Amid the trash talk: Mayweather admits McGregor’s advantages over him

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  • Undefeated boxer admitted MMA champion’s several advantages over him
  • He said McGregor younger, more active, has a longer reach, also unbeaten in stand-up
  • He also promised fight to be his last one

The trash talk set aside, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not taking Conor McGregor lightly.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, the undefeated American boxer admitted that the Irish mixed martial arts champions holds a lot of advantages over him despite the latter’s underdog status.

“I’m just thankful for being in this position; to be able to be at this age and still be competing against guys in their 20s. It’s a blessing, but if you look at it on paper, everything leans toward him on paper. He’s bigger, he has a 74-inch reach, I have a 72-inch reach. I’m inactive. He’s active. Youth is on his side. He’s in his 20s, I’m in my 40s,” he said.

Mayweather also said McGregor, the UFC’s current lightweight champion, lost his three MMA fights by way of submission and not by knockout—a testament to his stand-up skills.

“He’s a stand-up fighter. We’ve never seen him lose standing up, so he can fight standing up. That’s one thing he can do. He feels like he’s the best. When I was competing I was the best. So I had to come back for this last hurrah,” he said.

The American also vowed to make this fight with the Irishman his last one; saying he really doesn’t need the money anymore.

“I gave Al Haymon my word. I shook his hand, gave him a hug. I promised him, I gave him my word about retiring. He said, ‘Son, you don’t want for nothing.’ I own so much property, made so many smart investments. It’s truly a blessing,” he said.