Former heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis doesn’t think too highly of the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, according to Nick Parkinson of ESPN.com.
“I can’t take it serious,” said Lewis. “Mayweather is the best in his weight class; no one can touch him in boxing. He’s a pugilist of the highest order, so for another man from a different sport to fight him?”
Lewis is referring to the fact that McGregor is a mixed martial arts fighter rather than a boxer.
“It’s ridiculous to me. You are talking about one discipline where you can use only your hands and only a few can do it,” he said. “Every battle sport always starts with your hands, but they are two totally different sports.”
So, will Lewis be buying the fight?
“Floyd will stop him. He’s just too good at boxing for McGregor, and McGregor is just too inexperienced. I wouldn’t buy it, but I would be interested in the result,” said the former undisputed heavyweight champion. “To me, I know who is going to win already, so there’s no use in watching it.”
All of that being said, Lewis can see why people are so interested in a bout between two entirely different fighters.
“I love Bruce Lee and the other disciplines, and when he fought against other fighters, you wanted to see the differences, so I can see the appeal,” he said.
The match between Mayweather and McGregor will take place on Aug. 26 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.