UFC sensation Conor McGregor is certainly a man not short of confidence, and he’s got himself in the headlines yet again after making another outlandish statement ahead of his fight with Jose Aldo.
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In an interview with Esquire, the Irishman declared he could easily defeat American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in “less than thirty seconds”.
“I don’t look at a man who’s expert in one area as a specialist,” McGregor told Esquire.
“I look at him as a rookie in ten other areas. If you can box, what happens if I grab hold of your legs? If you put me face-to-face with Floyd Mayweather — pound-for-pound boxing’s best — if I fought Floyd, I would kill him in less than thirty seconds.
“It would take me less than thirty seconds to wrap around him like a boa constrictor and strangle him.”
McGregor has previously stated that his UFC 189 fight with Jose Aldo would rival that of Mayweather’s with Manny Pacquiao, and perhaps not surprisingly, he says his showdown with Aldo was already a foregone conclusion.
“Trash talk? Smack talk? This is an American term that makes me laugh. I simply speak the truth,” McGregor explained to Esquire.
“I’m an Irish man. We don’t give a f*** about feelings. We’ll tell you the truth.
“People ask me a question about somebody, I tell them the truth. I don’t have anything bad to say about Jose Aldo. It’s pretty plain and simple. His time is up. It’s done. There’s somebody ruthless coming to get him. There’s somebody cold coming to get him. I can look at him dead in the eye and say, It’s done. You’re over now. You’re a champion that nobody gave a f*** about.
“Nobody cared about him before I came along. Nobody cared about the division before I came along. He’s a decision machine. He can barely finish his dinner, never mind his opponent. And he’s fought bums. He’s fought little small bantamweights and he still can’t put them away. Now he’s coming in against a monster of a featherweight who hits like a truck. It’s over for him. I don’t need to say jack**** else. July is a wrap. It’s inevitable.”
McGregor – nicknamed ‘The Notorious’ – holds a 17-2-0 record in the UFC but has a battle on his hands to defeat Aldo.
The Brazilian is the current featherweight champion with 25-1-0 record and will go into the fight as favourite.
Aldo won his last fight via unanimous decision against Chad Mendes, while McGregor defeated Dennis Siver with a round two KO/TKO.