Conor McGregor has extreme confidence that he will shock the world and down Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his own backyard.
The UFC lightweight champion is set to make his professional boxing debut against the undefeated 49-0 Mayweather on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in just two weeks' time (Sat. August 26, 2016). It is scheduled to go 12 rounds at 154 pounds while both men wear eight ounce gloves. It was originally planned that both men would wear 10 ounce gloves, however, after some bickering back-and-forth the Nevada Athletic Commission agreed to allow the use of eight ounces to better McGregor's chance at a knockout.
"The Notorious One" was recently a guest on Conan O'Brien's show to discuss his mega match against Mayweather, and claimed that the former boxing king won't make it out of the first round when they collide (quotes via MMA Fighting):
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“I said four, but that’s me being humble,” the UFC lightweight champion told Conan O’Brien. “I don’t believe he will even exit the first round, but I’m trying to be humble on national TV. So I say four — inside four.”
“I think the styles of opponents that Floyd has faced have moved in a certain way,” McGregor said. “The boxing game is almost set in its way, I feel. Their feet are flat. They have no spring in and out. Compare that with a mixed martial artist, they can bounce in and out at a fast tempo.
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"So I believe I will paint pictures in there that he has never seen or the boxing community has never seen before and that will cause him big trouble.
“Factor that in with the precision and the punching power — it only takes me one shot. I’ve KO’d men inside three seconds. I won the UFC title in 13 seconds. So, factor in all those things — with the punching power and the precision — it’s over for Floyd and that’s it.”
“I will go in and dismantle him at his own game,” McGregor said. “That’s what a true martial artist can do, they can adapt under any circumstance. Bruce Lee said, ‘be like water,’ and when the water enters a cup, it becomes the cup.
"That’s the philosophy I’m going into this contest. It doesn’t matter what ruleset or stipulations they try and put on me, I can adapt and overcome any situation. And that’s what I will do on Aug. 26.”
“I’m feeling very confident I can walk through any shot and break him down,” McGregor said.
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