By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JNR will stop Conor McGregor inside six rounds.
That’s the prediction of WBA light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly who has backed superstar boxer Mayweather to easily beat the king of UFC.
Irishman McGregor will be making his professional boxing debut in the early hours of Sunday against one of the finest fighters to ever enter the ring.
Cleverly defends his title against Badou Jack on the undercard of the cash-rich clash.
But the Welshman is in no doubt who will win the big one this weekend.
He said: “It’s a fantasy fight. It’s captured the public’s imagination. It’s the best in boxing against the best in UFC. It’s also captured the casual fans. It’s a great event.
“Fair play to Mayweather and McGregor for making it happen. You can’t blame the guys for making it happen.
“Mayweather has a claim for the best ever, he’s mastered the hit and not be hit aspect of boxing. You’ve got the best in UFC, a hard-working guy stepping up to the plate to earn a lot of money.
“It’s a very different challenge for McGregor. He’s got a fighting chance but on a realistic chance he’s got none.
“I think Mayweather will stop him around six arounds, the middle of the fight.
“McGregor may give it a go but Mayweather will be too good. His timing and accuracy will be too good. His hit and not get hit technique will be far too much for McGregor.”
Welshman Cleverly insists the only chance McGregor has is if the American – currently unbeaten in 49 fights – suddenly becomes old over night at 40.
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“The only slice of hope he has is Mayweather hitting old age dramatically,” said Cleverly.
“That’s definitely possible but Mayweather is a very astute fighter, he knows he’s got this one last fight so there’s no way this guy will let it slip.
“There’s no way he will lose to a UFC fighter. He’s too shrewd not to be on it. He’s back for the money on offer, he’s a business man and an exceptional boxer.
“It’s possible he could age and lose everything but very, very unlikely. Not even the best pound for pound boxers got near him.”