Wed, Jul 12, 12:59pm by Senior Writer
The two protagonists from the most anticipated boxing fight in history met face-to-face in Los Angeles with UFC star Conor McGregor predicting he will knock out unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in four rounds.
The build-up to the fight is expected to be almost bigger then the fight itself on August 26, with McGregor starting the trash talking from the outset.
“His little legs, his little core, his little head, I am going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words,” McGregor said. “I am a young, confident, happy man that has worked extremely hard for this.”
“He will be unconsciousness in four rounds. He has never faced this. I don’t fear him.”
WATCH: Odds Shark’s preview of the fight
If this was the first round of their pre-fight then it went to Mayweather, who pulled a cheque out for $100 million, his appearance fee for the fight, as part of his taunting of his rival.
“I don’t care if it’s a ring or it’s an octagon, I will kick ass. I don’t back down for anybody,” Mayweather told the 20,000-strong crowd at the press conference.
“You line them up and I will knock them down. On August 26, I’m gonna knock this bitch out too.”
“I’m not the same fighter as I was years ago, but I got enough to beat you. You will wave that white flag. You are going out on your face or your back.”
“God only made one thing perfect, and that is my boxing record.”
The money is with the Irishman, who opened $5.50 but is now $4.75. The odds on the fight eerily mirror those in the fight between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao earlier this month. In that fight, Horn won on points despite being a $4.75 outsider.
“Notorious is as confident as usual but punters are actually backing him to get the job done in the first round,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.
The favoured options are for Mayweather in round six, seven or eight – all at odds of $11.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor
$1.20 Floyd Mayweather (out from $1.15)
$4.75 Conor McGregor (in from $5.50)
Method of Victory
$1.67 Mayweather KO/TKO
$3.30 Mayweather Points or Decision
$5.50 McGregor KO/TKO
$26 McGregor Points or Decision
$21 Mayweather Round 1
$19 Mayweather Round 2
$17 Mayweather Round 3
$13 Mayweather Round 4
$13 Mayweather Round 5
$11 Mayweather Round 6
$11 Mayweather Jr Round 7
$11 Mayweather Jr Round 8
$13 Mayweather Jr Round 9
$17 Mayweather Jr Round 10
$17 Mayweather Jr Round 11
$21 Mayweather Jr Round 12
$26 McGregor Round 1
$26 McGregor Round 2
$26 McGregor Round 3
$26 McGregor Round 4
$34 McGregor Round 5
$34 McGregor Round 6
$41 McGregor Round 7
$41 McGregor Round 8
$51 McGregor Round 9
$51 McGregor Round 10
$67 McGregor Round 11
$67 McGregor Round 12
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