Exclusive: IBO President says Mayweather v McGregor not a boxing event, more like Ali v Inoki

International Boxing Organisation President Ed Levine has given a strong opinion on the possible cross-codes battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.

Asked his view on the contest, which has totally divided the boxing world, Levine followed the WBC and WBA in opposing the fight going ahead as a sanctioned 50th contest on Mayweather’s record.

“I consider any Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight nothing more than an exhibition,” Levine exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I am hoping that in the end Mayweather v McGregor is labelled as just that, as in my opinion, it should not be viewed as a boxing event.

“Mayweather v McGregor actually reminds me of when Muhammad Ali, then the heavyweight world champion, fought a Japanese professional wrestler (Antonio Inoki).

“The fans thought they would see a great match and were sorely disappointed,” he added.

Ali v Inoki took place in June 1976 and saw the boxing and wrestling world’s come together in a worldwide event.

Early number-crunching has Mayweather v McGregor potentially rivalling the 2015 Manny Pacquiao fight against the former pound for pound king in terms of revenue generated, although there remains some doubts about the contest even going ahead.

McGregor stated he signed a monetary agreement with UFC boss Dana White to face Mayweather but things have since gone quiet on the side of The Money Team.

There was even talk of Pacquiao possibly stepping in if Mayweather fails to sign on the dotted line, rumors that were quickly stepped on by White who insisted he’d never work alongside Bob Arum at Top Rank.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay