We are just a few weeks away from Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
Over the past month, we’ve seen ridiculous trash talk in the headlines and an out of control, at times cringe-worthy World Tour to promote the fight with both fighters showing remarkable confidence.
But as the fight approaches, one fighter is changing his tune.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Mayweather admitted that if you look at the match up on paper the advantage should be for McGregor.
McGregor is a big underdog because of his lack of professional boxing experience, but Mayweather says he will pose a real threat due to his advantages with youth, size and reach.
“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, via ESPN.com. “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.”
Is this all just mental warfare from Mayweather, or does he really believe McGregor has the advantage?
It is likely a combination of both.
While Mayweather is right that McGregor has size and age on his side, he lacks the years of experience inside of the boxing ring. They call it the “sweet science” for a reason and Mayweather’s 49 professional fights could end up being the only advantage he needs.
We will find out when the two men finally face off at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas later this month.