Anticipation has been quickly growing for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor on August 26. What was viewed by many as a spectacle only one week ago, suddenly got personal over the past few days, with Mayweather declaring that McGregor has disrespected his family with remarks he made about Black women in front of his daughter, and Floyd also dealing with the UFC champ who has gotten way too comfortable in the boxing great's personal space. Then there are the racially insensitive remarks, that have begun to give a socially contentious aspect to the fight. All of it has culminated to a point of no return, with Mayweather going on the record to say that he believes someone is going to get knocked out in the ring.
"He's gonna fight his heart out. He's gonna fight his heart out. I know he's gonna fight his heart out," Floyd said, following Thursday's [July 13] press conference in New York City. "I don't think this is going to go 12. I mean, in this, it's kill or be killed. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. It's killed or be killed, and I mean it. You could look me in my eye. I really mean it. Either he gon' get me, or I'm gon' get him."
Before making the claim, Floyd admitted that he may not be as sharp as he was as a 19-year-old, and may not even show the reflexes he had when he retired two years ago. He gave insight into how he walks into each fight with a different strategy, and wouldn't reveal what the plan will be for McGregor, but with his trademark smile, exuded confidence that the stoppage will be in his favor.