With just a week to go until the biggest sporting spectacle of the year, the respective fight camps of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are now winding down ahead of the big fight.
Over the course of the past few weeks we have been afforded glimpses of insight into both competitors preparations for the eagerly anticipated bout as Mayweather and McGregor keep their social media followers posted of their progress with clips of the hard slog they are putting in along with the open media workout days.
From what we can gather, both fighters appear in peak physical condition and the 154 lbs weight limit for the matchup will not be an issue for either man.
However, Floyd has been beating a drum which claims that there is a lot to be desired on his behalf when it comes to training for this fight against the biggest star in MMA.
In a recent interview with ESPN, ‘Money’ stated that he is not at the same level which saw him amass a pristine record of 49-0 up to this point.
“I’m older. 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,” he said.
Ever since the announcement of this mega fight was made, there has also been questions as to whether Mayweather will take the challenge of McGregor seriously. The Irishman is making his professional boxing debut against a fighter who has put down one of the most illustrious careers the sport of boxing has ever seen across the past 21 years. For that simple reason, the 40-year-old comes into the contest as a justifiable red hot favourite.
Surely, whether he will admit it or not, Mayweather will underestimate the threat posed to him by the UFC champion, right?
Well, here is the answer to that question:
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 18, 2017
Floyd will be spending every night of fight week in the strip club he owns, greeting fans and posing for photographs. While this is a sign of the supreme confidence of Mayweather ahead of the bout and how easy a night’s work he foresees it being for him, one would have to question the method to this train of thought.
It doesn’t take the most astute of sports scientists to recognise that this is not the environment a focused athlete would find themselves in, nor is it the behaviour of a man who is not overlooking his opponent. Maybe, just maybe, this could come back to bite him come August 26 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.