UFC champion Conor McGregor said he’s planning to “break” Floyd Mayweather Jr. within four rounds during their highly anticipated boxing match.
McGregor, one of the best trash-talkers in combat sports, made the prediction during an appearance on Conan O’Brien:
Even though McGregor plans on taking Mayweather out in 4 rounds he also said he wouldn’t mind an extended fight which he says would help give boxing fans more respect for MMA.
“(But) part of me is hoping that maybe he can last … part of me wants to show some skill and to dismantle him,” McGregor said Wednesday. “We are ready for absolutely every scenario. I am ready to go to war for the full 12 rounds and I’m ready to put him away in the first 10 seconds.”
He added: “I’m just looking forward to August 26 and proving what I’m saying and educating the world of what martial arts is and giving the fans and everybody a good solid fight and earning my respect in this game also.”
McGregor is an underdog due to his limited boxing experience and because he’s taking on an undefeated fighter, but some still believe it will be a competitive battle. Here’s what UFC president Dana White had to say:
“All these naysayers, let me tell you what,” he said. “This fight goes two ways. Either Floyd Mayweather runs around and does his style of fighting, defense, stays away from Conor and tries to not get hit. Conor will go right after Floyd Mayweather and try to knock him out. That’s Conor’s style. When have you ever seen a boring Conor McGregor fight?
“And then there’s the other side, where Floyd thinks that Conor is so weak at boxing he comes right after him. Speed kills, tries to use his speed and actually knock Conor McGregor out. I want it to be a good fight and I truly believe it will be a good fight.”
Stay tuned August 26th to see what happens.