One thing Conor McGregor doesn’t lack is confidence.
The reigning UFC lightweight champion has been full of bluster and brave words since well before his mega fight with Floyd Mayweather was made official, and “Notorious” has never backed off. From his bold trash talk to his insults to his barbs about how he’ll trounce the all-time great, McGregor has never stopped flapping his gums. His bold predictions of a knockout continued into the final pre-fight press conference Wednesday afternoon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the only highlight of a rather rudimentary presser.
“I will go forward and put the pressure on and break this old man,” McGregor said to the assembled media inside the KA Theater. “When it's all said and done, I'm going to feel a little bit sad. You should have kept your mouth shut and left me over where I was. This man is not on my level. He's not a quarter of the man I am. Everyone is going to eat their words on Saturday.”
One of the latest issues regarding the mega-fight has been regarding the size of the boxing gloves to the two superstars will use. McGregor has been knocking people senseless inside the UFC’s Octagon with fingerless four-ounce gloves, but when he fights “Money” in their boxing match, they use eight-ounce gloves, something Mayweather has used countless times throughout his career.
“He made a big error agreeing to the eight-ounce gloves,” McGregor said. “I don't see him lasting two rounds. I think I could end him in one round if I want. He messed up. I'm very happy with these gloves. I don't care where your hands are, I'm going to break through whatever is in front of me.”
When asked on whether he’ll be able to handle the speed and power of Mayweather, one of the greatest pugilists to ever lace up a pair of gloves, the polarizing Irishman scoffed. Not known as a brutal knockout puncher by any means, Mayweather is still dangerous. It’s his timing that is remarkable and if people like Nate Diaz could hurt McGregor, what would someone of Floyd’s caliber do?
“I've made it through shin bones that bounced off my cheekbone,” McGregor chided the media. “That's the game I come from. They can say what they want, but I've come through a lot tougher than what any of these fighters he's faced have gone through.
“He's a beaten man,” he added. “He will not be able to take the ferociousness that I come with. I'm very confident. I have more skills in many areas and as a true martial artist, I can adapt to any situation.”
In just a few days, the world will know if McGregor will be completely outclassed like so many believe will happen or if the Dublin native will make the so-called experts eat their words. Either way, the man is never lacking in confidence.