Floyd Mayweather has paid tribute to the qualities of Conor McGregor and reiterated his desire to fight the MMA star.
Talk of a bout between retired five-weight world champion Mayweather and reigning UFC lightweight champion McGregor has been ongoing over the past year, but many have dismissed the idea of such a bout given McGregor has never boxed professionally.
Mayweather is in no doubt over the Irishman’s fighting capabilities, however, and also confirmed his desire to make the fight happen.
Mayweather told Showtime’s Steve Farhood: “Every time McGregor goes out there and competes and wins, he does it standing up.
When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up so here is a hell of a fighter.
“He’s a very, very tough competitor and he has a will to win. Also, the UFC gloves are no different to boxing gloves, they are just a little bit smaller. But if a guy got power, he got power, and Conor McGregor got power.”
The 40-year-old, who equalled Rocky Marciano’s perfect 49-0 record before retiring in 2015, admits he is ready to fight as soon as McGregor gets clearance from the UFC.
“We already know what my number is. My number is there and he has to get his thing in order with his team,” Mayweather added.
“Once Conor McGregor speaks to the UFC and his bosses, then we can make it happen, because we all know that Floyd Mayweather is his own boss.”