Currently riding a four fight win streak in the UFC and with a professional record of 18-2, Kevin Lee has just confirmed that he has been brought in to help Floyd Mayweather prepare for his proposed super-fight with Conor McGregor.
Over the past few weeks, it has looked increasingly certain that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will inevitably throw down in a boxing ring.
Speaking last weekend, McGregor stated that the pair were ‘very close’ to inking a deal while last week, UFC President Dana White acknowledged for the very first time, that he thought the fight was going to happen.
Now, speaking with Helen Yee of Eyes On The Game (per Bloody Elbow), UFC lightweight Kevin Lee has announced that he will be helping the undefeated boxer to prepare for the bout.
“That fight with Floyd, it’s going to happen. Floyd’s management reached out to me a little while ago and asked me to be a part of the camp. So I’m excited to do that, I could use a couple bucks in my pocket, that’s for sure.”
“It’s a win-win situation for him [McGregor]. If he loses — which he’s going to lose, he don’t stand a chance in the fight — he knows it going in he’s just there for the cash grab and then he’ll come back and fight Nate, or he’ll bump up and fight Tyron, before he jumps down and messes with us real killers at 155. He ain’t stupid…”
“It’s great for MMA. It’s a win-win for everybody, all things considered. As long as the UFC gets their cut. I think is the only thing holding them back is to negotiate the UFC’s number, because I’m pretty sure the UFC’s going to want a third.”
“But it’s great for MMA, because it has no downside. It’s horrible for boxing, I ain’t gonna lie. And they’re paying me, so I better…(laughs)…but it’s horrible for boxing. I think it’s going to kill the sport of boxing, but the money is too large to pass up.”
Discussing the fight in greater detail and how exactly he can help Mayweather prepare for the bout, Lee discussed how McGregor will likely try to deploy some MMA tactics by roughing up the 40-year-old in the clinch. Surprisingly, the UFC lightweight also stated with absolute certainty that Mayweather will not be able to knock out the Irishman.
“Floyd isn’t going to knock out Conor. Conor’s a much bigger man. I expect Conor to come out and try to sling Floyd around a little bit in the clinch, try to wear him down. If things get too hectic about that seventh, eighth round, he might start — I don’t know, he might start to rough him up with some elbows. I’m pretty sure Floyd’s going to have us prepare him for that — being able to throw him around, and maybe even kick him a little bit. You never know.”
Check out the interview in full below.