Training partner suggests role reversal in the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather saga .
“It will be successful, financially,” said Leonard. “It is intriguing. It reminds me of when Muhammad Ali fought [Japanese wrestler Antonio] Inoki [in 1976]. I saw it just the other day. Back then I loved it but … if they decide upon boxing with McGregor, Mayweather wins hands down. But if McGregor was able to kick.”
“It’s two different sports trying to be one sport,” he added. “Would it sell? Yes it will sell. There’s a curiosity, which is a factor. But it won’t be what people are anticipating. It is not a fight which will please the boxing purists. We live in a different time now with social media and what have you. The purists, the boxing fans, would they like it? No, I don’t think so. But fans in general, the sports fans, they wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
If you are to believe what’s being said, one side of the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather negotiations is wrapped up in a neat, little package.
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All you’re going to get here is words, but it’s important to document these things. Who knows what developments might happen in the future? We could end up referring back to Artem Lobov to draw conclusions like ‘Yeah, he was dead right’ or ‘man, he was talking out his hoop.’
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Just to bring you up to speed, the UFC and Conor McGregor have supposedly agreed on terms. All this happened after Dana White admitted it was pretty much everyone but Floyd Mayweather’s fault that it had been taking so long to put pen to paper on a contract. White also promised to sit down and work out a deal with Team Mayweather. Two weeks after he had planned this, he confessed the meeting still hadn’t happened.
We’re only hearing the MMA side of the story. They’re telling us they’ve gone from being the one’s to blame for the negotiations being dragged out to being the one’s that have all their shit together
McGregor’s training partner and UFC featherweight Artem Lobov confirmed this is where things stand during a recent interview with Fight Nights Global (quotes via MMAJunkie).
“The ball is in Mayweather’s court right now. He’s the last signature that’s needed. He’s talked a big game, so let’s see if it happens now. Let’s see can he deliver now. When it really matters now, will he show up to fight?
“That’s what everybody wants to see. It’s going to be a great fight, so let’s make it happen.”
Not to be a Mayweather apologist or anything, but has he talked all that big of a game? It seems like the lion’s share of the talking is coming from one side.
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Leonard continued: “It’s close [to being one of the greatest mismatches in boxing]. The fact that we boxers deliver punches is so different to what they do. There’s more looping and what have you because they also have to be in position to be able to kick and be on balance to deliver that elbow or whatever shot they have. sources