In just under three weeks, legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather comes out of retirement to fight UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor.
Mayweather is starting to get up there in years and the legendary boxer would admit that he isn’t what he used to be in the boxing ring.
“When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man from top to bottom,” Mayweather said to ESPN. “He’s a lot younger. I’ve been off a couple of years, and I’m in my 40s. So if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor. 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 that go the distance with me. I’m not what I used to be.
While Mayweather may not be what he used to be, the boxer has competed 49 more times compared to the MMA star.
The boxing star is also quick to admit that his knockout ratio has also slipped over the years.
“I used to have a 90 percent knockout ratio. It’s obvious I slipped somewhere. Something has taken a toll on my career,” says Mayweather.
Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather takes place on Saturday, August 26 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.