Former McGregor gym mate and sparring partner tells fans to not dismiss his chances

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Most would agree that Floyd Mayweather is a massive, massive, massive favourite going into his bout with Irish debutant Conor McGregor, however one of ‘The Notorious’s former gym mates and sparring partners has urged fans not to write off the Crumlin light middle completely.

Tony Senior [8(6)-0], himself a light middle, would train and spar with McGregor under the legendary Phil Sutcliffe during their teenage years. McGregor, of course, made the switch to mixed martial arts where he won a total of four world titles across the Cage Warriors and Ultimate Fighting championships. Senior on the other hand emigrated to Australia where he would turn pro.

Senior believes that McGregor can’t lose going into the August 26th bout, regardless of the final result. ‘The Misdemeanour’ told that “it’s a win win situation for Conor.”

“If he lands with something big then It’s the biggest upset in boxing history.”

“And if he loses? Well then he’s done every bit as good as the 49 guys that tried before him!”

“Whatever happens he stands to make an obscene amount of money from this fight and if it’s the slightest bit competitive he’ll have gained the respect of the boxing fraternity and win a lot more fans with it.”

Indeed Senior feels McGregor holds three advantages going into the Las Vegas-hosted, Showtime-broadcast bout – weight, youth, and freshness.

Senior outlined how “with the fight being made at 154lbs Conor will have a massive size advantage and, once rehydrated, he will be by far the stronger of the two. The question is, can he land something big?”

“Floyd is now 40 years of age and, although he’s shown no signs of slowing down, Father Time catches up with with all of us!”

“Having not fought for two years nobody really knows where Mayweather is at. The Canelo victory was his best performance in recent years but everyone seems to forget Floyd made him weigh 152lbs for that one.”

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Joe O'Neill

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