American Floyd Mayweather insists he is relishing his fight with Conor McGregor after giving the public what they wanted earlier this week.
Rumours of a potential clash had been rife for the last six months and the undefeated boxing superstar confirmed the August fight on Wednesday night.
The 40-year-old will meet the UFC icon at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26 and he goes into the bout as the heavy favourite.
Mayweather last fought in September 2015 when he beat Andre Berto to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and he will return to the ring at 154lbs.
McGregor has never boxed on the professional circuit before but Mayweather is still expecting a difficult night.
The Irishman became the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two weight divisions last year and Mayweather admits his rival will be competitive until the very end.
He told BlackSportsOnline: “McGregor is a tough competitor. People all around the world demanded this fight so I had to give them what they wanted to see.
“They asked for this fight. I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I’m back. “Both parties are very happy. He’s very happy, I’m very happy and I can’t wait.
You’re supposed to stand behind your man. Stand behind the fighter that you believe in. He’s a hell of a competitor.”
Mayweather’s last knockout victory came against Victor Ortiz in 2011 but he is still priced at 1.80 to stop McGregor inside 12 rounds.