Floyd Mayweather. Picture: REUTERS/STEVE MARCUS
Floyd Mayweather. Picture: REUTERS/STEVE MARCUS

London — The bout between US boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and Irish Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Conor McGregor is not so much a superfight as a farce, says Britain’s former undisputed heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis.

Mayweather and McGregor go toe to toe at the weekend in Las Vegas — the clash brought the undefeated former welterweight king out of retirement — but Lewis told the British Broadcasting Corporation he would not label it as a "serious fight".

Lewis reasoned that as Mayweather’s previous 49 opponents had failed to find a chink in his armour, there was little reason to believe the MMA fighter would find him out. "There is tremendous build-up and hype, but I don’t really take it as a serious fight," he said.

Lewis, who won Olympic super-heavyweight gold for Canada in 1988, but returned to the country of his birth, England, when he turned professional, cast doubt on whether Mayweather should be accorded the record for fights without defeat if he defeats McGregor.

Mayweather, who retired in 2015, is tied with another US legend Rocky Marciano on 49.

"I wouldn’t count a fight like this as a ‘fight’," said Lewis. "He’s basically boxing a guy that is a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighter and not a boxer."

Lewis conceded the fight would attract a large audience.

"Everybody wants to know what’s going to happen."

However, he said, he would not be attending unless he was made a financial offer he could not refuse.

"I don’t think it is a fight that I am going to jump on a plane and go to see unless they pay me to commentate on it."

AFP

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