Former world super-middleweight champion turned analyst Carl Froch has issued a blunt warning to Floyd Mayweather not to let down the sport of boxing when he takes on Conor McGregor on August 26.
The pair face off in what will be McGregor’s first professional boxing fight, while for the undefeated Mayweather, it will be his 50th outing.
The disparity in experience and the general agreement that Mayweather is one of the greatest ever in the sport has ensured that McGregor is the resounding underdog for the fight, with the boxing fraternity unanimously backing the American for an easy win.
Speaking on Sky Sports on Monday, Froch joined the chorus of his peers and dismissed McGregor’s chances of success. However, the retired champion did issue a warning to Mayweather not to let the sport of boxing down.
“Anybody who knows anything about boxing doesn’t give Conor McGregor a chance.
“I thoroughly expect Floyd Mayweather to win, but he’d better not let the world of boxing down. I hope he wins it for boxing but this is an amazing event and I can’t wait for it.
“McGregor’s got to land something, a punch, quite hard and hurtful early on to be within any chance but anyone who knows boxing isn’t giving him a chance.
“This is a Mission: Impossible.”
Froch did raise a concern over Mayweather’s age and the fact that he is coming out of a two-year retirement and wondered if this would have an impact on the looming contest.
“McGregor is 29 against a guy who is 40 – a little bit older than me – and he’s been retired for a couple of years. You really do ‘feel’ you’re retired, you become civilised and soft and you lose that fighting mentality.
“Floyd has brittle hands, so how is the training camp going to go? I am just looking for some positives for Conor here and Mayweather isn’t the Mayweather we know from two, three, four, five years ago when he was the best of the best.
“We are just going to have to wait and see.”
So, while it seems the English boxer has every confidence in Mayweather securing the win, he is hedging his bets ever so slightly due to the fact that with McGregor, you simply cannot rule him out.
The Irishman has the ability to cause an upset with his heavy hands and will be looking to do just that against Mayweather on August 26.