Floyd Mayweather surprisingly labelled Conor McGregor as a ‘stand-up guy’ in their final altercation before locking horns in the ring.
The build-up to this weekend’s long-awaited showdown between former five-weight world champion Mayweather and UFC lightweight title holder McGregor has been characterised by the pair trading obscene insults at each other.
But there was much more of an atmosphere of mutual respect as the pair appeared in front of the cameras for their final press conference at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, on Wednesday afternoon.
Mayweather was particularly statesmanlike and subdued in his remarks – even paying tribute to McGregor’s credentials as a fighter.
The American said: ‘Conor McGregor has had a hell of a career, he’s still got a hell of a career.
‘I’m pretty sure he has had a tremendous training camp. Now it comes down to the two competitors, going out there, displaying our skills and giving the fans what they want to see. The best fighting the best.
‘He’s the best at what he does, I’m the best at what I do.’
Saturday night’s bout is on course to be the biggest grossing boxing match of all time and will be available to watch in more than 200 countries.
The WBC has even created a new belt for the occasion, bedecked with 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds and 1.5kg of 24-carat gold.
Mayweather is confident that he will take that title in his final outing – backing both his experience and ring-craft as decisive factors.