Floyd Mayweather believes he will have failed if he is unable to knock out Conor McGregor when they face-off in two weeks in Las Vegas
The August 26th fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is due to be set for 12 rounds, yet if McGregor lasts that long it will be seen in many quarters as a victory for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight champion.
“I would say so… If the fight goes the distance it is a win for him. But I don’t think that is going to happen,” claimed Mayweather on Thursday at his open media workout.
“He is going around saying that it will be over in four rounds and he might be right. But it will be because I say so, and not him.”
The possibility of a knockout may have been increased by a preliminary agreement that 8-ounce gloves will be used for the contest. Typically, fights taking place at 154 pounds and above use 10-ounce hand gear, but both fighters have agreed to an exception, which is expected to be rubber-stamped by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“The people should expect entertainment and that is what I am going to give them. They have to understand that this is a show. One of the biggest shows in history. No one is going to be disappointed.”
Mayweather business adviser Leonard Ellerbe claimed that he has never seen the fighter so motivated to secure a knockout at any point of his career.
“I can’t see any way this goes 12 rounds,” Ellerbe said. “I just don’t see it. Either McGregor is going to hit Floyd with a shot and knock him out or Floyd is going to do the same to him.”
Mayweather insisted his trademark defensive style will be out of the window once the bell rings. “I will be coming forward,” he said. “I am coming to get him.”
Story originally from USA Today