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Mayweather, McGregor Take Last Jabs Before the Real Fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By    |   Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:56 PM

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor held a final news conference Wednesday ahead of their much-hyped Saturday fight on Showtime Pay-Per-View.

The fight is historic because Mayweather, the heavyweight boxing champion, will fight McGregor, an MMA and UFC champion, making it the first time a non-tested fighter will box against a champion.

Mayweather is undefeated after 49 boxing matches and was looking for someone to give him a challenge after hinting that he might not box again because there was no suitable opponent.

McGregor has an impressive record as an MMA and UFC champion, but none as a boxer.

McGregor has been training in earnest, taking boxing lessons and getting into tip-top shape for the match. Mayweather has not trained much, according to Bleacher Report, and certainly not as much as he had for previous boxing matches against opponents such as Marcos Maidana, Canelo Alvarez, or Manny Pacquiao.

The final press conference saw both men talking a little trash and each confident that he would prevail.

“I don’t see him lasting two rounds,” McGregor said, SB Nation reported. “I’m gonna break through whatever’s in front of me.” He also mentioned all the work he had done to prepare, contrasting that with his opponent’s apparent lack of training. “This man isn’t on my level. He’s not even a quarter of the man I am,” he finished his remarks.

Mayweather insisted he was taking the fight “extremely serious” and talked about his “IQ” and his “patience” as well as his undefeated record as a boxer.

“I was born a fighter, I will die a fighter,” he said, SB Nation reported. He admitted it is a gamble to box against McGregor, a brutal Ultimate Fighting champion, but said that the fight was about “competing against the best” and “taking chances.”

“It’s a gamble, but it’s worth it,” he said.

The odds favor Mayweather but look at McGregor as a strong underdog, and have evened out quite a bit from the initial evaluation, which gave Mayweather a huge edge, according to Bleacher Report.

The match will air Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Showtime PPV.

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