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Mayweather: 'My legacy is already set'

From ESPN - July 15, 2017

NEW YORK -- First came a half-hour of trash talk, cursing and ridiculous showmanship on Thursday night before 13,165 cheering fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor roared through a profanity-filled, over-the-top commercial for their Aug. 26 junior middleweight megafight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It was the third stop on their four-city, three-country world tour that began Tuesday in Los Angeles, hit Toronto on Wednesday and concluded Friday in London with some 50,000 fans turning out to take in the X-rated show in advance of the Showtime PPV fight many believe will break the all-time pay-per-view record of 4.6 million buys and some $600 million in revenue that Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao set in their long-awaited showdown in 2015.

But when Thursday night's performance was over, Mayweather toned things down when he came to the interview room to talk to the writers. One of the topics he touched on was his intent to return to retirement after the fight with McGregor.

He promised this is one and done.

"I gave [adviser] Al Haymon my word. I shook his hand, gave him a hug. I promised him, I gave him my word," Mayweather said about returning to retirement after the fight. "He said, 'Son, you do not want for nothing.' I own so much property, made so many smart investments. It's truly a blessing. I am just thankful for being in this position; to be able to be at this age [40] and still be competing against guys in their 20s. It's a blessing, but if you look at it on paper, everything leans toward him [McGregor] on paper.

"He's bigger, he has a 74-inch reach, I have a 72-inch reach. I am inactive. He's active. Youth is on his side. He's in his 20s, I am in my 40s."

McGregor turned 29 on Friday, and while he does have those advantages over Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs), one of the boxing's all-time greats, he has never boxed even though he is one of the best fighters in MMA and UFC's biggest star.

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