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Floyd Mayweather explains why Conor McGregor could BEAT him in boxing match

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 3/05/2017 Robert Hynes
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Floyd Mayweather has hinted that Conor McGregor could pull of the shock of all shocks and beat him in a boxing match.

The two have long been linked with a superfight and the American believes the UFC champion could upset the odds.

Referring to McGregor as the "2nd biggest name in MMA", he told TMZ: "I'm not gonna sit right here and knock Conor McGregor. He's gone out there and done what he's had to do. It's obvious he's done something right thus far to get to the point where he's at .

"I've been off for a couple years and I'm 40 years old now. So, I'm a lot older and he's still in his 20s and I'm in my 40s now. So that could play a major key, we don't know. And he's a heavy hitter.

"Has he signed a contract yet? Absolutely not. In due time, we'll just see."

Mayweather is long odds-on favourite for the proposed bout with the bookies, with McGregor being a 33/1 outsider.

But Mayweather isn't taking anything for granted and insists McGregor could pull off an upset.

He added: Every time he goes out there and defeats fighters, he's standing up. He's in a boxing position and he's beating fighters.

"Does he have a good chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather? I can't say, but anything can happen in the sport of boxing."

Mayweather's comments come after his dad said he would "beat the s***" out of McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather Sr told FightHype.com: "Here I am, I’m a 64-year-old man and I’ll beat your ass. I’ll beat the s*** out of McGregor!"

He added: "Floyd’s gonna turn him upside down."

Vice President of Showtime Sports Stephen Espinoza recently said that talks for the fight were "at a standstill".

He told Stitcher: "It's largely at a standstill. There hasn't been a ton of progress and I think if they don't move relatively quickly, people may move on."

He added: "I think part of the fear on the UFC's side is that they'll never see Conor again.

"If he makes 50, 60, 70 and then you never see him in the ring and he retires in Ireland and so much for their megastar.”

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