Floyd Mayweather is looking to pick up his fiftieth win as a professional boxer when he faces UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor this August.
That night against McGregor may be win number fifty for the legendary boxer and may be the last time he steps into the ring.
“I’m not the same fighter I was 21 years ago,” Mayweather said at a press conference. “I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same fighter I was two years ago. I understand that but I have that fighter’s mentality. But this will - I spoke to Al [Haymon, Mayweather’s manager]. Today we had a meeting and I can’t push my body [anymore]. It’s grueling. Training camp is grueling. I can’t do it anymore. It’s rough. Training camp is rough. I’m just going to the gym, working hard everyday and it’s rough. This has to be my last one. After taking a couple years off, I was okay but then we end up somehow making this fight happen and now I really know that this is it. Deep in my heart, this is it. I can’t.”
While Mayweather is looking for the milestone victory, the opponent in McGregor is looking for his first win as a professional boxer. Even Mayweather would admit that his opponent has a chance to defeat him this August.
“He does have a chance. Every time two warriors go out there and compete, anything can happen. We just saw a week ago, two weeks ago, a guy who started boxing at 18, a teacher, beat one of the best fighters of all time, Manny Pacquiao. So anything can happen in a combat sport,” 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.