When you’re widely considered to be one of the best boxers of all time, what’s a good way to drive up interest for a fight, with someone who has never competed in a pro-boxing bout? Evidently you talk about how you’re skills and abilities have slipped, and that the underdog, might just be the favorite….

Yes, that boxer is Floyd Mayweather, who will box Conor McGregor on August 26th. While many concede that the UFC champ has a puncher’s chance, especially since McGregor can bang, most folks understand the Irish star could be in for a rough night.

Well, recently Mayweather spoke with ESPN, and the 49-0 boxer made the case, as to why the upcoming fight could be competitive. Here is some of what Mayweather had to say:

“He’s a lot younger. When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man from top to bottom. He’s a lot younger, so youth is on his side,” Mayweather said. “And I’ve been off a couple of years. And I’m in my 40s. So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor.”

“I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was five years ago. I lost a step,” he said. “A fighter like Andre Berto isn’t even supposed to go the distance with Floyd Mayweather, but remember, I was 38. It’s obvious I’m slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like that go the distance with me.

“I’m not what I used to be.”

There you have it. Now, the question is, does Mayweather really believe all this? Hard to say.

He could purely be saying it as a means to promote the fight, and ensure people who believe it will be a blow out, still turn in. In addition, Mayweather could be considering these things, as a way to stay sharp and not under estimate McGregor. Which, despite the fact he’s never competed in a pro-boxing match, could prove to be Mayweather’s undoing.