Former two time heavyweight champion George Foreman is backing UFC superstar Conor McGregor to become a successful boxer.
McGregor made his boxing debut in August of 2017, when he was stopped in ten rounds by a comebacking Floyd Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In the aftermath of the loss, McGregor returned to the UFC.
Last month, he was knocked out in the second round of his rematch with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
In pre-fight interview, McGregor explained that his fight with Poirier was designed to prepare him for a potential boxing match with eight division champion Manny Pacquiao.
McGregor and Pacquiao are handled by the same management company and there was serious discussions to stage that fight in the summer.
Not only does Foreman believe McGregor would be better right now at boxing than mixed martial arts, he actually gives him a shot to beat Pacquiao.
“It’s hard for McGregor to accept it but he’s a better puncher than he is in MMA,” Foreman said to the Daily Star.
“I’d rather see him in boxing matches now. I think if he has a fight with Pacquiao he can actually beat him – good rules, over 10 rounds, McGregor can beat him. He’s already adjusted to boxing, he’s not going to do good in MMA anymore. Pacquiao is very good as a matter of fact, but McGregor can beat him in a boxing match.”
Pacquiao, 42-years-old, has been away from the ring since July of 2019, when he won a twelve round split decision over Keith Thurman to capture the WBA welterweight title.
A few weeks ago, the sanctioning body removed him from his world title position due to inactivity.