The buildup to the heavily-hyped bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor — slated for Aug. 26 — is sure to be amplified by trash talk and media coverage.
As for the fight itself? Many boxing figures, including Oscar De La Hoya, think McGregor will get embarrassed in the boxing ring against the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all-time.
There aren’t many in the boxing community that give Conor McGregor a fighter’s chance against Floyd.
Another voice from the boxing community who shares that belief is a man who has seen Mayweather up close. Jack Catterall, a super-lightweight boxer who practiced with Mayweather before his fight against Manny Pacquiao and saw the writing on the wall for that fight, thinks the McGregor fight will be a “whitewash” in favor of Mayweather and that he expects “Floyd to win it 100%.”
“I wouldn’t say McGregor has earned his shot at Floyd. He has achieved a lot in the UFC but he is a celebrity more than anything, and it is his popularity that has given him his chance,” Catterall told Press Association of Sports, citing McGregor’s boxing inexperience.
“McGregor has a lot of confidence because of what he’s achieved in the UFC but he’s not getting in there with a domestic-level fighter, he’s getting in there with one of the greatest fighters of all-time. He can study and practice and drill as much as he wants, but when he steps into the ring it will be totally different. Mayweather’s cute little moves will make all the difference and it will be an easy fight for Mayweather.
Source: USA Today
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