By George Mills, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID HAYE questioned whether Conor McGregor possesses the firepower to cause Floyd Mayweather problems when the pair finally meet this weekend.
After months of build-up counting down to what is expected to become the highest-grossing fight in combat sports history, Mayweather and McGregor will come to blows at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Earlier this month, the California State Athletic Commission made a one-time exception to their own rule stipulating the size of the gloves that the fighters would ordinarily be made to fight in.
The exemption will allow the bout to go ahead with smaller, 8oz gloves in lieu of the 10oz pair they would have otherwise needed to fight in.
It was a move that many saw as giving McGregor an advantage, although former two-weight world heavyweight champion David Haye claimed it showed “Money” Mayweather’s confidence heading into the multi-million dollar showdown.
Speaking to Betfair, Haye said: "I heard Mayweather say in the press conference 'wear whatever you want' and I remember thinking that was a throwaway comment but, now if they are going to wear 8oz gloves, maybe Mayweather has zero fear that someone like McGregor can catch him clean.
"Mayweather has beaten over 20 current world champions and people who've been boxing since they were little kids.
“Canelo Alvarez was undefeated in his early 20s and could barely lay a glove on Mayweather."
Fellow MMA star-turned-boxer Michael Venom Page, who recently signed with Hayemaker Promotions to begin his boxing career, agreed.
“You still have to hit the person and you're talking about someone who rarely gets hit and has rarely been hit in his career and when it has it's never been that clean,” he added.
Despite being touted as a rank outsider by many fans and pundits alike, McGregor's odds to claim victory have continued to fall.
He's now priced at 7/2 – with Mayweather 3/10 to improve his 49-0 record with a 50th consecutive win.
For more from Haye and Page head to https://www.betfair.com/sport/boxing