This week, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor shook up the world once again as he spoke at a boxing event, where he promised to silence his doubters when he steps into the ring with Floyd Mayweather.
“I’m the boxing guy, watch me take over boxing. Trust me on that. No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming, trust me on that, when I step in there I’m going to shock the whole god damn world. Trust me on that! Look me in the eyes, 28 years of age, confident as a motherfucker. Long, range-y, dangerous with every hand, trust me I’m going to stop Floyd. You’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words. I’m out of here…I am boxing!”
Now, Chael Sonnen believes that while interesting, the fight is disrespectful to boxing. He spoke on his ‘You’re Welcome’ podcast:
“I think the fact that anybody is weighing in that there’s a contest there is such an incredible disrespect to boxing,” said Sonnen during a recent episode of his You’re Welcome podcast. “If that fight goes more than 30 seconds, it shames boxing. If it goes out of the first round, it humiliates boxing.
“If I was to tell you in any other sport, ‘Hey, we’ve got a great athlete from one field, that’s never done a sport before, and he’s gonna come on and take on the best current living guy in that sport,’ it’d be laughed at. If I told you, I’ve got a guy who’s never played basketball, sure he’s shot the ball around and been on a court and had the ball in his hand, but he’s never played a competitive game of basketball before, and we’re gonna put him up against LeBron James, it would be laughed at. ‘We’ve got a gal that’s never played tennis before, she’s fooled around with a ball in the gym, she’s gonna take on Serena Williams,’ it would be laughed at.
“The fact that there’s even an interest there – and I’m one of the people that shares the interest – but the fact that there’s even an interest there is so disrespectful to the entire sport of boxing. When that fight’s done, Conor is gonna go more than 30 seconds. He’s likely to go more than one round – he shouldn’t, but he is likely to go more than one round – and it’s going to humiliate boxing.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/18/2017.