Ever since reports first emerged late last week about a "mega-fight" between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr., a large section of the fighting community have been quick to dispel the speculation as pure rumour.
One man who has given legitimacy to the potential bout, however, is Floyd Mayweather Sr. Quoted over the weekend, the father of the 49-0 boxer claimed his son had told him he planned to go up against a UFC fighter in the near future.
Now, appearing in an interview on the Mayweather family's official YouTube channel, the 63-year-old has once again spoken about the potential bout - making two bold predictions that are sure to cause debate in the process:
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In the five-minute interview, which can be viewed in full further down this article, Mayweather Sr. was quizzed on a number of issues concerning a McGregor vs Mayweather bout.
Two things in particular stand out - aside, of course, from the fact the father of the boxing legend insisted any such fight would have to be strictly boxing only.
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Firstly, the veteran trainer believes, if a fight does materialise, it would be an even bigger event than the May 2015 bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao that smashed pay-per-view records:
"‘I think it would be bigger than Pacman and Floyd. You just wait and see," Mayweather Sr. explained.
MayPac generated over $400 million in US domestic revenue alone, so the claim any fight could match that is a bold one.
Neverthless, if there was one fight which could, a matchup between two of the most outspoken fighters in boxing and UFC history would be it. You just have to look at the hype generated by one newspaper report and a couple of tweets to see how big it could be.
Fans of both McGregor and Mayweather would probably agree with Mayweather Sr.'s first prediction. The second, though, won't sit well with the Irish UFC star's followers:
"I’m not going to say that it would be the quickest knockout of Floyd’s career. I’m not gonna say that," he said after giving McGregor a zero percent chance of winning a potential bout.
"But it would be one of the most humiliating fights that anyone could see."
Hardcore fans of McGregor and UFC are likely to back the MMA star's chances, even if the rumoured bout was strictly boxing.
In reality, however, you will be hard-pressed to find many people in the wider fighting world who would give the 27-year-old Dublin native much of a chance vs Mayweather outside of the octagon.
Although several months retired, and having drawn criticism for choosing easy opponents in recent years, 'Money' Mayweather didn't reach 49-0 and become a five-division world champion through luck.
Even his biggest critics can't deny his talent inside the boxing ring, and McGregor would surely struggle to compete with the 39-year-old if he was unable to deploy any of his Mixed Martial Arts expertise.
Whether the two fighters ever do come face-to-face across a ring remains to be seen. One thing you can't deny, though, is that the mere thought of it has everyone talking.
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