Sunday 21 January 2018

Katie Taylor offers sensible reason why Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather 'billion dollar fight' won't happen

Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor
Katie Taylor and Conor McGregor

David Kearns

Irish Olympic champion Katie Taylor has dismissed rumours of a 'billion dollar’ showdown between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, saying that the megabucks bout is “all talk”.

Hints that The Notorious could square up against the now retired five-weight world champion have been circulation for months now.

McGregor, who has not fought since suffering a defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, has repeatedly claimed he has what it takes to defeat Mayweather, who, in turn, has often dismiss the Irish UFC featherweight champion's comments as "a publicity stunt".

Even UFC President Dana White recently weighed in on the speculative bout, saying that such a match up was not likely “given the personalities and business interests” involved.

Echoing such sentiments, five time World Champion and 2012 gold medallist winner boxing legend Katie Taylor (29) told that McGregor and Mayweather were “all talk” when it came to the pair stepping into the ring together.

“I think its more talk than anything else. Neither is trained properly to fight one another.

“They compete in two completely different sports. I can’t see it being a reality because it would be such a lopsided bout if either side wasn’t allowed to fight as they’re trained to do.

“You can’t put a boxer in a MMA ring and expected him to fight at his best; it just doesn’t work that way.”

Speaking at the launch of Ireland's official Olympic team kit for the Rio games, the London gold medallist said it would be “business as usual” when she stepped into the ring in August.

“I can only take each fight as it comes. No competition is ever easy but I’m looking forward to the next few months and I’m very confident that I’ll bring back another gold medal,” the Wicklow-native said when asked about her recent defeat at the World Championships.

“I’ve got to be at my very best to win, and that’s what I planned to do. Win.”

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