May­weather to quit for good after McGre­gor bout

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Floyd May­weather has vowed to quit box­ing once and for all after he emerges from re­tire­ment for next month’s cross-com­bat show­down with Conor McGre­gor. The 40-yearold for­mer wel­ter­weight king, who retired with a per­fect 49-0 record in 2015, said Tues­day there was no chance of him fight­ing again after he climbs into the ring with mixed mar­tial arts star McGre­gor. The two men are to face each other at Las Ve­gas’s T-Mo­bile Arena on Au­gust 26 in what could be­come the rich­est bout in box­ing his­tory. May­weather, who has al­ready made an es­ti­mated $700 mil­lion dur­ing his two-decade ca­reer, is set for an­other eye-wa­ter­ing pay­day against brash UFC star McGre­gor.

But ir­re­spec­tive of the re­sult next month, May­weather says he has al­ready de­cided it will be his last fight. “I’m not the same fighter I was 21 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same fighter I was two years ago,” May­weather told re­porters at the Sta­ples Cen­ter. May­weather said he had dis­cussed his plans to quit for good at a meet­ing with ad­vi­sor Al Hay­mon ear­lier Tues­day.

“I spoke to Al and told him. To­day we had a meet­ing,” May­weather said. “I can’t push my body, it’s gru­elling. Train­ing camp is gru­elling. I can’t do it any more. Train­ing camp is rough. It has to be my last one. “After tak­ing a cou­ple of years off I was okay. But then we ended up some­how mak­ing this fight hap­pen. “Now I re­ally know that this is it. Deep in my heart I know this is it.”

‘TOUGH COM­PETI­TOR’

The build-up to Tues­day’s event saw May­weather face head­lines that he has filed for an ex­ten­sion to pay his 2015 tax bill. How­ever he brushed off ques­tions about his fi­nances when asked. “We ain’t trip­pin’ on that,” he re­sponded. For box­ing purists, May­weather risks blem­ish­ing an oth­er­wise per­fect record with a tawdry fi­nal episode that has been dis­par­aged as a cyn­i­cal cir­cus-like stunt. May­weather how­ever waved away sug­ges­tions that if he was to win, and re­tire with a 50-0 record, there would be an as­ter­isk against his last fight. “The last time I checked he’s still a pro­fes­sional fighter,” May­weather said of his lightly-re­garded op­po­nent. “He’s a stand-up fighter. He never took a loss fight­ing straight up. I can’t over­look that, be­cause one shot can end your whole ca­reer. He’s a tough com­peti­tor but it is what it is.” May­weather forged his 49-0 record on the back of phe­nom­e­nal speed and de­fen­sive re­flexes, of­ten be­ing crit­i­cised for his un­will­ing­ness to go to toe-to-toe with op­po­nents.

An­other box­ing masterclass could well be in store for McGre­gor, but May­weather is un­fazed by the pos­si­bil­ity that the Ir­ish brawler may de­ploy mixed mar­tial arts tac­tics if he strug­gles to lay a glove on the Amer­i­can. “That’s the ref­eree’s job,” May­weather said. “My job is to go out there and be a boxer, be a fighter. I’m pretty sure the ref­eree’s go­ing to be fair and fun.

“I’ll leave all that up to the ref­eree. My job is to go out there and fight against the guy that’s across from me. “The fans de­manded the fight. McGre­gor wanted this fight, I wanted this fight. Au­gust 26, it’s go­ing to be blood sweat and tears from the open­ing bell.” — AFP

LAS VE­GAS: Floyd May­weather Jr (L) faces off for the first time with UFC fighter Conor McGre­gor dur­ing a press call at the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia on Tues­day. The two will fight Au­gust 26th in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada. — AFP

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