UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is fully backing Floyd “Money” Mayweather to win Saturday’s highly anticipated boxing match against UFC lightweight champion, Conor “Notorious” McGregor.
Cyborg (18-1, 1 NC) believes McGregor has very little chance of emerging victorious, she feels Mayweather is on a completely different level to the UFC champion.
“I don’t believe he will win the fight,” Cyborg told MMA Fighting. “Mayweather will win this fight, for sure. He’s at another level. But (McGregor) is brave, and he opened doors for MMA (fighters) in boxing and for boxing fans to come to MMA, and vice versa. It will help our sport grow.”
The 32-year-old also expressed interest in beginning a boxing career, following recent sparring sessions with boxing world champion, Claressa Shields.
“I’d like to box,” Cyborg said. “Claressa and I trained together and there’s no one better for you to train but an Olympic medalist. She’s fast. It’s good to train with someone better than you because you evolve, you see more things. But I would definitely box if I have an opportunity like McGregor.”
“It’s different when you train with someone that knows boxing. But when you train with someone that doesn’t know boxing … it’s not that McGregor doesn’t know boxing, but he’s not a boxer his entire life. When you’re sparring with someone that is not from boxing it’s more difficult because he throws a different jab compared to a boxer, has different faints, so there are more surprises. But I don’t believe McGregor will win. Mayweather is a boxing legend.”
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