Trash talk­ing, blood, sweat and tears

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LAS VE­GAS: Floyd May­weather has said he has done his home­work on mixed mar­tial artist Conor McGre­gor and promised their multi-mil­lion dol­lar fight in Las Ve­gas on Aug 26 will not go the dis­tance.

Both fight­ers have now tipped a knock­out fin­ish to the hotlyan­tic­i­pated bout be­tween ar­guably one of the great­est box­ers of all time and the ex­plo­sive UFC cham­pion.

“Ex­pect ex­cite­ment. He’s gonna talk trash, I’m gonna talk trash, there’s gonna be a lot of blood, sweat and tears,” May­weather told re­porters at a me­dia con­fer­ence at his gym in Las Ve­gas.

Ca­su­ally dressed in a black Tshirt and shorts, the blus­ter and pro­fan­ity of the re­cent four-city pro­mo­tional tour un­der­taken with McGre­gor was re­placed by a more sober anal­y­sis.

“It’s about do­ing your home­work. It’s not re­ally watch­ing fight tapes, it’s about know­ing the per­son you’re fac­ing across the ring from you. You want to know what they like to eat, what they’re do­ing when they’re not in camp,” said the un­de­feated 40year-old.

May­weather brushed off sug­ges­tions that the left-handed McGre­gor might cause him prob­lems.

“Last time I checked I was un­de­feated, whether it was or­tho­dox or south­paw.

“McGre­gor, he’s gonna come out and keep switch­ing (stances)... but when you keep switch­ing all you’re do­ing is burn­ing en­ergy,” he told re­porters.

The brash 29-year-old Ir­ish­man, who has never boxed pro­fes­sion­ally, be­came the first UFC fighter to hold two belts si­mul­ta­ne­ously when he added the light­weight belt to to the feath­er­weight ti­tle he al­ready held last Novem­ber.

Hav­ing scored two knock­outs to win his belts, McGre­gor has con­fi­dently pre­dicted he will floor May­weather within four rounds to hand the Amer­i­can his first de­feat in what will be his 50th pro­fes­sional bout.

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