LOS ANGELES - The chance to embellish his unbeaten record will be uppermost in Floyd Mayweather's mind when he takes on Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in their hotly anticipated welterweight fight in Las Vegas later this month.
Mayweather has not fought for nearly two years but believes he will be in prime condition when he returns to the ring from retirement for the September 19 clash over 12 rounds at the MGM Grand.
"It's very important for me," Mayweather said during a conference call on Tuesday of his bid to maintain an unblemished career record of 39-0 with 25 knockouts.
"I am just happy to say that I'm going down as a Hall of Famer and it's extremely important for me to go out there to perform well and dominate. I've got to go out there and be smart, be intelligent and listen to my uncle Roger," he added, referring to his coach Roger Mayweather. "If I do that, we will come out 'A' okay."
Mayweather, who has not fought since his 10th-round stoppage of Britain's Ricky Hatton in a WBC welterweight title bout in December 2007, felt his opponents always held one advantage.
"When you go out there with an undefeated record, there is no pressure on these fighters because they have nothing to lose," the flamboyant 32-year-old American said.
Mayweather said he would not underestimate the challenge posed by Marquez, a Mexico City native who has a 50-4-1 record with 37 knockouts.
"He is Mexico's numero uno. He's one hell of a fighter with over 50 wins and champion in more than just one weight class. Believe me, Marquez is not going to lay down. There's going to be blood, sweat and tears on September 19." - Reuters