Monday 18 December 2017

'Conor's putting his head on the block here' - Michael Carruth backs Mayweather to defeat McGregor

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1992 Olympic gold medalist Michael Carruth has backed Floyd Mayweather Jr. to defeat UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the Dubliner's professional boxing debut in Las Vegas later this month.

Mayweather is the overwhelming favourite to extend his professional boxing record to 50-0, which would surpass Rocky Marciano's undefeated mark of 49-0, with Carruth pointing to Mayweather's experience and physical conditioning as the difference between the two fighters.

"As an Irishman I'm very supportive of him," he told Kathryn Thomas on RTÉ Radio 1's The Ray D'Arcy Show.

"Ten years ago the guy was on the dole and he's made a great life for himself.

"As a boxing person it's a different thing. I'd like to think sports stay away from other sports, that's the way it should be.

"Would you take a payday of $100m? Of course you would. You can't blame Conor for that."

"Mayweather is arguably one of the greatest fighters of all time. Conor has never been tested in a boxing ring. We shouldn't mix with anyone.

"GAA won't mix with rugby, rugby won't mix with soccer. I'm not a firm believer in this fight but it is what the people want.

"Would you take a payday of $100m? Of course you would. You can't blame Conor for that.

"I just hope it is a proper fight. It's run by the rules of boxing; it can't be run by the rules of MMA. Conor's putting his head on the block here. Mayweather has beaten more world champions than any other boxer has. He's been in against the very best.

"Conor hasn't been tested in a boxing ring. He's younger, he's fitter. That's probably the advantage he's looking at but Mayweather is not the kind of guy who lets himself get out of shape either.

"He's got the hand speed of a 25-year-old, he's got the sharpness of a 30-year-old and he's got the experience of 49 fights and no defeats.

"He's not going in there to lose that fight."

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