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Conor McGregor's Sparring Partner Calls Him "One of the Biggest Dirtbags"

Conor McGregor's Sparring Partner Calls Him

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.is dismissing the notion that he'll annihilate UFC fighter Conor McGregor on August 26 - as most of the boxing world and Las Vegas bettors believe he will. Mayweather has acknowledged that he's "lost a step".

Following a promotional tour full of bragging and boasting, Floyd Mayweather took a far humbler tone in an interview with Stephen A. Smith, telling the ESPN personality that Conor McGregor has an edge over him 'on paper'.

Boxing legend Mayweather, an overwhelming favourite against the mixed martial arts star, told ESPN that McGregor posed a legitimate challenge. And I'm in my 40s. "I lost a step", he said.

"It's obvious I'm slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like Andre Berto go the distance with me".

But it's more likely we're seeing the Same Old Floyd - a master marketer who knows selling a fight means stirring up hope in an overmatched opponent.

Mayweather is not only one of the great boxers in history.

The comments are in stark contrast to the noises Mayweather made during the pair's world tour last month when they exchanged insults in cities from Los Angeles to London, and he promised to beat McGregor easily.

"I can understand why people say it's a bad for the sport... you just can't see a guy who has never laced up his gloves and stepped into a boxing ring take on any decent boxer, yet alone Floyd Mayweather", he said. Mayweather wants to pay fans back for his fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.

Las Vegas now lists Mayweather to win inside 12 rounds as the most likely outcome of the fight, with odds at around -175.

There were hints of the famous brashness though, when he said: "I didn't say I couldn't fight".

"It's not even a fight for Christ's sake and in three weeks' time (Oscar) de La Hoya is doing a hell of a fight, (Gennady) Golovkin-Canelo (Alvarez)", he said. "I have to go to him", Mayweather said of McGregor. "They going to be pleased with this fight right here".

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