Bob Arum on Mayweather vs McGregor: 'It’s lunacy, it’s ridiculous!'
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum is admittedly not a big fan of the rumored crossover bout between unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr and UFC featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor.
The fight has been discussed to take place under boxing rules on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 84-year-old longtime promoter described the match-up between Mayweather and McGregor as “ridiculous,” citing the 27-year-old Irishman’s lack of experience in the sport of boxing.
“[Why] would you put any money into a card that matches an extremely good professional boxer, if not the best, in Mayweather fighting against a guy who has never had a professional boxing match? It’s lunacy. It’s ridiculous,” Arum said in an interview with Fight Hub TV.
Arum expects a complete shutout victory from Mayweather if he agrees to come out of retirement to step into the ring with McGregor.
“If they fight based on MMA, you know with the wrestling and the kicking so forth, Floyd will never have a chance against McGregor,” he stated. “As a boxing match, McGregor has no chance against Mayweather. Are you crazy?”
Arum, who promoted the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Muhammad Ali in the past, does not see McGregor standing a chance against any of his boxers in his current roster.
“McGregor couldn’t beat anybody in my gym. He’d go into the gym and pick any of those fighters. He couldn’t beat one of them,” he stressed.
If the highly-publicized confrontation between Mayweather and McGregor pushes through, Arum believes that it will hurt the boxing scene.
“What shouldn’t happen is to denigrate the sport of boxing to a point where it becomes farce. And a Mayweather-McGregor fight is a farce either way,” he asserted. – Rappler.com