Floyd Mayweather: This Is My Last One

When Floyd Mayweather walks to the boxing ring in just two weeks’ time (Sat. August 26, 2017) to take on Conor McGregor in the biggest combat sporting event of all time – it will be for the final time. Mayweather is coming out of retirement to welcome the UFC lightweight champion to the boxing realm, […]

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When Floyd Mayweather walks to the boxing ring in just two weeks’ time (Sat. August 26, 2017) to take on Conor McGregor in the biggest combat sporting event of all time – it will be for the final time.

Mayweather is coming out of retirement to welcome the UFC lightweight champion to the boxing realm, as “Money” is undefeated in his 49-0 career inside the squared circle and puts his legacy on the line against a knockout artist from the mixed martial arts (MMA) world who brings the unknown into the ring.

Much has been made of what would be next for both Mayweather and McGregor after the fight, but on Mayweather’s media call earlier today (Thurs. August 17, 2017), “Money” admitted this will be his last time fighting inside the ring (quotes via MMA Mania):

“Actually I thought that the Andre Berto, I thought that was going to be the last weigh in,” Floyd said. “I thought that was going to be the last training camp. I mean, just honestly speaking, I thought that was going to be my last everything. But you just never know what can happen. We’re here with this big event. It’s just, this is my last one, ladies and gentlemen. I gave my word to Al Haymon. I gave my word to my children. And one thing I don’t want to do is break that.”

“I gave Haymon my word. I gave my children my word. I’m going to stick to my word. This will be my last fight.”

After his fighting career is wrapped up, Mayweather wants to focus on his real estate career as well as helping his children in their educational career so that they can carry on his business legacy when they come of age:

“My real estate portfolio is truly amazing,” he said. “I’ve got real estate that’s very very huge, that’s a huge part of my life. My children are going to college so that’s going to take up a lot of my time because education is extremely important in my home. I want my kids to do something that I wasn’t able to do.”

“I want them to be able to go to college, and the businesses that I leave for them I want them to take those and take them to the next level. If I took a business and made a hundred million, I want them to take it to the next level to make four or five hundred million. So it’s all about giving back. And I built different businesses and got businesses started so my children’s children can take over some day.”

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Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal Set For UFC 217

According to a report from MMAFighting.com, an intriguing welterweight fight has been added to UFC 217, as former two-time title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is set to take on No. 4-ranked Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal. Thompson is coming off of back-to-back fights against champion Tyron Woodley, but he hasn’t competed since March due to injury. His […]

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According to a report from MMAFighting.com, an intriguing welterweight fight has been added to UFC 217, as former two-time title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is set to take on No. 4-ranked Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.

Thompson is coming off of back-to-back fights against champion Tyron Woodley, but he hasn’t competed since March due to injury. His first fight with Woodley took place last November at UFC 205, and it turned out to be a five-round instant classic that ended in a majority draw. The two then rematched at UFC 209 just a few months later, although it wasn’t as entertaining as the first bout, and Woodley ended up earning a decision victory.

Masvidal, on the other hand, is coming off of a loss at UFC 211 this past May in a title eliminator against Demian Maia. Prior to that, he had won three consecutive bouts over the likes of Ross Pearson, Jake Ellenberger and Donald Cerrone.

UFC 217 is set to take place on Nov. 4, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and it will headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and returning former longtime welterweight titleholder Georges St. Pierre. Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is also set to defend his  title on the card, as he’ll take on bitter rival TJ Dillashaw.

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Floyd Mayweather Says Conor McGregor Fight Is His Last, Talks Legacy on Call

When Floyd Mayweather last stepped into a ring nearly two years ago to fight Andre Berto, he thought he was doing it for the last time. 
This time, Mayweather says his impending retirement is for real.
“I gave my word to Al Haymon. I gave my word …

When Floyd Mayweather last stepped into a ring nearly two years ago to fight Andre Berto, he thought he was doing it for the last time. 

This time, Mayweather says his impending retirement is for real.

“I gave my word to Al Haymon. I gave my word to my children. And one thing I don’t want to do is break that. … This will be my last fight,” Mayweather said Thursday at a media conference call for his Aug. 26 fight against Conor McGregor

Mayweather, who retired after earning a unanimous-decision win over Berto in September 2015, spent most of the conference call reflecting on a career that ranks among the greatest in boxing history. He would set an all-time record with 50 wins without a defeat should he beat McGregor, breaking a tie with Rocky Marciano. 

“I don’t try to focus on other fighters, but I’m appreciative for every fighter that paved the way for me to be where I’m at,” Mayweather said. “Even though this is No. 50, this is my 50th fight, that’s not my focus. My focus is to give the fans an exciting fight. … Rocky Marciano is a legend. Rocky Marciano did it his way. I’d just like to it the Mayweather way.”

McGregor, the most famous face in mixed martial arts, is making his boxing debut after becoming the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two championships. Some have wondered whether McGregor, in the prime of his career, is taking too big of a risk switching sports altogether in a match that could lower his star power. 

Mayweather said he believes his decision to put his undefeated record on the line is more of a risk.

“I believe I’m taking the bigger risk, I have the 49-0 record,” Mayweather said. “When a fighter has lost before, if he loses again, they say it’s nothing he lost before. But when a boxer has been dominating for twentysome years, never lost, everything is on the line. My legacy, my boxing record, everything is on the line.”

Mayweather also doubled down on his comments acknowledging that he may have lost a step at age 40.

“I’m just being honest, I don’t think I’m the same Floyd Mayweather I was 21 years ago, of course not. I don’t think I’m the same Floyd Mayweather that I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same Floyd Mayweather I was five or two years ago. But I said I still have a high IQ in that ring, and I said experience wise it leans towards me,” he said.

The fight will take place using eight-ounce gloves, rather than the standard 10-ounce gloves, thanks to a waiver granted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. McGregor typically fights using four-ounce gloves in UFC while boxing typically requires 10-ounce gloves for any weight class above 147 pounds.

Mayweather said that was put in place to avoid excuses on either side, saying, “I’m not really worried about the outcome, I’m worried about excitement. I understand he’s used to fighting in four-ounce gloves…I want to make him feel as comfortable as possible. I’m not going to have any excuses, and I don’t want him to have any excuses.”

As for his post-boxing career, Mayweather said he will focus on real estate ventures, his children and his Mayweather Productions business. He said he wants to leave a legacy behind for his children to take over the businesses and expand them once they graduate from college.

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Floyd Mayweather Announces He Will Retire After Fight vs. Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced Thursday he will retire following his Aug. 26 fight against Conor McGregor. 
Money made things official with a post on the Mayweather Promotions Twitter account: 

           
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced Thursday he will retire following his Aug. 26 fight against Conor McGregor. 

Money made things official with a post on the Mayweather Promotions Twitter account: 

           

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Dana White: I Expect Conor McGregor To Knock Floyd Mayweather Out

It was recently announced that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) had agreed to make an exception regarding the size of the gloves that will be used in the highly anticipated Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The two stars will fight at a weight of 154 pounds, which typically means […]

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It was recently announced that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) had agreed to make an exception regarding the size of the gloves that will be used in the highly anticipated Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

The two stars will fight at a weight of 154 pounds, which typically means that 10 oz. gloves are used, but the commission agreed to allow 8 oz. gloves to be used after a request for change was made by “Money”.

Upon the announcement of the change, McGregor voiced his pleasure, even going as far to say that he will finish Mayweather in the first round.

UFC President Dana White is also confident that the Irishman will score a finish over the unbeaten Mayweather:

“Conor worked like a dog last night, he’s in great shape,” he said during a recent media conference call. “He’s hitting really hard right now and he’s in a very good place. I loved watching it last night and I feel good about this.”

“I’m on his side on this thing, I want him to win, I expect him to win, I expect him to knock Floyd Mayweather out.”

In regards to those who feel as if McGregor doesn’t have a chance against Mayweather, White simply doesn’t agree:

“Listen, people think that Conor is going to be completely outclassed,” he said. “Some people are saying that he’ll never hit Floyd once. I’ll tell you this, I just watched him work out last night, he looks phenomenal, he’s in great shape. He hits hard and now we’re fighting in 8oz. gloves and this is going to be a fight. And anything can happen in a fight.”

No matter the outcome, McGregor will certainly earn the biggest payday of his career, which is why many are skeptical as to whether or not he’ll return to the UFC after the bout. White admits that he’s unsure, but he did say that the Irishman has said that he’ll be fighting in the UFC again:

“Conor has told me he’s going to fight again this year, but I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “You can’t put these guys on the shelves all this time. We’ll see what happens with this fight, and that fight [Ferguson vs. Lee] is gonna move forward and we’ll see what’s next for Conor.”

How do you expect the fight between Mayweather and McGregor to play out?

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Manager: Mayweather Wants McGregor To Have Every Advantage Possible

The official glove size was changed from 10 ounces to eight ounces on Wednesday for the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor superfight on August 26. Many view the change as an inconsequential move done simply in the interest of keeping the flames of this hype train sufficiently stoked. But that’s not the case, according to the […]

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The official glove size was changed from 10 ounces to eight ounces on Wednesday for the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor superfight on August 26.

Many view the change as an inconsequential move done simply in the interest of keeping the flames of this hype train sufficiently stoked.

But that’s not the case, according to the Mayweather camp. ‘Money’s’ longtime manager Leonard Ellerbe gave his thoughts on the unprecedented recent glove size change.

“Floyd wants him to have every advantage possible that he can have,” Ellerbe said on Wednesday. “Conor is a very confident young man, and I’m fully confident he’s going to lay it on the line. He’s representing not only the UFC brand, but he’s representing his country. He has the great fans from his country. They will be there backing him, and the millions of fans across the world will be tuned in watching this terrific event. We’re excited.”

“I think it will have an impact on the fight,” Ellerbe said. “From a fighter’s perspective, you’re more comfortable with fighting the smaller gloves. I’m pretty confident the fight will end in a knockout. Pretty confident. It’s something Conor wanted, something Floyd wanted, and both fighters got exactly what they wanted.

“Conor has guaranteed he’s going to knock Floyd out within four rounds. He just recently said he’s struggling to give him two rounds now. I fully expect him to be a man of his word and come out and be very aggressive in the small gloves. Floyd will be very aggressive, and it’s going to be a great fight. We’ve got a fight, ladies and gentlemen.”

McGregor normally fights with four-ounce gloves, so eight-ounces is obviously closer to normal for the UFC champ-turned-boxer.

Will Wednesday’s change in glove size make any difference come fight night?

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