Floyd Mayweather is determined to put on a show for the fans when he throws down with Conor McGregor in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas on August 26.
Entertaining fights are certainly not something we would associate Mayweather with, particularly towards the latter stage of his career. Floyd is arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all time and there is no denying his once in a lifetime technical gift.
He boxes cutely, efficiently and without fail, victoriously. However, his defensive tactics and evasive style of fighting haven’t exactly endeared Mayweather to fight fans around the world.
While ‘Money’ claims he has mastered the name of the game, which is to hit and not be hit, the majority of critics and fans alike will argue that his method of conducting his business in the ring is just simply boring.
The May 2015 showdown with Manny Pacquiao saw the pinnacle of this narrative. Dubbed the “fight of the century”, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a matchup which attracted the attention of the world.
What transpired was nothing short of a letdown. For those tuning in around the globe (the fight holds the all-time record for pay-per-view buys at approximately 4.5 million) what happened in the ring could be described as a snooze fest. Floyd toyed with Pacquiao, giving a typically technical master class, dancing all the way to a decision victory while laughing all the way to the bank.
For some quarters, it was the straw that broke the camels back. Faith was lost in boxing. All that hype, a crossing of the two best boxers in the world which was five long years in the making, for 36 minutes of action and not a solid blow landed between the pair?
Well, in an interview with ESPN’s Sports Centre, the 40-year-old opponent of the UFC champion has vowed to make up for the perceived disappointed reaction to his 48th career win.
In response to the suggestion that McGregor won’t even land a punch throughout the entire fight, Mayweather lays down the law:
“This can’t be a defensive fight.
“I gotta’ go to him. I gotta’ do what I gotta’ do.
“I owe the public for the Pacquiao fight, since they weren’t pleased with the Pacquiao fight, they’re going to be pleased with this fight right here.”
Also in the interview with Steven A. Smith, Floyd is probed on whether he felt ‘The Notorious’ over stepped the mark with some of his comments throughout the worldwide press tour the fighters embarked on to promote their showdown in July.
There were questions raised on the harshness of the Irishman’s trash talk. Corners of the media suggested that the Dubliner’s verbal assaults on his opponent were racially motivated with repeated jibes in the American’s direction such as “dance for me boy.”
While initially intent to shoot down any perception that Conor had crossed the line with some of his remarks, Mayweather appears to have had a change of heart on the nature of some of the more controversial comments of the MMA star.
Check out the full interview in the clip below: