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Dana White: McGregor Says He’ll Knock Out Mayweather ‘Within 4 Rounds’
You don’t even have to be an MMA fan to know that Conor McGregor is an extremely confident man.
For months, he continued to bait Floyd Mayweather into fighting him and he finally got his wish when it was announced last week. If you thought McGregor was just going to show up and collect his massive paycheck, you thought wrong, according to UFC President Dana White.
McGregor is looking to shock the world by not only winning, but by knocking Mayweather out.
“I stopped doubting Conor McGregor a long time ago,” White said, according to MMAFighting.com’s Jed Meshew.
“Last night I landed at LAX and Conor landed at the same time from Ireland. We both landed at the same time and I was waiting for him to get out of the plane. He gets off a flight from Ireland, looks like he was just fitted at Armani, walks off the plan and says, ‘I will knock this man out within four rounds.’”
Mayweather is one of the greatest defensive boxers of all time and if his opponents, who trained for boxing all their life, can’t knock him down, it’s definitely going to be a tall task for the UFC lightweight champion.
Although White is in the cheering section for McGregor, he knows better than to bet against Mayweather.
“Mayweather is very poised and controlled. Mayweather’s a really smart guy. As I got into the deal – he’s surrounded by a lot of smart people too, which made it much easier to get the deal done than I thought it would,” said White. “I deal with a lot of people that think they’re smart and they’re not and it makes it a lot harder.
“I always respected Floyd. Floyd and I have had our moments in the public here and there but I’ve always respected Floyd and Al Haymon is a very smart guy. Very smart guy. It was actually a pleasure doing business with him.
“But Conor is a madman. Conor is a madman. He’s gonna let Floyd know what he’s gonna do and how he’s gonna do it and everybody’s been saying to me this whole time, ‘Do you think that Conor can really beat Floyd Mayweather?’ Pacquiao just got beat by a school teacher, okay.”
“The Irish thing is so big. Me and my partner Lorenzo, when we first met Conor McGregor and we felt it with him,” said White. “We felt that energy and that buzz within the Irish community. . . It’s the Irish thing. The Irish thing is big. Yes, you have an African American who is arguably the greatest of all time against an off the charts charismatic, incredibly hard-punching Irish fighter. It’s huge.”