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Eddie Hearn makes great point on where boxing stands against MMA in new GQ interview

WBN 22/06/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has been asked his thoughts regarding Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Conor McGregor on many occassion’s in the past, and with the money invovled, the promoter has always given an honest answer.

Of course if he could have put the fight together himself he would have, although Hearn fully agrees with the majority of opposers in that the Las Vegas PPV clash on August 26 is a mismatch.

One thing Hearn did point out in his latest interview with GQ Magazine, is that boxing is still the main combat player, which is the reason McGregor was forced to switch codes in order to land his biggest fight to date.

Asked what he thinks about the McGregor vs Mayweather fight and if he believes McGregor has any chance whatsoever, Heard said: “Well, with my promotor’s hat on it I can tell you it is a huge event, it will create a huge revenue and it is going to break box office records.

“I am a huge Conor McGregor fan, I think he is a legend of MMA and I think he is one of the world’s greatest self-promotors. His story is inspirational, he has come from absolutely nothing and worked his way to the top, and talked his way into this position. And Floyd Mayweather is the boxing equivalent. So it will make them both an awful lot of money. But does McGregor have a chance? Absolutely not.

“You have to remember, he is fighting a man so good, in his last fight against Manny Pacquiao he hardly took a punch. If Mayweather wants, he could evade McGregor all night long. So what’s Conor going to do if he can’t hit him? He can’t hold him and put him in a choke hold.

“The thing I do find interesting about this whole event, though, is that recently a lot of people have said boxing is dead and MMA is the future. But here you have the biggest name in MMA resorting to boxing, for not just his biggest pay day, but a payday that he could never achieve through his own sport. I think that is good for boxing,” he added.

To read the full interview with Eddie Hearn by GQ Magazine click here