Cormier on Mayweather: “Conor is fighting the best boxer of all time. Floyd is a magician.”
Florian on Mayweather and McGregor fighting with 8oz gloves: “At end of the day, this will give Conor an advantage. In the early rounds it benefits Conor, but later it benefits Floyd.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew interviews former UFC contender Dan Hardy and former world champion boxer Victor Ortiz about Mayweather vs. McGregor. They also caught up with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 26 coach Eddie Alvarez and contestant Barb Honchak, plus more.
UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on losing the title at UFC 214: “It takes time to get over something so big, but day by day, you get over it. I’m a guy who really loves what I do, and I take it very hard when I’m unsuccessful. Fighting is like a cruel mistress. If fighting was a nice ex-girlfriend, she would have knocked me out in 10 seconds, she wouldn’t have given me some success in the fight.”
Cormier on Jon Jones saying they could be friends in the future: “I believe he’s being genuine and trying to turn over a new leaf and be a different person than he was in the past. We don’t have to be friends. That I’ve always respected him as a fighter. But with that, friendship would be difficult because of our past. We will be professional as we have to, until the cage door closes again.”
VIDEO: Daniel Cormier returns to UFC TONIGHT after his UFC 214 fight with Jon Jones
UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on the announced title fight between Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw: “These are two of the most technical fighters in the UFC period. Both have phenomenal footwork, power and come from wrestling. They’ve both trained together and they don’t like each other. I like this fight.”
Cormier on Mayweather vs. McGregor: “The betting odds have made Conor McGregor a smaller underdog than the likes of Andre Berto or Marcos Maidona or Robert Guerrero. Conor is fighting the best boxer of all time. Floyd is a magician. He’s showed the ability to adjust and adapt like no other in all of combat sports. He just has to be Mayweather in this fight.”
Florian on Mayweather’s advantages: “That pull counter is the best in all combat sports. He will nail you with it from anywhere. He has to beat up the body. The angles his gets when he’s fighting are so good. He puts his back to the ropes and still gets you to miss, and then he lands those short shots. Floyd does things other boxers only dream of.”
Cormier on McGregor’s advantages: “Conor is big, powerful, and confident. Conor believes he’ll win the fight and people think he’s out of his mind. But being out of his mind, he believes he’ll knock him out in two rounds. He is confident and size will help him out.”
Florian on McGregor’s unorthodox style: “He does a lot of unusual things that will help him out. You can’t box Floyd, you have to fight Floyd Mayweather. Those fights where he was cut, it was on the front side. Floyd keeps his lead hand down. If Conor switches stances, and tries to hit him with the right hook and left cross, he might catch Mayweather.”
Florian on Mayweather vs. McGregor fighting with 8oz gloves: “I’ll tell you I don’t want to get hit by Floyd for 12 rounds in 8oz gloves. It’s the shots you don’t see that will wear on you. And he uses the body shots. Normally, he uses the big gloves to protect his head. Him having the smaller gloves, at end of the day, this will give Conor an advantage. In the early rounds it benefits Conor, but later it benefits Floyd.”
Cormier on the clip of McGregor fighting Paulie Malignaggi: “I thought Conor looked fantastic in that clip, but the boxing world didn’t.”
Cormier on what Mayweather needs to do in the fight: “Let’s look at the pull-back right hand. One of his weapons is his body jab. It upsets your breathing. It interrupts your timing. Floyd Mayweather is a wizard in the ring. He needs to fight behind his jab. Body jab, body jab, and when Conor lowers his hands he goes high with left hook or the lead right hand.”
Florian on what McGregor needs to do to be effective in the fight: “For McGregor, he needs to switch stances. Boxers aren’t used to it. He needs to attack the lead side, and work the body and then go upstairs. Being the bigger guy, Conor can catch him. One other thing, he also should punch with him. He needs to make it a brawl, not a boxing fight.”
Victor Ortiz on his opinion of Mayweather vs. McGregor: “It’s two different sports. It’s like the champion in tennis vs. the champion in ping pong. They both great in what they do, they have balls and rackets, but they’re very different sports.”
Ortiz on advice to McGregor: “Don’t let him pressure you or smother you because that’s where he’s comfortable. Floyd is pretty awesome at that.”
Ortiz on if Mayweather is taking McGregor for granted: “I don’t think he takes anyone for granted – he did me, though. For once, maybe, McGregor is not as big a worry. So maybe he is. I saw the game face at the press conference. I haven’t seen that game face in a while. So he’s there. But I think McGregor has the upper hand in the talking.”
Ortiz on Paulie Malignaggi being upset by the sparring video being released: “Absolutely. Nobody saw the whole session. It’s one of those things. You’ve been clipped in sparring. You step the wrong way and slip. I think it’s a valid point that Paulie is upset.”
Ortiz if he’d train with McGregor and fear similar results that Malignaggi received: “You guys know as champions, I don’t let people record me. That’s a big no-no. Not when they come to my gym.”
Ortiz on his last fight: “It was the first time in a while I felt comfortable. I came out too aggressive in the first. I got clipped in the first round, but went back there and focused on what we needed to do. He said your baby is watching. Thanks to Coach Haas, he got me out of there.”
VIDEO: Victor Ortiz talks Mayweather and McGregor with the UFC Tonight crew
Dan Hardy on what he thinks of Mayweather vs. McGregor: “He has to stay unpredictable. Floyd has beaten 49 boxers, but he’s never beaten an MMA fighter. Conor should stay out of boxing range. Floyd is used to staying about four inches back. If he has to cover six or seven inches, that would be different for Floyd and would let Conor use his reach. There are a lot of advantages to not being a boxer.”
Hardy on what the other boxing analysts he’s working with think of these fights: “They’re very intrigued. I don’t want to be the voice of all mixed martial arts. I want to be a lover of all combat sports and have an objective opinion.”
Hardy on if he’s getting the desire to fight again: “Yes! I’m learning so much in this process. My focus has been on this. I love it and I’m learning so much. They’re such polarizing characters and superstars in their sports.”
VIDEO: Dan Hardy drops by UFC Tonight to break down Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
Eddie Alvarez on coaching THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER against Justin Gaethje, who only has one fight and win in the UFC: “It depends on who he fought. It was a big risk for him on his first fight in the UFC and a top five guy, and his risk turned out to be a good thing.”
Alvarez on being in wars in his fights: “As Simba in The Lion King says: ‘I laugh in the face of danger.’ Throughout my career, the more dangerous opponent, I step up. I trust and believe in myself and I keep going at a high level and enjoy it and embrace it and look at Justin being a dangerous guy with a lot of weapons.“
Barbara Honchak on having beaten some big names in MMA: “I assumed I’d have a target on my back. I’ve had some big wins in pocket, but I’ve been out for a while. The second we got to the TUF house, I’ve had girls sizing me up as the competition to beat.”
Honchak on being the first Invicta champion and possibly the 125 pound UFC champ: “It means I make history, twice. I want that.”
Alvarez on saying that McGregor can beat Mayweather: “The movement he has from MMA is different from boxing. But my words were twisted. I believe Conor can knock him out, but the probability is small, but it’s there. People are writing it off as a joke of a fight, but I’m saying Conor can box, he has the ability to knock him out. Is it small? Yes, but it’s there and probably early in the fight. He doesn’t want it to turn into a boxing match.”
VIDEO: Eddie Alvarez and Barb Honchak dropped by UFC TONIGHT to talk TUF 26
GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND JAMES CORDEN ON FINAL EPISODE OF ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER VS. McGREGOR
Fourth and Final Installment Of ALL ACCESS Premieres TONIGHT/Friday At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME®
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WHAT: In this clip from ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. McGregor, Floyd Mayweather jokes around with “The Late Late Show” host James Corden, who gives the boxing great and his “best friend” a special gift. This exclusive clip will air in the fourth and final episode of the SHOWTIME Sports® original series ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. McGregor, which premieres Friday, Aug. 18 on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Less than two weeks before he returns to the ring, Mayweather headed to Los Angeles to make the rounds on late-night television in anticipation of his unprecedented matchup against UFC superstar Conor McGregor on August 26.
The four-part Emmy Award-winning series immerses fans in the lives and training camps of two polarizing champions, following their preparation for a fight that has captured the world’s attention. The SHOWTIME Sports original franchise takes viewers behind the scenes of boxing’s biggest events and surrounds the world’s most compelling fighters with intimate access and signature storytelling.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Official Weigh-In Tickets Available to the General Public Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. PT!
Complimentary Tickets Available Through Ticketmaster for Friday, Aug. 25 Event at T-Mobile Arena Featuring Live Musical Performances & Fan Experience in The Park!
LAS VEGAS (August 18, 2017) – Complimentary tickets for the official Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor weigh-in will be available for fight fans ahead of the blockbuster clash taking place Saturday, Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Ticket holders for the live event and closed circuit viewings will have the first chance to acquire weigh-in tickets on Monday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. PT – 10 p.m. PT, with a limit of four (4) per person. Transactions will be mobile (paperless) entry only.
Tickets for the general public are available beginning at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Aug 22, with a limit of four (4) per person.
Fans can get their tickets on Ticketmaster.com, with a limited number of tickets available for in-person pick-up Box Office on Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. PT at a limit of four (4) per person.
The Friday festivities will include a Fan Experience event in The Park, an immersive outdoor dining and entertainment district adjacent to T-Mobile Arena, featuring music, photo booth, interactive punching game, merchandise shop, and beverage vendors. The event runs from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT and does not require a ticket to the weigh-in.
Doors for the weigh-in will open at 12:00 p.m. PT and will feature musical performances beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT. Mayweather and McGregor will step on the scales at approximately 3 p.m. PT and face off for the final time before fight night.
It was “The Notorious” Conor McGregor’s turn to meet with the media on Friday from UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, a day after Floyd “Money” Mayweather did the same in advance of their Saturday, Aug. 26, headlining attraction of a SHOWTIME PPV event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Here is what McGregor had to say Friday:
“I have a game plan and I will execute it perfectly, like always. I have been boxing my whole life so this is not a new experience for me. I will rule over MMA and boxing with an iron fist after August 26th.
“The tale of the fight will be waiting to see who takes a step back first. We all know Floyd is a great defensive boxer and he isn’t going to keep coming forward like he says. If he does, it’s going to be a quick night for me.
“It’s a moment like this that makes you reflect on everything you’ve been through. I have the same camp around me for this entire rise and I think that’s a key to my success. Some fighters think they need to move or do crazy things to improve as a fighter. I just surrounded myself with guys who are skilled and we became the best together. So, this is for all of us. This is our moment.
“It means the world to have fans traveling from Ireland and all over the world for this fight. This is the biggest fight of all time and we owe them a hell of a show.
“This camp has been amazing. I’m getting better by the day, more alert, quicker. My weight is at a good place but I’m going to be a much bigger man than Floyd when I we step in the ring for the fight and I think that makes a difference.
“The critics say that Floyd has been there before. They discredit my training, my skills, my accomplishments. This isn’t new to me though, just like boxing isn’t new to me. I am no stranger to being the underdog on paper. I am a seasoned veteran and I am confident that I am the better man. After Saturday, August 26th, I will be a god of boxing.”
“I am enjoying every moment of this ride. I remember what life was like before I came to the UFC. All the hard work it took. All the 10-hour days in the gym, bringing food and just staying in the gym all day. I’ve made it to the pinnacle of MMA and boxing. I am honored to be here in this moment and I am proud of what we have accomplished. Now, the moment is here and I will be ready for August 26th.”
Conor McGregor on ESPN The Magazine’s Fighting Issue on Newsstands Friday; McGregor Profile Reveals New Insight from MMA’s Most “Notorious” Fighter
ESPN The Magazine’s Fighting Issue—on newsstands Friday—details how divided sports fans are about watching the highly anticipated August 26 bout between MMA champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The issue also delves deeply into these two personalities and what has led them to where they are today.
On the cover: In the definitive profile of reigning UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, senior writer Wright Thompson chronicles the fighter’s road to stardom, from his youth in South Dublin to his apprenticeship as a plumber to MMA champ. “Crossing Crumlin Road” offers a rare glimpse into the Irishman’s reality, one that won’t let him fully escape his roots. Thompson also addresses the fine line between McGregor’s private and public personas: “Drawing such a line, creating a character to sell, always carries the same risk: losing control of your creation and actually becoming the preening egomaniac you once only pretended to be.”
In addition, the feature explores McGregor’s close relationship with trainer John Kavanagh and the tremendous impact he has had on McGregor’s life and career. For example, Kavanagh’s unique ability to anticipate what McGregor needs mentally includes summoning local artists to paint a graffiti-like mural of Conor hitting Mayweather in his new training space so he would have that image in his mind. Thompson’s feature also explores that even though someone like McGregor is rising, his fall feels close enough to touch, noting that McGregor lives in a near constant state of fight or fight, which Kavanagh attributes to nature more than nurture. (Link: http://es.pn/2vxrrZW)
Issue highlights and features:
What Makes Mayweather Money
Floyd Mayweather’s former sparring partners, among them current IBF welterweight champ Errol Spence Jr., DeMarcus Corley and Zab Judah, discuss the many offensive, defensive and mental weapons that have helped Mayweather get to 49–0—all the things Conor McGregor will have to be prepared for when he steps into the ring. By Dotun Akintoye
Why We Watch: Real, Not Pretty
Award-winning author and boxing fan Walter Mosley offers his take on why people watch boxing and are drawn to the Mayweather-McGregor fight. He writes that boxing, both beautiful and brutal, reveals parts of ourselves we need to see, describing it as “the poetry of the working class.” Mosley also examines the reasons sports fans continue to support Mayweather despite the fighter’s violent dark side.
Why We Won’t Watch: No Good Guys Here
The Undefeated senior writer and commentator LZ Granderson provides a different take—why some people won’t watch the matchup. Between McGregor’s racist barbs and Mayweather’s homophobic jabs, Granderson says there is little to root for and no good reason to tune in.
Tale of the Tape
Will the boxer or the brawler come out on top? Insiders Dan Rafael and Brett Okamoto go toe to toe with their predictions. The bottom line: It will be a long night for McGregor.
And the Fighter Still Remains
Through the eyes of part-time boxer Jose Haro, senior writer Tom Junod uncovers the driving forces that compel so many boxers to compete in a sport that takes so much from them and seemingly gives so little. Junod highlights Haro’s love-hate relationship with boxing, chronicling the fighter’s June title victory over featherweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco that nearly killed Franco.
Cristiane Cyborg Justino
Cristiane Justino, also known as Cyborg Justino, is the most fearsome women’s MMA fighter on the planet—but these days, she often wonders whether the weight cutting that could push her body to severe dehydration, heatstroke or even heart failure has been worth it. Justino’s body, a sculpted 5-foot-8, 170-pound weapon, is her greatest asset. It is also her most formidable obstacle—at once the root of her successes—and failures. At age 32, the 12-year veteran has finally found a stage to match the talent her team insists is unrivaled. In July, she competed in and won her first Ultimate Fighting Championship belt in UFC 214. By Hallie Grossman (Link: http://es.pn/2w0g9K3)
Portrait of a Mixed Martial Artist
In a gritty two-page photo spread, the post-fight faces of several mixed martial artists who competed in June’s Bellator 180 at New York’s Madison Square Garden show the euphoria of victory and the bitterness of defeat in every cut and bruise.
Béisbol Experience: In the latest installment of the season-long series that explores the intersection of Latino culture and baseball, contributing writer Robert Sanchez looks at the budding career of 18-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is trying to carve out his place in the game in the shadow of his famous father.
The issue also features a four-page fantasy football preview that includes:
Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate: The fantasy football senior writer’s annual look at players primed for big years and those he wouldn’t recommend to his worst enemy. Sneak peek: Don’t draft Matthew Stafford or Ben Roethlisberger before reading this.
Day three of their blockbuster world tour saw boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor continue to trade verbal jabs as the global stars went face-to-face in front of over 13,000 fans at Barclays Center ahead of their Aug. 26 showdown on SHOWTIME PPV from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
After filling venues in Los Angeles and Toronto, an electric crowd greeted the two fighters Thursday as Mayweather and McGregor picked up right where they left off, building on the two increasingly combative press conferences held Tuesday and Wednesday.
The world tour concludes on Friday when the fighters travel to The SSE Arena, Wembley in London.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:
“I knew that this was going to be a huge event. We had to give the people what they wanted to see and if we break the PPV record, all I’ll be doing is breaking my own record.
“I’m just thankful to be in this position. To be at this age and compete against young guys, it’s a blessing. He’s bigger, he has a longer reach and I’ve been inactive. Plus, we’ve never seen him lose standing up. He feels like he’s the best. I was the best when I was competing. So I think I had to come back for this last hurrah.
“Even though I haven’t been competing in boxing, you still have young guys calling me out all the time. Even the MMA fighters call me out.
“My thing is that either I’m going to get him, or he’s going to get me. The outcome is going to be what it’s going to be. Once you have that mindset, you’re going to be okay. He’s coming for me and I’m coming for him.
“Nobody knows that squared circle like me. I know angles. I know where to touch you at. I know what you don’t like. I don’t have to watch your tapes. That’s something I’m blessed with. But, he’s unorthodox. So it’ll definitely be something different in the ring. I just have to keep my composure.
“I have to stand up for the Americans and the American fight fans. He represents his country and I represent the red, white and blue. I represent everyone in this country.
“I’ve been doing this for 21 years in five weigh classes. I’ve never quit.”
“Floyd saying he’s going to knock me out is the funniest comment of the whole tour. I hope he comes for it and I hope he brings it. I’ll be prepared for anything and anticipate whatever he brings.
“I’m in great shape, that’s why I’m not wearing a shirt. I’m in shape to fight right now. I don’t have a nick on my body right now. I’m going to be 100 percent on fight night.
“I have a very high fight IQ. I understand when to go and when not to. Only me and the opponent can see these details. I’m very confident whether it’s in a ring or an octagon.
“The rounds are two minutes shorter than I’m used to and there’s a lot less action than I’m used to. He’s going to feel like he’s wrestling a bear when we tie up for the first time. He’s too small. I’m going to have my way with him.
“I know every shot he throws. I know what to expect. He fights the same every time. So we’re preparing. But he knows nothing about me. He has no idea how I’m going approach him.
“I’m not tired of this. It’s really a lot of fun. We’ll keep it professional for now. I could never get tired of this. It’s such a great time to be a fight fan.
“Floyd is saying a lot about me tapping out, but he’s never had a true fight. He knows nothing about the game that I’m involved with. We’ll see who is quitting on Aug. 26.
“To come back here in New York, where I made history and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles simultaneously, I’m blown away by the support.”
The Mayweather vs. McGregor world tour will continue on to Toronto, New York City and London as the superstars deliver all the spectacle of the summer’s biggest event directly to the fans who demanded it.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say Tuesday:
“Everyone knows I’ve never backed down from anybody. You line them up, and I knock them down like bowling pins. On August 26, I’m knocking Conor out.
“I am guaranteeing you this. You are going out on your face or on your back. So which way do you want to go?
“Twenty one is the number. They ask me why is that the number? Because that’s how long I’ve been kicking ass. I don’t care about a ring or an octagon. Put me in there and I’m going to kick ass.
“It takes two warriors to bring an event like this together. The two biggest forces in combat sports made this happen.
“This was something that the fans wanted to see. I spoke to my team and said that the Mayweather-McGregor fight can be the biggest fight in history. That’s what we’re here to turn into reality.
“McGregor is a professional, stand-up fighter. The only loss he took was when he was on the ground. He’s a tough competitor and I’m taking him very seriously.
“Everyone knows I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve been here before. He’s a tough guy though and a warrior. The best must fight the best. The fans wanted this fight, me and McGregor wanted the fight. It’s going to be blood, sweat and tears on August 26.
“Training camp has been rough. I know deep in my heart that this is the last one. I’m taking care of my body and giving myself time off to allow my body to rejuvenate.
“Conor really wants to win. Extremely badly. Other fighters it usually plays out two ways. Some guys play it safe and then some like Marcos Maidana go for the kill. I think he’s the Maidana-type. He’s a heavy-hitter so I have to be cautious. It’s going to basically be a toe-to-toe battle.”
“My mind is blown. I’m absolutely honored to be here in front of you fans for this great spectacle. Somebody’s 0 has got to go.
“He’s got little legs and little hands. I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds. Mark my words.
“I’m a young, confident, happy man. I’ve worked extremely hard for this. I’m going to embrace everything. No one can do anything to me. I’m going to have a good time.
“Floyd will be unconscious inside of four rounds. The power and ferociousness that I have, he’s never experienced it before. I don’t fear him.
“Even if he catches one of my punches with his glove, it will still hurt him. I’m like nothing he’s ever seen before.
“Twelve, three minute rounds is going to be a breeze for me. Not to take anything away from this sport, but I have no worries about going twelve rounds with Floyd.
“Floyd is the perfect motivation for me to go in and conquer the supposedly unconquerable. What more motivation could you need? This pushes me on to do these record-breaking events.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“This is a great fight that the fans have demanded. That’s exactly what we’re going to give them on August 26.
“Floyd Mayweather is the undefeated, pound-for-pound king and The Best Ever. He’s here to give the fans what they wanted and that’s his huge event a memorable fight on August 26.
“Mayweather Promotions is all about giving the fans exactly what they want, and this battle between Floyd and Conor is going to deliver all of that and much more.
“This is the can’t-miss event of the summer and this crowd at STAPLES Center proves just how big it’s going to be. This whole week we’ll be bringing all the excitement of a fight week to sold out venues throughout the world.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports
“Over the last several years, SHOWTIME has teamed up with MGM and Mayweather Promotions to give fans the biggest and most exciting events in sports. Record-breaking event after record breaking event. We also have a long history of MMA in SHOWTIME and are glad to be in business with UFC and Conor McGregor.
“We will be working to deliver this event to the fans in unprecedented ways. We will give you new ways to experience the preparation leading up to the fight and then fight night, like never before. We’ll bring you behind the scenes and up close and personal with the “All Access” series. Your backstage pass to this fight premieres on July 28 on SHOWTIME.
“They said this fight could never be made, they said this fight would never happen, but this fight is no surprise. 10 years ago Floyd decided to leave his promoter and become his own boss. He became his own boss and broke PPV record after PPV record. Here we are, 49-0, he’s fought 24 world champions, and never lost. Floyd Mayweather has generated 20 million PPV buys and 1.3 billion dollars in PPVs. He is by far the number one attraction in sports and entertainment. There is no one else who is even close.
“Am I surprised that this fight is happening? Especially against someone younger, bigger and stronger than he is. Not at all. This is Floyd’s plan. To put on the most exciting and spectacular events that the sports world has ever seen. That’s what August 26 will be. That’s been the plan all along. ”
DANA WHITE, President of UFC
“This is the biggest fight any of us have ever been a part of. People have just rallied behind this fight. Don’t judge a fight until the fight is over. You never know what’s going to happen, especially with a guy like Conor who hits like a truck. When he hurts someone, he puts them away.
“This is a completely full event today, not a seat left. We had to move to a bigger venue in Toronto. Barclays Center sold out and then today tickets sold out at Wembley in 10 minutes. There’s never been anything like this.
“Floyd is almost 41 years old. Conor is a young southpaw who hits hard. We’ll see how it plays out. It’s crazy to think that Conor won’t connect with him.
“Conor McGregor believes in himself like nobody I’ve ever seen before. What he thinks about, he manifests into reality. The boxing media will get to know Conor on this tour and see the mental warfare that he engages in. Then on fight night, Conor is going to try to knock Floyd out.”
RICHARD STURM, President of Sports and Entertainment, MGM Resorts International
“Thank you to all the great fight fans around the globe watching this event. We’re thrilled that this event will be held at T-Mobile Arena, the home of the biggest events in the sports and entertainment industry. In only 15 months the T-Mobile Arena has become an industry leader and home to many of the greatest entertainers and athletes in the world.
“Las Vegas and the T-Mobile Arena will be the center of the sports universe for this great spectacle when two great champions bring these two sports together for the first time. It’s going to be an absolutely electric weekend. We look forward to delivering an unforgettable experience to all the fans who travel from around the world to this great event.”
Floyd Mayweather Las Vegas Media Workout Quotes
Floyd “Money” Mayweather opened up the Mayweather Boxing Club on Thursday for a media workout ahead of his highly anticipated matchup against UFC champion Conor McGregor on Saturday, Aug. 26 in the headlining attraction of a SHOWTIME PPV event from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Joining Mayweather at the media workout were a trio of fighters competing under the Mayweather Promotions banner who enter the ring in undercard attractions on SHOWTIME PPV.
America’s youngest world champion, Gervonta “Tank” Davis will make the second defense of his world title against unbeaten challenger Francisco Fonseca while former world champion Badou Jack “The Ripper” is set to challenge 175-pound titleholder Nathan Cleverly in his debut at light heavyweight.
The PPV event begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undefeated rising cruiserweight contender Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti taking ontwo-time world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham in a 10-round bout.
Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:
“I’ve been here before and I know what it takes. It’s my same old routine but I’m older now so I have to let the body rest a lot more. With age comes wisdom. When I was a lot younger I would just train and train and never let myself recuperate. When I come back from resting I come back rejuvenated and with a lot more spark.
“This isn’t just a fight; this is an event. We both owe the fans and everyone tuning in a lot of excitement. That’s what we’re there to give them.
“I know I’m going to face a warrior. It’s not for me to worry about what he does on a day-to-day basis. I have to worry about what I have to go out there and do. I have to execute the game plan. I’m not going to overlook him. That’s why I’m in here working extremely hard.
“When it’s all said and done it comes down to the two competitors. My dad can give me a brilliant game plan but he can’t get in there and fight for me. Same for Conor and his team. It doesn’t matter who the crowd’s rooting for, it’s two men in there.
“This training camp has been a lot different. I’ve spent some time in Miami and in Los Angeles training. I’ve been pushed really hard by the young guys in camp. I don’t need to post every workout video because I’ve been around this sport a long time and everyone knows what I can do.
“On paper we know he’s taller and has a long reach. He has youth on his side. People say that he has power on his side. I know that ring IQ and experience are in my favor. I have the fight knowledge on my side. We both have advantages.
“I know he’s going to come out and try to switch stances. He’ll come out southpaw then go the other way. But all that does is burn energy. Then I’m going to give him a look and give him some knowledge, and we’ll see what happens.
“Conor feels it’s not going to go past four rounds and I don’t think it’s going the distance. We’re both confident in our skills and we’ll see who gets it done.
“My opponent is always confident, but it’s different being in there with Floyd Mayweather. They realize that this is real. But for me, it’s just another day. That’s the mentality that has allowed me to stay undefeated.
“It’s been great to be in a position as a promoter to give knowledge to young fighters. It’s one of my ultimate goals to take a young fighter and make them a household name. I want to take fighters to the next level.”
“I’m feeling great. Being in the same ring and on the undercard of Floyd’s fight is amazing. I’ve worked hard to get to this point and I’m ready to put on a great show on August 26.
“Training has been sharp. I’ve been stopping a lot of guys in training. I can’t wait to get in the ring and give the fans a big knockout.
“Being on this card has been a big motivation in training. It feels great and I’m truly blessed to be in this position. I think the excitement that this card brings will be great for the sport of boxing. I’m ready to shine.
“I know I have a tough undefeated opponent who’s going to come in and try to take my belt and I have to take care of business. He has some decent power so I think it’s going to be an exciting fight.
“I’ve accomplished a lot at a young age. It’s all because of the hard work that I’ve put in for my entire life. I don’t complain, I just keep working every day.
“I’m ready to take full advantage of this chance I have. It’s just one step on a long road I see to the top of this sport.”
“Everything is great in training camp. I’ve been in training for about seven weeks getting ready for this matchup. I’m excited and happy to be a part of such a big event.
“I think this weight is going to be better for me. I’m going to have more power. I’ll be more athletic and style-wise I prefer to fight bigger guys. I can use my speed, but I also like to go inside and break my opponent down. It’s harder if I have to chase them, but the big guys are going to be right there.
“Cleverly has a high work rate and he’s very tough. He’s going to come to fight. That’s what we want. It’s a good first fight for me at this weight.
“I’m excited to work hard these next two weeks and get to fight night. He’s been in some good fights but I’m different than anyone he’s faced. I’ll show how my skills translate to light heavyweight.
“It’s really a blessing to be in this position. I’m happy because a lot of other fighters don’t get to be on this stage. I’m so thankful to my whole team. I won’t let the fans down and on August 26, I’m coming to steal the show.
“I’ve done everything right to get to this point. It’s an honor to be in this position. I just have to take care of business.”
“This is a huge deal to me. Floyd Mayweather is the biggest star in boxing and to be a part of everything that’s going on is a dream come true.
“I was really happy when I found out that I’d be fighting on this card. There aren’t really words for how blessed I am to be in this position.
“This fight means a lot to me. This is a chance for me to become the American face of cruiserweights just like Steve Cunningham was. I’m taking this very seriously and I have great respect for Steve Cunningham, but this is my time to take it.
“I’m ready to be a fresh face in the cruiserweight division. I’m going to give it everything I have. I’m humbled by this experience and I’m going to take advantage of it.
“I can’t wait to open the show. There’s a little added pressure being at the beginning of the PPV but I’m going to embrace it and put on a great performance.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“Floyd is a lot wiser now. He’s gotten smarter with age. He’s a young man who has an incredible vision and I have a great deal of respect for everything he’s done.
“The older you get, the harder it is to get things going in training. It’s taken Floyd a while to get in a groove, but he’s in a groove now.
“All of these records being broken are because of Floyd Mayweather. He’s been innovative and he always thinks outside the box. That’s why he’s had such tremendous success.
“We’ve been able to generate a great deal of interest in new avenues and bring Floyd to even more casual fans because of the boxing and MMA worlds colliding. This is going to be one of the biggest nights in sports entertainment history.
“Both guys are looking to knock each other out. I believe Conor McGregor when he says that he’s looking to knock Floyd out in the first four rounds. He hasn’t shown me anything to make me think differently. Floyd usually just goes and does his thing, but with some things that have happened recently, I think Floyd really wants to get him out of there.”