- UFC president noted that MMA champion a huge underdog against boxing great
- However, he said people shouldn’t count out McGregor out just yet
- He also said Irishman will remain a fan favorite even if he loses
MANILA, Philippines – Despite the odds being heavily against his promotion’s lightweight champion, UFC president Dana White believes Conor McGregor may have just what it takes to pull off a huge upset against boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I think that whenever two guys get in there and start throwing punches, anything is possible,” he told TMZ. “And if you talk to Conor McGregor, he will make you believe that he will win the fight.”
White also believes that even if he loses, McGregor will remain a bankable star because of his spunk and never-back-down attitude which has gained him a sizeable following among MMA fans.
“The fact that this kid, who has so much to lose, is willing to step in and is absolutely confident that he will win this fight – I think it’s one of the many reasons that people love Conor McGregor,” he said. “And win, lose, or draw, it will be one of the reasons that people continue to love Conor McGregor.”
“Conor is a mixed martial artist, and he’s going into a boxing match against arguably the greatest boxer of all time,” he added. “I don’t think it damages the brand of Conor McGregor at all.”
“In their respective social media accounts, both fighters have confirmed signing on for the fight slated August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 12-round fight will be done under boxing rules. Both fighters will meet at 154-pounds and wear 10-ounce gloves.
The fight format is seen to heavily favor Mayweather who has been tagged by oddsmakers as a heavy favorite to win.
Meanwhile, here’s a teaser video from Floyd Mayweather’s Instagram account: