Boxing legend turned promoter, Oscar De La Hoya has been one that went as far as to ask fans to not buy into the “circus” matchup, even after campaigning for a McGregor vs. Golden Boy Promotions boxer Canelo Alvarez.
Former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion Steve Collins believes that those hating on the fight are just jealous that they aren’t in the recipe for the money-making spectacle.
“They should all just shut their mouths and concentrate on their own careers,” Collins said to MMA Junkie. “All of these boxers are just jealous because Conor and Mayweather are going to make a fortune. Between the two of them, they’re creating interest that is unprecedented.
“The guys who are calling this a mockery are just upset because they aren’t in the headlines. If they were in the middle of this and they were fighting McGregor, they wouldn’t be saying any of this. It’s just jealousy.”
Collins, who also hails from Ireland is backing his Irish UFC champion and believes that he has all the tools to not just compete with Mayweather, but thinks he can serve him his first loss as well.
“Maybe Mayweather has the same feeling as me, and maybe that’s why the fight has happened sooner, but I can see how Conor can beat Mayweather with the right coaching,” he said. “I could tell you how he could beat Mayweather. I can see him doing it. A victory for Conor is something that can definitely happen, and I think he will shock the world.
“He has the tools and the ability. If he prepares the right way, he won’t just beat Mayweather – he’ll stop him.”
Collins said that he and his brother Pascal, who runs the Celtic Warrior boxing gym where McGregor trained at for some time early on his career, have talked about the game plan to beat Mayweather. With a relationship with McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh, Collins said that he would be more than happy to work with Team McGregor for the fight camp.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/13/2017.