Mike Tyson echoed the sentiment of a majority of boxers asked to predict the outcome of the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown.
“McGregor is going to get killed boxing,” Tyson said in an interview on Bar Stool Sports’ show “Pardon My Take.”
Tyson, a former heavyweight champion who built a fearsome reputation as the “Baddest Man in the Planet,” said he thought McGregor was going to face Mayweather using mixed martial arts (MMA) rules.
“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?” said Tyson, who repeatedly referred to McGregor as “McConor.”
“McConor put his dumbass 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.
“McConor can’t kick and grab and stuff, so he won’t stand much of a chance.”
In a separate report, McGregor claims he has the tools to “dazzle” Mayweather and land his shots against the defensive virtuoso.
“I can fight in many stances. I can fight in many styles. I can take a Capoeira attack. I can take a taekwondo attack. I can take a karate stance. I can take a boxing stance. I can take a Thai boxing stance. I can take a Greco-Roman, freestyle wrestling stance,” McGregor said in a report posted on BoxingScene.com.
“I can stand and fight in many, many ways, and I will fight in all of them. I will paint many, many pictures in this fight, dazzle him, and then, the shots will find their home.”
McGregor will go into the August 26 fight a huge underdog because of his lack of experience in professional boxing.
He will take on a 40-year-old Mayweather, who has yet to taste defeat in 49 fights.
McGregor, who is expected to earn $100 million from the showdown, the biggest purse of his career, said he will return to MMA after the showdown.
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