Count Manny Pacquiao among the skeptics to Conor McGregor’s transition to boxing.
Pacquiao, the last fighter to cash a huge check in a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., thinks McGregor, the UFC star, will lose to Mayweather in the Aug. 26 mega-fight in Las Vegas.
“I don’t think McGregor is comfortable in pure boxing,” Pacquiao told reporters in Brisbane, Australia, while promoting his welterweight world title defense fight against Jeff Horn. “I can say Floyd Mayweather will win because the fight is in boxing, not MMA. So the advantage is with Floyd.”
McGregor has hired Pacquiao’s old sparring partner, Dashon Johnson, a former UFC fighter. Johnson helped Pacquiao prep for Mayweather in May 2015, when Mayweather (49-0 in boxing) handily defeated Pacquiao in a similarly hyped fight that resulted in a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys.
“I’m hoping it’s not going to be a boring fight,” Pacquiao told reporters of the Mayweather-McGregor bout. “I mean, both fighters are moving around. So we’ll see.”
Pacquiao showed more optimism about the fight…