Exclusive: DeGale backs ‘weird guy’ Mayweather over McGregor, rules out working together in future

Joe Hewlett 22/08/2017

The most talked about fight will hit the bright lights of Las Vegas this weekend as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor contest a scheduled twelve rounds at the T-Mobile Arena.

‘MayMac’ is set to break Box-Office history as McGregor crosses over from UFC in a bid to try end Mayweather’s monumental record of 49-0.

One star who will be attending the event is Britain’s IBF world champion James DeGale. The super-middleweight gave WBN his verdict on the much-talked-about scrap.

“If I’m being really honest, it’s a mismatch. One of boxing’s greats and a novice who hasn’t won a professional fight – it’s crazy,” DeGale exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Both are earning a lot of money, it’s going to be a great event but will a whitewash where Mayweather wins every minute of every round or he stops him late on.

“He (McGregor) could be a bit tricky for the first couple of rounds. Have you seen some of the moves he is doing? I think he’s going to be unorthodox, a bit slippy for couple of rounds but once Floyd gets his rhythm and starts to get his timing, it’ll be all over or a whitewash.”

‘Chunky’ admitted the ‘Notorious’ one almost persuaded him to think the opposite with trash talk spoken during the build-up.

“I don’t know what game plan he’s going with or how he is going to beat him but the more I listen to Conor McGregor, the more I doubt Mayweather is going to knock him out and win.

“He’s supremely confident, he believes in himself but I sometimes slap myself and say James wake up, it’s Mayweather against a UFC fighter going into boxing rules. It’s crazy but I’m going to be there and can’t wait.

Despite backing Mayweather, the Brit has insisted there’s no love lost since their clash after the fight between himself and Badou Jack.

DeGale also confirmed he would never intend on working with Mayweather Promotions in the future.

“After (the confrontation) he was licking my arse, he came to my hotel, met me, talking bare rubbish about he wanted to sign me and this and that.

“I couldn’t think of anything worse than to work with Floyd Mayweather, could you imagine the ego. He’s a weird guy and a weird character,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95