It’s been billed as the fight to end all fights and a bout that could settle the debate as to whether UFC or boxing is the more skilled discipline, but Manny Pacquaio is not having any of it.
The eight-division champ and boxing legend reckons Floyd Mayweather Jr will make short work of Conor McGreggor when the pair go up against each other later this year.
Worse still, he reckons the hotly-anticipated clash could end up being a complete washout.
“McGregor has no chance in this fight. In fact, it could be very boring,” Pacquaio said.
“There is no way he will be able to land a meaningful punch on Floyd. How could he? He has no professional experience in boxing.”
Pacquaio suffered defeat at the hands of Mayweather in a hotly anticipated but, ultimately, largely forgettable bout back in 2015.
Mayweather controlled that fight for all 12 rounds, eventually emerging victorious on a unanimous decision from the judges and Pacquaio reckons Mayweather has got his work cut out for him if he is to avoid a similar result.
“Floyd is a gifted fighter with great defence. His footwork and reflexes are excellent,” the Filipino Warrior said.
“I can say Floyd Mayweather will win, because the fight is in boxing, not an MMA fight. So that’s an advantage with Floyd.”
McGregor has been keen to talk himself up ahead of the fight, claiming that his UFC background actually puts him at an advantage to more traditional boxers.
Pacquaio remains unconvinced.
“I don’t think McGregor is compatible with boxing, pure boxing. I’m hoping that it’s not going to be a boring fight. We’ll see,” he said.
Pacquaio isn’t the first big name to back an easy Mayweather victory with announcer Michael Buffer previously telling loaded a similarly one-sided win for the American looked likely.
Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor will go head-to-head on August 25.
Michael Buffer: ‘Conor McGregor Has No Chance vs Floyd Mayweather’
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