Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Márquez, four times a world champion, stated today that the spat between American boxer Floyd Mayweather and the Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, is an insult to sport in general, and specifically to their respective disciplines.
The stage is set
According to the specialist boxing site, flocombat.com, there could already be a date for the fight between Mayweather and McGregor, which will be fought with boxing rules. It is tentatively scheduled for the 10th June, in the T-Mobile arena, Las Vegas. Mayweather, currently in retirement, is widely considered to be the best boxer of his generation, while McGregor is one of the top fighters in the UFC.
“It is an insult for sport, for boxing, and for UFC. Every sport deserves respect. In this case, it is boxing and MMA that deserve it”, Márquez scolded from Mexico City.
“You can’t do a fight like this”, added the 43 year old Mexican pugilist. “It’s like putting a boxer against a footballer, or a basketball player, or vice versa, it’s impossible”. Márquez fought, and lost, against Mayweather in 2009 after a unanimous decision at the conclusion of 12 rounds.
Big payouts on the cards
Speculation regarding the prospective fight increased after Mayweather hinted that he could end his retirement, possibly influenced by discussion of a 100 million dollar payout for ‘Money’, and 15 million dollars for McGregor. Mayweather is undefeated in 49 fights, while McGregor has notched up 21 victories, with just three defeats along the way.