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Mayweather talks up McGregor's chances

2017-08-09 18:02:00, Views: 10, ClubCall

Mayweather talks up McGregor's chances

Five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr has claimed Conor McGregor has the upper hand ahead of their August bout.

The American star retired from boxing in September 2015 after cruising to another points win as he beat Andre Berto.

His win over Berto stretched his record to 49-0 but Mayweather will return to the ring on August 26 as he prepares to do battle with UFC star McGregor.

The duo will meet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the veteran is the overwhelming favourite for the bout.

However, the 40-year-old has started the mind games by claiming his age and inactivity will play into McGregor's hands.

He told ESPN: "I'm not the same fighter I was two years ago.

"I'm not the same fighter I was five years ago. I lost a step. A fighter like Andre Berto isn't even supposed to go the distance with Floyd Mayweather, but remember, I was 38.

"It's obvious I'm slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like Andre Berto go the distance with me. I'm not what I used to be.

"I used to have a 90 per cent knockout ratio. It's obvious I slipped somewhere. Something has taken a toll on my career.

"He's a lot younger, so youth is on his side. And I've been off a couple of years. And I'm in my 40's. So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor."



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