Friday 28 July 2017

McGregor 'would be killed' if he takes on Mayweather, claims legendary promoter

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Eddie Alvarez
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Eddie Alvarez
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum has warned Conor McGregor that he ‘would be killed’ if he signs up for a mega-money fight against Floyd Mayweather.

News that McGregor has secured a boxing license in California has sparked a fresh round of speculation over a possible showdown with Mayweather, with both camps eager to fan the flames of publicity in recent days.

McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh suggested earlier this week that he was confident of a McGregor v Mayweather fight at some point in 2017, yet promoter Arum has warned the UFC star against making his boxing debut against unbeaten Mayweather.

While Mayweather is currently retired, he has hinted that he would return to the ring for one final payday in what would be a fight against McGregor, yet promoter Arum has warned against what would be a slightly bizarre spectacle in Las Vegas.

“It’d be a joke. Floyd would take out McGregor whenever he wanted,” Arum told TMZ.

“I’d jump at the chance if Conor wanted to sign on (as a promoter), but I would warn him about the huge odds against him. He would be killed.”

Meanwhile, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions has given a less than flattering view of a fight against McGregror, as he suggested the Dubliner was a ‘con’ who will always be viewed as a quitter after his defeat against Nate Diaz in March.

“He’s a very good MMA fighter, give credit where it’s due,” Ellerbe told ESPN.

“It’s kind of played out now. Just stop it. The con game is over. Go out there and worry about dominating the UFC because three fights ago he lost, he was quitting. You couldn’t even mention the word quit with Floyd Mayweather.

“It’s all a game. It’s all a calculated effort to gain more fans. He got a boxing license. Congratulations to him. Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to but he has a boss and his name is (UFC president) Dana White.

“He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can’t because his bosses wouldn’t allow that to happen.

“The brass (company) who recently purchased the UFC are very smart people and they would never - and put this in bold caps - let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”

Despite all the negativity surrounding this potential match-up, McGregor v Mayweather remains the topic of heated conversation on social media and in the mainstream press.

As the saying goes, all publicity is good publicity.

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