Hopkins Rips Mayweather: Shows a Lack of Respect For Boxing!

Future Hall of Famer and former two division unified champion Bernard Hopkins believes UFC superstar Conor McGregor should not be allowed to fight someone like Floyd Mayweather Jr. - who is still the biggest name in the sport.

A deal was finalized for Mayweather, 40, to return to the ring for a boxing match against McGregor, on August 26th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Both athletes stand to make over $100 million from the Showtime pay-per-view showdown.


Hopkins can't believe that someone like McGregor - who has no experience in a boxing ring - would be allowed to fight someone like Mayweather, who is an undefeated former five division world champion and regarded as the best boxer of this generation.

Hopkins is offended that an athlete from another sport, would be allowed to receive the opportunity to make a nine figure payday without paying his dues in the sport.

"This is all fake news. First of all, he hasn't fought an amateur fight to my knowledge. I've checked around and I've been around the game for a long time. He hasn't had any experience as an amateur or a professional. How does any commission, in Vegas or anywhere, give him a license to fight a guy like Mayweather, who is one of the icon guys of our era," Hopkins said.

"How does he get that chance? Boxing should not let, we should not let, the people in business of boxing should not let a person to just walk right in and get the grand prize of boxing. You can't do it in basketball, football, hockey. It ruins the credibility [of boxing]."

Mayweather has no problem allowing McGregor to make a record amount of money. He views McGregor as a credible opponent - although nearly every expert has listed the MMA superstar as a massive underdog.

Hopkins believes Mayweather is sending a bad message by going along with the fight.

"That shows you the lack of respect that he has for the sport," Hopkins said.

Hopkins has a dog in the fight. He is a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, who three weeks later, on September 16th, also at T-Mobile Arena, are staging a massive event where Canelo Alvarez will challenge middleweight king Gennady Golovkin on HBO Pay-Per-View.

The fact that Mayweather-McGregor is taking place three weeks prior is certainly going to have some impact on the overall business, and pre-fight media coverage, for Canelo-Golovkin.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Spoon23 on 06-26-2017

[QUOTE=T3dBundy;17803904]we all know GGG vs canelo is the biggest fight of the year, but i will still watch mayweather vs mcgregor. if i had to choose between the two i would def. prefer watching ggg vs canelo, but that doesnt…

Comment by Schmerzen on 06-26-2017

[QUOTE=Spoon23;17803884]Ah no. Only gullible boxing fans which are a few, and fanboys who are crazy about Floyd will pay for this circus show. Others will be outside boxing. MMA fans, Casuals who watch wrestling WWE etc. Those who will watch…

Comment by Spoon23 on 06-26-2017

[QUOTE=T3dBundy;17803889][B]thats nonsense. conor has a crazy fanbase,[/B] he has the same hype pacquiao had like 5-9 years ago. he is one of the best trashtalkers today and always backed it up. he made a name for himself by beating ppl…

Comment by Schmerzen on 06-26-2017

[QUOTE=Spoon23;17803766] Now what's wrong in this May Mac fight is they turned it into a sanctioned fight that show the level of corruption in boxing is quite astonishing that a novice boxer that never had an amateur and pro fight…

Comment by Spoon23 on 06-26-2017

[QUOTE=T3dBundy;17803857]people wanna see this fight, mma fans + boxing fans wanna see this fight, only that matters. they wont even fight for a title or anything, just show the fans what they wanna see.[/QUOTE] Ah no. Only gullible boxing fans…

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