Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the last few days, you probably haven’t escaped the news of impending Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor match.
After much hype, anticipation and bear-baiting – mostly from ‘The Notorious’ McGregor – the super-fight was confirmed, but many are already billing it as a dead rubber- including boxer, Chris van Heerden.
He released footage of himself sparring in boxing with McGregor and in the video it shows him getting the better of McGregor during the session last year.
People telling me Mayweather will have his hands full trying to land on McGregor -STOP IT! I respect McGregor BUT i ain't Floyd and i landed pic.twitter.com/gd4dFi3XUU
— Chris van Heerden (@TheHeat001) June 14, 2017
In an interview with ESPN, Van Heerden revealed why he released the video- which has since gone viral.
Because people are tweeting and talking and telling me that Mayweather has his hands full landing on Conor McGregor. I’m a professional fighter — boxer. And I’m standing up for the sport. I was just making it very clear that, don’t be ridiculous. If I could land, don’t tell me Floyd Mayweather is not gonna land.
McGregor will face Mayweather in a boxing match on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and there’s no doubt it’ll be one of the biggest fights of all time, if not competitively certainly financially.
According to Keith Idec of Boxing Scene, Mayweather is expected to make at least $100 million, while McGregor will make at least $75 million, which is five times as much as he’s made from any UFC event.
That’s the type of dollar that would surely set an athlete up for life with no real need to compete again.
But competitively, as a bout, it could be a dead rubber as Mayweather is 49-0 and one of the best boxers ever, while McGregor, despite being the UFC lightweight champion, has never boxed professionally.
So the idea that McGregor will be beat Mayweather, which is being tossed around by some pundits, was another reason van Heerden released the short clip.
“This is just a platform to prove that in boxing, a mixed martial artist taking on a boxer in the world of a boxer, you’re not gonna beat a boxer in boxing taking him on if you come from mixed martial arts,” he said.
But Van Heerden, who is No. 11 in the world among welterweights in the WBA rankings, didn’t say it would be impossible for McGregor to record an unlikely win.
It would be ridiculous for me to say he has no opportunity, he has no chance.Yes, he has a slight chance of pulling it off. He’s a fighter, he’s a mixed martial artist. He can land one big punch. It can happen. This is fighting, it’s two men in the ring. The opportunity is there. He doesn’t have a zero chance of beating or causing the biggest upset in the sport. Yes, he has.
Lets just hope it actually lives up to the hype.