Floyd Mayweather on overselling Conor McGregor to boost PPV buys: ‘He’s still a tough competitor’

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LAS VEGAS – If Floyd Mayweather wasn’t 49-0, it might be easier to buy him as an underdog against Conor McGregor.

But despite of all his ring accomplishments and lopsided odds, Mayweather is still trying to convince the public that McGregor’s got a shot when they meet in “The Money Fight” on Saturday.

Don’t expect that to change.

“I mean, he’s still a tough competitor,” Mayweather today told MMAjunkie during “grand arrivals” for the Showtime pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “He’s a tough fighter. And I’m going to continue to say this: He’s undefeated standing up. He got beat three times when he was on the ground in the octagon, but he’s undefeated standing up.”

That’s a bit of revisionist history, if you haven’t heard it before. Sure, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) did get tapped out by Nate Diaz when they first met at UFC 196. But what set the rear-naked choke submission in motion was a series of punches that wobbled McGregor and prompted him to shoot for a takedown.

The tap might have been a consequence, but it wasn’t the root cause.

Then again, to Mayweather, all this talk is merely an extension of his job: show up, promote, fight, win, and collect the check. So far, no one has been able to disrupt that schedule.

McGregor, of course, aims to be the first. And while everyone involved in the fight – fans, media and promoters – is having a good time entertaining what-ifs, not many experts expect him to win.

So that leaves Mayweather to talk about getting older and slower. About McGregor’s youth, his punching power. About how the Irish champ must have done something right, because he got this fight.

The world has yet to hear him buy in to a misdirection about trouble with southpaws. But there’s still time yet.

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