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Anthony Joshua (middle) believes Mayweather will have too much for McGregor in their upcoming fight.

Anthony Joshua sends message to the Mayweather/McGregor haters

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We are just six days away from witnessing one of the most eagerly anticipated events in sporting history when Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather go head-to-head in Nevada.

But, whereas many are excited by the prospect of the clash, others have been heavily critical of the fight.

And they may have a point.

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Floyd Mayweather may be one of the greatest boxers ever, but he is now 40-years-old and has not fought since announcing his retirement two years ago.

He has returned to the ring to fight Conor McGregor; a fighter who made his name in the UFC and has never participated in a professional boxing match before.

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As a result, many have labelled the fight as a farce.

But, Anthony Joshua has defended the bout, claiming that the super-fight is the clash that the fans want to see.

The British heavyweight said: "It’s now a mega-event – they have done a great job of promoting a huge event in the combat sports world.

“It has become a global event. It’s rubbish [to criticise it].

“Why weren’t they complaining all those years ago when James Toney stepped in the UFC Octagon with Randy Couture?

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“The fans are deciding and that’s why this fight is happening.

“It has become one of the biggest fights ever."

The IBF, WBA, and IBO heavyweight champion also had his say on who he thought would win the fight.

The 27-year-old believes that the experience acquired by Mayweather over a long and successful boxing career will prove too much for his Irish opponent.

Joshua added: “Everyone has a chance in a fight, but Mayweather is the very elite of boxing. He is 49-0 for a reason.

“This fight has come around really quickly, and Floyd’s been in the game a long time.

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“Longevity has served him well, a long-term plan is always important and you can’t fault what he has done, or achieved.

"He grew up rough in Michigan and he has done well to get out of there.”

Joshua's backing of Mayweather is a result of his extraordinary boxing career, where he has accumulated an immaculate record of 49-0.

Along the way, he has disposed of some high quality fighters, and has been able to see off the challenges of Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton amongst others.

And he will go into the super-fight on August 26 the overwhelming favourite, as he looks to cement his legacy and notch his 50th consecutive win in a quite incredible boxing career.

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