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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Mayweather vows to quit fight game for good after cross-combat showdown with McGregor

The 40-year-old former welterweight champion claims that he will never return to the ring after he boxes the mixed martial arts star

Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor square off during a promotional tour for their fight next month
Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor square off during a promotional tour for their fight next month

BOXING // Floyd Mayweather, the five-division world champion who ended his two-decade boxing career in 2015 with a 49-0 record and having earned an estimated $700m, has promised that he will never return to the ring after next month’s exhibition bout against Conor McGregor, a UFC star more than ten years younger than him.

“I'm not the same fighter I was 21 years ago. I'm not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I'm not even the same fighter I was two years ago,” Mayweather told reporters at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he and McGregor were promoting their August 26 bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas which could become the most lucrative fight in boxing history.

“I spoke to [advisor] Al Haymon and told him. Today we had a meeting. I can't push my body, it's gruelling. Training camp is gruelling. I can't do it any more. Training camp is rough. It has to be my last one,” the 40-year-old American said.

“After taking a couple of years off I was okay. But then we ended up somehow making this fight happen. "Now I really know that this is it. Deep in my heart I know this is it."

Mayweather will leave the fight game undefeated in proper fights; even should be shocked in the ring by the mixed martial arts star McGregor, few boxing aficianados as anything other than a final staggering payday for the boxer, who has previously been involved in pay per view fights that have taken in excess of $78 million.

Tuesday’s press conference degenerated into the expected curse-off between the fighters, who have been brought together in what many see as a tawdry and cynical attempt to capture some of the younger fans who have been tempted away from boxing by the no-holds-barred brawlfest that is the Ultimate Fighting Championship.