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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to clash today

AFP
Published Aug 27, 2017, 4:01 am IST
Updated Aug 27, 2017, 4:01 am IST
Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor will carry a sizeable weight advantage into his superfight with Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor faces his first ever professional boxing contest against Mayweather, the undefeated former welterweight king who has come out of a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star. (Photo: AP)
 McGregor faces his first ever professional boxing contest against Mayweather, the undefeated former welterweight king who has come out of a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star. (Photo: AP)

Las Vegas: Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor will carry a sizeable weight advantage into his superfight with Floyd Mayweather after tipping the scales nearly four pounds heavier than the boxing legend on Sunday. The fight will not be telecasted by any of the channels in India, however, it will be streamlined online. Irish star McGregor — who had been accused by Mayweather of struggling to make the 154-pound limit — weighed in comfortably at 153 pounds in a raucuous face off at the T-Mobile Arena.

Former welterweight king Mayweather, 40, meanwhile came in at 149.5 pounds. McGregor, 29, is likely to bulk up substantially before 12-round bout, meaning Mayweather will be several pounds lighter than the two-time UFC world champion. “That’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him in. Trust me on that,” McGregor roared after the weigh-in. “I’m a professional, I make weight, that’s dedication, that’s focus. I'll be a lot bigger than him tomorrow, closer to 170,” he added.

 

A nonplussed Mayweather meanwhile shrugged off his likely weight disadvantage. “I’ve been here before. I know what it takes for a fight of this magnitude,” Mayweather said. “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights. It won’t go the distance. Mark my words — I’m not worried about the scales,” he added.

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