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Conor McGregor tells lighter Floyd Mayweather: You’ll never beat the Irish

The Irishman makes his professional boxing debut on Saturday.

BOXING 26/08/17 16:16

Floyd Mayweather has dismissed Conor McGregor’s insistence he will be exposed by a weight disadvantage when they finally fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The 40-year-old on Friday tipped the scales at 149.5lbs, three and a half lighter than his Irish opponent and four and a half below the light-middleweight limit.

That he weighed in closer to the welterweight limit at which he has so consistently excelled suggests he has chosen to focus on speed, and that would be logical against the bigger McGregor, as he will avoid an excessively-physical fight.

Mayweather has repeatedly insisted Saturday’s fight will be the last of his decorated career, and despite the likelihood his ability will make their match-up highly non-competitive, his impressive shape suggests he has thoroughly prepared.

Conor McGregor during the weigh-in
Conor McGregor during the weigh-in (PA)

McGregor is adamant the American is in “the worst shape I’ve ever seen”, but Mayweather, who was also loudly booed by the Irishman’s fans in his home city as they weighed in, said: “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights

“This won’t go the distance: mark my words.

tale of the tape for Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather
(PA Graphics)

“This is going to be Conor McGregor’s last fight also.

“The fans can’t fight for him. It comes down to the two competitors.”

McGregor is expected to be significantly heavier by the time the two fighters enter the ring, and he said of his undefeated opponent, who fights for the 50th time: “He’s full of water: that’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him in.

“That’s the worst shape I’ve seen in him. He looks out of shape; I’m going to breeze through him.

“I’m a professional; I make weight. It’s about sacrifices, dedication, it’s focus, I make it, and that’s it. I’ve put in the work as everyone can tell. I’m ready.

“(I’ll be) a lot bigger than him (on fight night). Pushing 170lbs.

“You’ll never beat the Irish, and that’s it. Las Vegas is ours now. I’ll stop him in four. Let’s see if he can take it.”

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