Mayweather out to put on a show

23 August 2017 03:34:41 EST

Floyd Mayweather Jr says he wants to gives the fans value for money with a dominant display against Conor McGregor on Saturday.

The 40-year-old will step back in to the ring for the first time in nearly two years for one of the most hyped contests in history against UFC star McGregor.

The unbeaten welterweight is expected to take his unblemished record to 50-0 against McGregor, who will be having his first professional boxing match and is 3/1 to cause a major upset.

The Irishman is known for his dramatic style in UFC and will be looking for the knockout, unlike Mayweather, who typically takes few chances in the ring and has not stopped an opponent since defeating Ricky Hatton in 2007.

The American was criticised for his conservative style in his last big fight against Manny Pacquiao, choosing to out-box the Filipino rather than go toe-to-toe as he recorded a unanimous points win in the highest grossing bout in history.

Having been branded boring by his critics, Mayweather has vowed to silence the doubters with a dramatic night of action in Las Vegas on Saturday, claiming McGregor's style will make for a thrilling contest.

"I'm doing it for myself but I want to entertain everybody, I want to give them a good show, and after the Pacquiao fight I feel like everybody deserves excitement, a lot more excitement," Mayweather said.

"Even with the Pacquiao fight, like I said before, no matter what way any situation goes, they always point the finger at me. This was a guy that throws a thousand punches, was the fighter of the decade.

"From the beginning, with the Pacquiao fight, if you go back and look at the first round, the first shot I hit him with, he felt the strength was totally different.

"We're going out there and will get it in from the beginning, from the opening bell. I truly believe (McGregor's) going to come out like (aggressive past opponent Marcos) Maidana, at the opening bell.

"I dealt with that before, so I know how it is. If he comes out like that, he's got to realise he's got to be able to keep that same endurance for 12 rounds, if you're planning on going the distance."

Mayweather is 4/15 to win the fight and 3/1 to record his first stoppage victory in a decade.

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