Carl Froch fears Conor McGregor could ‘make a mockery of boxing’ by beating Floyd Mayweather, a fighter he fears may have become ‘soft and civilised’ following two years out of the ring.
Mayweather, a former five-weight world champion who retired in 2015, takes on the Irish UFC superstar in a money-spinning mega-fight in Las Vegas on August 26.
The clash has been labelled a mismatch by many, given McGregor has never boxed professionally. But Froch, a former super middleweight world champion, believes Mayweather is risking the integrity of his sport by taking on the Irishman.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather takes on Conor McGregor in a money-spinning bout on August 26
The UFC star, a massive underdog, will be making his professional debut at the T-Mobile Arena
‘If Conor McGregor was to beat Mayweather it would almost make a mockery of boxing,’ he said on Wednesday.
‘We are going to come in for a lot of stick and criticism from mixed martial artists… that in itself would really wind me up and I don’t think it would do our sport any good.’
Froch was critical of the match-up before it was made, once labelling the potential showdown a ‘load of sh*t’. The 40-year-old remains very confident that Mayweather will surpass Rocky Marciano and secure his 50th career victory.
But Froch, who will be ringside at Vegas on August 26, admits he fears that Mayweather’s two-year break from the sport could render him a shell of the fighter he once was.
Britain’s Carl Froch is concerned about the potential ramifications of a defeat for Mayweather
The 40-year-old has not fought since beating Manny Pacquiao (above) and Andre Berto in 2015
‘When you have been out of the ring for two years, you don’t feel like a fighter anymore, you become a bit soft and civilised,’ he said.
‘You don’t quite know what we’re going to get from Mayweather… the fact that he’s coming from two years out almost makes this competitive from the point of view where Mayweather is not going to be the Mayweather we’re used to.’
‘Money’ has fuelled speculation of his decline by openly claiming that he is not the same fighter as he when he retired following victory over Andre Berto in September 2015.
And Froch accepts that this ‘element of the unknown’ puts seeds of doubt into the back of his mind about who will win come fight night.
‘McGregor has a chance, I never thought I would hear myself say that. When the first got made I was like “why is everyone so excited, this is surely going to be a mis-match”‘
He added: ‘We all think we know what’s going to happen but maybe we don’t. Maybe the experts are going to be shocked.’
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