We are just two weeks away from Conor McGregor’s professional boxing debut opposite undefeated pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr. Both fighters have put in an incredible amount of preparation and training leading up to their superfight on Aug. 26 live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the confidence is beginning to show. In fact, Mayweather believes he already has a beat on McGregor’s plans for the fight.
“He’s going to come out, and he’s going to keep switching. He’s going to keep switching,” Mayweather said Thursday during his prolonged media workout (video replay here). “I know what he’s going to do. I already know – come out southpaw, then he’s going to switch the other way. He’s going to keep switching. When you keep switching all you do is burning energy. … As you keep switching, keep switching, you’re burning too much energy.”
One of McGregor’s biggest weapons (if he has any) in the fight is the fact that he fights southpaw. Switching up stances would temporarily take that weapon away, but also allow him to show Mayweather different angles and offensive approaches. Either way, Mayweather is prepared to keep his perfect record in tact.
“Last time I checked I was undefeated,” Mayweather said when asked if he has trouble with southpaws. “Whether you was orthodox or southpaw I was undefeated against you.”
Still, despite his confidence in defeating McGregor wherever the fight may take him, Mayweather understands that the UFC lightweight champion possesses some advantages on paper. The superstar boxer doesn’t believe they are enough to defeat him inside of the ring, but they offer some insight into the impending action.
“What I’m saying is this: On paper, we know he’s taller,” Mayweather said. “We know he has a longer reach. We know youth is on his side, OK? And I guess everybody is saying power is on his side. But I’m saying IQ is on my side, experience is on my side, and I think just fighting knowledge is on my side.
“So, I never said that I feel I’m going to lose. I’m never going to get involved in anything if I think I’m going to take a loss. … I’m going to tell the people what I truly believe and what it is on paper.”