he would come out of retirement again as he had multiple times in the past, Floyd had this to say:
“This is my last one, ladies and gentlemen. I gave my word to my family.”
Speaking on the footage of McGregor sparring with Paulie Malignaggi, which was released by UFC President Dana White late last week, Mayweather was unconcerned with whether or not McGregor knocked the former two-time champion down.
Instead, Floyd pointed to a number of dirty tactics used by McGregor during the short clips.
“A lot of illegal shots. I’m sure in the fight, the referee will be fair. I want him to be fair.”
Mayweather clarifying his recent statements that he was “slipping” due to his age and is not the fighter he once was:
“I train, but at my age now rest is very, very important….I’m not the same as I was 20, 10, 5, or 2 years ago but the experience factor will always be mine.”
Much of the criticism levied at Mayweather ahead of this bout stems from him seeking his 50th professional win against an MMA fighter that has never boxed professionally before. Mayweather sees things differently. Asked whether it’s him or McGregor that is taking the bigger risk on August 26, Floyd said:
“I truly believe I am taking the bigger risk…I have the 49-0 record. When a fighter has been dominating for 20-some years and never lost, everything is on the line. My legacy, my boxing record. Everything is on the line.”