Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has made a rather bleak prediction for the Mayweather v McGregor fight.
In an interview on the podcast, Pardon My Take, Tyson said that UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor does not stand a chance against the undefeated welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor is going to get killed boxing.
I got mad because I thought they were going to use MMA rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about: can the boxer beat the MMA guy?
[McGregor] put his dumb ass in a position where he’s gonna get knocked out because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a baby.
[McGregor] can’t kick and grab and stuff … He’s not going to stand much of a chance.
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What is most surprising about this isn’t the prediction itself but the fact Tyson has favoured Mayweather – a boxer he normally criticises.
Shortly after Mayweather’s 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao, Tyson posted on Twitter:
We waited five years for that…
Tyson also hit out at Mayweather when Floyd called himself a better boxer than Muhammad Ali.
‘Delusional’ and a ‘very small scared man’ was how ‘Iron Mike’ described him.
Tyson’s beef with Mayweather started way back in 2001, but the former heavyweight clearly isn’t a fan of McGregor either.
Although Tyson doesn’t expect much from the fight itself, he admitted he loves the excitement surrounding it, mainly due to McGregor’s personality.
Conor is a character. Floyd has never met a character like this.
The $500 million mega-fight between McGregor and Mayweather takes place August 26.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.