Irish boxers Carl Frampton and Jason Quigley have been voicing their opinion on the upcoming superfight between compatriot Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
With the bout now officially pencilled in for August 26th, the hypotheticals have turned into full-blown predictions, and Frampton and Quigley can see it playing out very differently.
Frampton, who also had a fight announced on Wednesday (a WBC world featherweight title eliminator against Andres Gutierrez in July) only to see it buried under the avalanche by the end of the day, thinks that McGregor’s lack of boxing experience will count against him in the ring.
Given the fact that it is a straight boxing match, something that Mayweather is extremely well-versed in, Frampton is of the opinion that the UFC lightweight champion will be “lucky to lay a glove” on the 49-0 legend:
“I think it’s a bit unfair because boxing and MMA are two different sports and Conor McGregor, if I’m being blatantly honest, if he lands a glove on Mayweather he’ll be doing very well.”
“Mayweather makes fighters like Manny Pacquaio and Canelo Alvarez look very ordinary. I don’t think McGregor has the boxing prowess to do anything with Mayweather.
“It’s unfair, it’s two different sports but both of them will make a lot of money out of it and even Conor probably knows that himself.
“It’s a bit of the old WWE sort of stuff, razzmatazz. If it happens both guys will make a lot of money, but Mayweather wins.”
via RTE Sport
Quigley, however, sees is rather differently. The Donegal native is predicting a massive upset on the night, proving once and for all that McGregor is the better fighter of the two.
The 13-0 middleweight told Sky Sports:
“People will think I’m crazy and people will go mad about this but, mark my words, Conor McGregor is going to knock Floyd Mayweather out cold.
“You’ve heard it here first. Conor believes it, I believe it and Ireland believes it.
“Floyd is moving on in his career, he’s getting past it a little bit now. He keeps himself well, don’t get me wrong, but Floyd Mayweather won’t hurt or won’t damage Conor McGregor.
“In the UFC, the stuff they go through on the ground with knees and elbows, everything, I think Conor McGregor is definitely going to open a lot of eyes.
“He’s going to make history and be the first man to knock Mayweather out cold.”
— Sky Sports Boxing ? (@SkySportsBoxing) June 15, 2017