By Ryan Burton
DeJuan Blake wears many hats professionally. His Affiliation Management stable of boxers is growing at a fast pace and he also plays an important role in Floyd Mayweather's career and will be in his corner again when he faces Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night. The mega-fight will be distributed by Showtime Pay-Per-View and is expected to break or come close to breaking all pay-per-view records.
While some critics have said the fight won't be competitive, Blake feels that the event will provide great exposure for both the boxing and MMA worlds.
"I think that it is good for the sport of boxing, good for the sport of UFC. It is good overall. It's good for the state of Nevada. It will be interesting and a hell of a performance by both parties," he explained.
Mayweather surprised many when he said that he will be going for a knockout and backed up his words by asking for - and getting the green light by the Nevada State Athletic Commission - for both men to wear 8 ounce gloves when they step in the ring on Saturday.
Blake said that he isn't surprised at all that Mayweather is looking to finish off McGregor in less than 12 rounds. He also believes that an early knockout is the best chance McGregor has at pulling off the upset.
"Not at all. I was hoping that is what he would want. Because of all the experience Floyd has, he would want to get him out of there real quick so that would open him up to get knocked out at the same time so it's a catch, catch," Blake stated.
"(McGregor) is very awkward. With time I feel that he will figure him out but it is hard with that style and I heard he switches to southpaw too. Floyd sparred with awkward styles in this training camp so I think he will be well prepared."
Mayweather has retired twice before but has repeatedly said that this will be the final fight of his illustrious career. Blake believes that going out with a blaze of glory in what will the most lucrative or second most lucrative fight of his career is the perfect ending to a 50-0 Hall of Fame career.
"I would think so. Nothing better than to go out with a bang, making a substantial amount of money and creating a buzz. I don't know of any fighter who went out like this so yeah I think it will be his last one," Blake told BoxingScene.com.
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