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McGregor focuses on victory

Sunday, August 13, 2017

MIXED martial arts fighter Conor McGregor says he has become "the face of the fight game" ahead of his upcoming multi-million dollar boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas this month.

The 29-year-old Irishman, who has never boxed professionally, told reporters at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas on Friday that his sole concern was getting the win, and that the cash was a secondary issue. UFC lightweight champion McGregor is due to face the 40-year old Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0, on Aug. 26 in a 12-round super welterweight boxing bout.

"I am the face of the fight game, period. And I'll rule over both (boxing and MMA) with an iron fist — an iron left fist," he told reporters.

The fight against "Money" Mayweather will shoot the brash Irishman into the financial stratosphere, but McGregor said he was not worried about the cash.

"The word (money) isn't even in my vocabulary. I'm preparing to win, and to win in devastating fashion," he said. "I don't care about money. As long as I make my correct decisions and don't make stupid decisions, I'm set for life."

Wearing a robe made for him by fashion designer Donatella Versace, emblazoned with his name and "Notorious" nickname in gold on the back, McGregor said he felt in "pristine condition" as he had his hands wrapped for the workout.

"This is a fight that has been in my crosshairs since Floyd's been opening his mouth, simple as that," McGregor said of his decision to chase a match-up against one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Both fighters have said that the contest at the T-Mobile Arena will not go the full 12 rounds. Mayweather told the media at his workout on Thursday that the fight going the distance would represent a victory for his 29-year-old opponent.

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