In a sudden twist to the riveting build up to the superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor, the boxing superstar has admitted that his UFC rival has the edge on him.
Mayweather, 40, came out of retirement to put his unbeaten 49-0 record on the line when he takes on UFC champion McGregor in a $1billion Las Vegas showdown on August 26.
And as the clock counts down until their hugely-anticipated, if controversial bout, pound-for-pound king Mayweather has conceded his Irish rival, 29, has the upper hand, at least on “paper”.
“He’s a lot younger,” Mayweather said in a recent interview with ESPN.
“When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man from top to bottom.
“He’s a lot younger, so youth is on his side. And I’ve been off a couple of years. And I’m in my 40s. So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor.”
However, Mayweather has promised to deliver fireworks at the T-Mobile Arena nonetheless, insisting he “owes the public” after the disappointment of his underwhelming victory over Manny Pacquiao back in May 2015 in the overhyped “fight of the century”.
In a message to his fans, the ‘Money’ man said: “They’re gonna be pleased with this fight.”