Thursday 23 November 2017

'He's more likely to lose from a brain aneurysm' - Top boxing writer savages McGregor's chances vs Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet in Las Vegas next week
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet in Las Vegas next week

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A top boxing writer has branded the upcoming fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather as 'insanely meaningless' while rubbishing the Dubliner's chances of claiming an upset victory.

News this week that the fighters will wear 8oz gloves on August 26 saw McGregor's odds shorten, but Mayweather is still 1/4 to improve his record to 50-0.

The fight has drawn polarising reactions from sports fans, with many questioning the legitimacy of the event since it is the UFC champion's first ever professional boxing match.

Speaking to Off The Ball last night, award-winning boxing writer Brin-Jonathan Butler offered a blunt assessment of both the fight, and McGregor's chances of beating Mayweather.

"I still think he [Mayweather] is more likely to lose this fight from a pulmonary embolism, tripping on the way to the ring, drowning in a spit bucket, a brain aneurysm, than Conor McGregor beating him competitively," he said.

"I don't think Michael Phelps would be competitive if he played Lebron James in basketball, this is a different sport. Mayweather was born into boxing and is one of the greatest boxer's that has ever lived.

"This isn't his sport, anymore than I would give Mayweather a chance if he fought him in the Octagon. It is apples and oranges. If he is able to pull it off, I'll be as blown away as anyone but this is an insanely meaningless fight."

It was put to Butler that the footage released from McGregor's sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi showed off some promising boxing skills, but he was still skeptical.

"It is telling that you saw eight seconds of footage from over 30 minutes of sparring," Butler said.

"That suggests to me that maybe the rest of it didn't look so good."

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