Wednesday 23rd August
Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor is the fight that the world has been waiting for and it is now less than a month away. On 26 August, they will come up against each other in Las Vegas in one of the most highly anticipated bouts of all time. Mayweather, who has never lost a fight in his professional boxing career has been a World Champion in five different weight classes, McGregor has taken the UFC world by storm, and is the current Lightweight Champion.
The ‘money fight’ as it has been billed will be broadcast all over the world as the two compete following the rules of boxing. The build up to the event has already been widespread with an international press tour in July dominating headlines. The fight is expected to shatter all box office and bookmaker’s records!
With just weeks to go until the clash, Champions Speakers Agency spoke to two popular personalities from the world of boxing who offered their expert insight into how they think the fight will pan out.
Kellie Maloney, is a boxing promoter who managed the former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world Lennox Lewis throughout the 90s. She also managed several other British boxing stars before undergoing gender reassignment in 2014. Since then Kellie has become one of the most inspirational after dinner speakers around specialising in motivational, sports and diversity speaking. She spoke to us about how she sees the fight going.
What is your opinion on the fight?
“I won’t be watching the fight. I think it’s an absolute insult to the credibility of the noble art of boxing. The governing body who have sanctioned this should be ashamed of themselves. This is more of a pantomime than a fight. It’s purely for money making purposes but Floyd Mayweather doesn’t need any more money and neither do the casinos in Las Vegas. In my opinion, this fight is everything that’s wrong about sport. McGregor is a very good fighter in his own sport, but he’s only had a few amateur fights and stepping into a boxing ring is a completely different discipline to what he’s used to and he’s going up against one of the best fighters of all time. They are both very arrogant and their press conferences have been a disgrace it’s just not what sport’s about. Young people will be tuning into this and will think it’s great. It will draw attention because it is entertainment. The UFC fans who have a big following particularly in America will actually believe McGregor can win but I will be surprised if he even lays a glove on Mayweather.”
Why have you disliked the press conferences?
“I just think the whole thing has been like a circus from the start. It’s made money for people who don’t really care about the sport. I’m a very old-fashioned boxing person and very traditional when it comes to the sport. This is not a fight. This reminds me of the time when Muhammad Ali went to Japan and fought Japanese wrestlers. They used wrestling rules and Ali got destroyed.”
Do you think the fight will last the full 12 rounds?
“It will go depending on how Mayweather wants to box. If he wants to crowd around a bit he might take it the full 12 rounds. Mayweather can finish him at any time because it’s a completely different discipline.”
Do you think McGregor will have the edge mentally?
He is a very good fighter, but his skills are different to boxing. He has as much chance of beating Floyd Mayweather as I have of becoming Queen of England! Mayweather has seen all of this before there is no getting into his head. He’s a seasoned professional, he’s a master of hype himself. McGregor may be doing this to keep his own spirits up, if his entourage is telling him this is getting in Mayweather’s head then they need to get back to the drawing board!
It is clear to see that Kellie has some strong views on the moral implications this fight could have on the sport. However, former welterweight boxer turned promoter Spencer Fearon is more engaged with the face-off.
The manager of former British Light-Welterweight champion, Spencer has spent over 20 years in the industry and in 2007 became the youngest ever black promoter. He can be regularly found working on Sky Sports discussing all the latest issues surrounding the boxing world. As well as his media responsibilities, he has also forged out a successful after dinner speaking career drawing on his own experiences both in and out the ring.
He supported Kellie’s view that Floyd Mayweather will be victorious.
How do you see the fight going?
“It isn’t a fight. That’s the bottom line. It’s two completely different disciplines, it’s like having the best tennis player in the world against the best table-tennis player, they can’t enter each other’s arenas and think they are going to dominate. You have someone like Mayweather who hits hard, but is not a one punch knockout artist. Then there’s Conor McGregor who is capitalising on the fact that he does everything Mayweather does but because of his funny personality is forgiven for being arrogant whereas Mayweather isn’t. Conor McGregor is more spontaneous than Mayweather will ever be so you have to give him credit.
However, in a boxing tournament that doesn’t matter. You’re talking about one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up a pair of gloves against a UFC fighter. They are marketing on the fact that people don’t like Floyd Mayweather. The general consensus is people want to see him get hurt and as McGregor is the biggest thing in UFC they have marketed it like that. There is absolutely no chance whatsoever that Conor McGregor will beat Floyd Mayweather. It is never going to happen. People will say Floyd is getting old but he is the consummate professional. He’s earning $250million to fight a novice!”
What will this fight do for the sport of boxing?
“Within boxing there are a lot of people who don’t like Floyd Mayweather but they respect him. However, in this instance even those boxing fans who dislike him have to support him because they wouldn’t want a UFC fighter to come into the sport, an unknown who has never fought in the sport, and get a win against one of the greatest pound for pound fighters of all-time. Allegedly McGregor boxed as an amateur in Ireland as a kid, but that doesn’t mean anything. I had swimming lessons as a kid but it doesn’t mean I can take on Michael Phelps.”
Have you enjoyed the press conferences and trash talk between the two in the build up to the fight?
“I was at the Wembley press conference and I have loved every second of it. I enjoy all the hype, the bravado, the going back and forth between the two. But, this is going to be a boxing match so I don’t read too much into the press conferences. You have a spontaneous person (McGregor) and a scripted person (Mayweather) so of course the spontaneous guy will ‘look’ better.”
Can you see Mayweather knocking McGregor out?
I think that Mayweather will stop him. McGregor is used to fighting for five rounds lasting five minutes. To box one of the greatest fighters of all time, even if he is a jaded past his peak fighter, is very different. Mayweather will stop him. I don’t think he will knock him out I think Mayweather will beat him into submission. We’ve seen McGregor quit in the past, the most interesting part of this has been the build-up. They’ve both had big celebrities opening up to them, the fact they’ve had thousands of people come out to see them, that’s the nice thing to see. I’ve seen lots of Irish supporters of McGregor, they know deep down he won’t win, but will openly tell you the opposite because they are so passionate. It’s like a lion fighting a shark. In the water a shark will win, on land a lion will win and there is no way McGregor will win.” With both Kellie and Spencer in agreement regarding the outcome of the fight there is no doubting that the fight will make for fascinating viewing on 26 August.
Both Kellie Maloney and Spencer Fearon are available to book via Champions Speakers agency and are perfect for both sociable and corporate engagements, for more information visit After Dinner Speakers