Conor McGregor ready to ‘put on the performance of a lifetime’ against Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor has defied the odds before.

When he faced Jose Aldo in 2015, McGregor promised that he was about to shock the world and dethrone the only featherweight champion in UFC history.

It then took McGregor just 13 seconds to knockout Aldo and claim his spot as the best 145-pound fighter in the sport.

When McGregor asked to move up a weight class with an opportunity to become the first ever simultaneous two-division UFC champion, he said he would dismantle Eddie Alvarez in record fashion.

Less than two rounds later, McGregor was holding onto two title belts as the reigning lightweight and featherweight champion of the world.

This time around, McGregor is once again facing a mountain of adversity as he prepares to face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match this Saturday night from Las Vegas. Much like the fights with Aldo and Alvarez, McGregor has heard plenty of detractors tell him he has absolutely no shot at becoming the first person to ever hand Mayweather a loss.

In fact, some boxing experts are struggling to find a way McGregor could land a punch much less actually beat Mayweather in the ring.

Still, McGregor has never let an ounce of self-doubt creep into his mind and that’s no different just six days away from the biggest fight of his entire career.

“We’re ready to go put on the performance of a lifetime,” McGregor told the MacLife this weekend. “Of my lifetime, of my team’s lifetime and I’m ready to go and change the face of the fight game once again.”



Perhaps the biggest advantage in McGregor’s corner going into the fight is that he’s been in these situations before.

Not so much because McGregor has faced adversity with pundits and fighters telling him he has no shot to win, but more so that he’s been involved in some of the biggest events in the history of combat sports.

McGregor seems to thrive in the spotlight and that’s something he truly feels is an advantage going into the fight against Mayweather.

Not since Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 did he step into the ring as the lesser known fighter. Since that moment, Mayweather has been the superstar and the person who always shows up to perform on fight night.

This time around, Mayweather is facing his equal in McGregor because the 29-year old Dublin native has been selling out arenas and producing gaudy numbers on pay-per-view that helped earn him this spot in the first place.

“I’ve been in this life a long time. I’ve had these mega-fights, I’m under this spotlight a long time,” McGregor said. “A lot longer than all his other previous opponents. That’s why he’s probably feeling that will come to his aid in there but I’ve experienced this time and time again.

“Couple that with what you’re talking about, the true fights in the ring. There’s no spars here. That referee is fully kitted, point deductions, and it’s a full on fight. I’m ready.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.