Crazy new footage of Floyd Mayweather looking absolutely exhausted…
Drawing closer to the August 26 date and all eyes are on Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Ahead of their scheduled boxing clash this Summer, Mayweather and McGregor have been all over the headlines.
We perhaps didn’t see the real picture during the four-day world tour. Fans who’ve followed combat sports for some time can see through those types of shows. In reality, this bout is a highly skilled elite boxing champion fighting a mixed martial artist in the squared circle.
Look a little closer, and you’ll see a contrast of age, experience, and size.
Mayweather May Have Lost a Step…or Two
Having already admitted he’s ‘lost step,’ Mayweather’s age is becoming a factor. Last competing when he was 38 against Andre Berto, a certain amount of ring rust may also be present for ‘Money.’
During this video shot by FightHype.com, Mayweather appears completely shattered from a late night training session. Perhaps it’s some mind games, or maybe the boxing great really is feeling the gruelling effects:
Speaking with ESPN.com, Mayweather furthered the trail of thought that he’s over the hill. Considering the perceived gap in skill, as McGregor is not a boxer, could ‘Money’ be planting a seed of doubt on purpose?
“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.”
“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.”
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“I used to have a 90 percent knockout ratio,” Mayweather said of his punching power early in his career. “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,” Mayweather said of McGregor. “I owe the public because of the Pacquiao fight. They weren’t pleased with that. They’re gonna be pleased with this fight here.”
Interesting read, but as mentioned is Mayweather simply trying to up the buy rate? Maybe if ‘Money’ had spoken this candidly during the world tour, instead of screaming ‘YEAAH’ every 30 seconds, the ticket sales for August 26 wouldn’t be struggling as much.