Watch: Floyd Mayweather defends Conor McGregor plans, explains fight can be competative

Esther Lin

Former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., speaking on his 40th birthday special televised on Showtime, has reiterated his desire to fight UFC champion Conor McGregor.

In a brief interview with Steve Farhood, Mayweather outlined the selling power of the contest, whilst defending McGregor to those fans who believe the Irishman is no match for him.

Whilst ‘The Notorious’ has been impressive in the octagon, McGregor has never fought in a boxing ring professionally and many see the fight as highly one-sided.

Mayweather made a point of mentioning the power possessed by McGregor, who has only ever lost on points and via submission.

“I’m here, let’s make it happen,” Mayweather said on the Showtime telecast, as if talking directly to McGregor himself.

Mayweather then went on to defend his choice of opponent to Farhood: “Every time McGregor goes out there and competes and wins, he do it standing up. When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up so here 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 just a little bit smaller. But if a guy got power, he got power and Conor McGregor got power.”

Asked by Farhood how much it would take to get him back in the ring, the newly-turned 40 year-old stated: “We don’t really have to talk about that. We already know what my number is (nine figures). My number is there and he has to get his thing in order with his team. 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.

“We got Showtime PPV, Mayweather Promotions – which is the past, the present and the future of sports entertainment so let’s make the fight happen.”