I'm inspired by Mayweather and Pacquiao says Adams on eve of "biggest fight of my career"

Nicola Adams turned pro in 2017 (PA Images)
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Nicola Adams says on the eve of "the biggest fight of my career" she takes confidence from the fact that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao both boxed into their 40s.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist currently has a record of 5-0 having turned professional at the older age of 34.

And Adams revealed Mayweather and Pacquiao's ability to fight, and in Pacquiao's case win world titles, into their 40s, is something "that definitely gives me confidence."

After winning the WBO World Flyweight title in October last year, she makes the first defence of her title against Mexican Maria Salinas at the Royal Albert Hall this Friday.

"She's tough, she's strong," said Adams when discussing her opponent.

"This is definitely the biggest fight of my career as a professional so far," she told BBC Sport.

"She's fought for the world title before and lost, and I'm planning to make sure it's the same outcome at the Royal Albert Hall."

Adams, 36, recently posted a cryptic message on social media which said 'I wonder how this medal would look on my mantlepiece' alongside a video of the 2020 Olympic medal.

When asked whether or not she is considering boxing there, she said: "Who knows? I like to keep people on their toes.

"I never like to rule anything out. You'll have to wait and see."