FLOYD Mayweather says he fears UFC star Conor McGregor could do a “Jeff Horn’’ and spring a huge upset ahead of what looms as the biggest fight in history.
Mayweather fights the wild Irishman under boxing rules in Las Vegas on August 26 in a fight that is predicted to generate more than a $1 billion in revenue, eclipsing Mayweather’s points defeat over Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
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And while Mayweather is a raging hot favorite to give McGregor a boxing lesson, he says Horn has once again proved that in boxing “anything can happen’’.
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“It’s just like the Pacquiao situation,’’ Mayweather told fightype.com.
“I think Pacquiao was focused on fighting (me) again. No one gave Jeff Horn a chance — he’s a schoolteacher who was bullied — now he’s world champion.
“So anything can happen in boxing and Conor McGregor is a warrior.’’
While the Horn-Pacquiao fight, which drew 51,025 people to Suncorp Stadium on July 3, was a thriller that left both men bloodied, Mayweather admits he shut down Pacquiao’s attack two years ago, making it a dull fight.
“I never said the Pacquiao fight would be my most exciting,’’ Mayweather said. “I just said I would find a way to win. But Manny Pacquiao is a legend. He made his mark in boxing.’’
Horn has spent much of this week in America predicting a Mayweather victory next month and declaring that he would love a crack at the highest paid athlete in the fight game.
“To get a fight with Mayweather would be massive,’’ Horn said. “My trainer Glenn Rushton is already working on a plan to beat him. And why not? I just beat Manny Pacquiao.’’