Nathan Cleverly on Mayweather-McGregor

By Robert Ecksel on August 23, 2017
Nathan Cleverly on Mayweather-McGregor
“It’s possible he could age and lose everything,” said Cleverly, “but very, very unlikely.”

“Mayweather will be too good. His timing and accuracy will be too good. His hit and not get hit technique will be far too much for McGregor…”

Nathan Cleverly is fighting Badou Jack on the undercard of Mayweather-McGregor and the light heavyweight champion is picking Mayweather.

“It’s a fantasy fight,” he told The Daily Star. “It’s captured the public’s imagination. It’s the best in boxing against the best in UFC. It’s also captured the casual fans. It’s a great event.”

A great event is different than a great fight, and while we might get the former, the latter seems unlikely.

“Fair play to Mayweather and McGregor for making it happen,” Cleverly said. “You can’t blame the guys for making it happen.”

Blame has nothing to do with it. But it’s as the trainer Ray Arcel once said, “Money is the sickness of the boxing business. Maybe the sickness of the world.”

“Mayweather has a claim for the best ever,” continued Cleverly. “He’s mastered the hit and not be hit aspect of boxing.

“It’s a very different challenge for McGregor. He’s got a fighting chance but on a realistic chance he’s got none.”

That sounds about right.

“I think Mayweather will stop him around six rounds, the middle of the fight,” Cleverly predicted. “McGregor may give it a go but Mayweather will be too good. His timing and accuracy will be too good. His hit and not get hit technique will be far too much for McGregor.”

But fighters grow old overnight. It has happened before. What if it happens again?

“The only slice of hope he has is Mayweather hitting old age dramatically. It’s possible he could age and lose everything but very, very unlikely.

“Mayweather is a very astute fighter, he knows he’s got this one last fight so there’s no way this guy will let it slip. There’s no way he will lose to a UFC fighter. He’s too shrewd not to be on it.”

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