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While many boxing fans are expecting another defensive fight out of Floyd Mayweather in his upcoming bout against Conor McGregor, Mayweather says he’s going to put pressure on the mixed martial artist.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Mayweather said that he knew fans were disappointed with his fight against Manny Pacquiao, and vowed he would “go after” McGregor in the ring.
You can watch an excerpt of the interview below.
Mayweather may be capable of bringing the action to McGregor and even knocking him out. The UFC champion has no experience in a boxing ring and his instincts from the octagon might not transition perfectly to his new environment, potentially leaving him open to strikes.
However, in the later part of his career, Mayweather has made his money and kept his record pristine by making his opponents miss, landing enough punches, and taking the fight to the judges scorecards. Mayweather has not knocked another fighter out since his 2011 bout against Victor Ortiz in which he blindsided his opponent, and his last knockout before that was in 2007.
Las Vegas currently lists Mayweather to win inside 12 rounds as the most likely outcome of the fight, with odds at around -175. Mayweather winning by decision is settled at about +175.