Floyd Mayweather pupil: Conor McGregor can't be counted out

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LAS VEGAS – Whether he actually means it or not, professional boxer Gervonta Davis won’t rule Conor McGregor entirely out of the boxing match with mentor Floyd Mayweather.

Davis (18-0), who’s been touted by Mayweather as “the next big thing” in boxing, is set to meet Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1) in the recently announced undercard of the blockbuster. As part of “The Money Team,” it’s likely that the IBF junior-lightweight champ is counting on Mayweather to add a 50th win to his undefeated boxing record when he meets the UFC’s lightweight champ.

But, at least when speaking to MMA outlets, the boxer is trying to keep his predictions for the Aug. 26 main event quite diplomatic.

“The most (important) thing that fighters need is confidence in themselves,” Davis said during Thursday’s Mayweather media workout in Las Vegas. “Conor has a lot of confidence in himself. He feels like he will win the fight – not only win it, but he will try to knock Floyd out. That’s what he says.

“He’s confident. How can you beat somebody that is so confident? We’re going to have to wait and see.”

Of course, when it comes to the mega boxing showdown at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, MMA superstar McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and boxing legend Mayweather (49-0 boxing) are the ones getting the attention. And Davis, on his end, seems excited to just be along for the unprecedented promotional ride.

But, for the 22-year-old rising star, filling the night’s co-feature slot also carries some personal meaning.

“Just coming where I come from,” Davis said. “Just being on pay-per-view. Just being on a Floyd undercard. I remember when Floyd fought Canelo (Alvarez, in September of 2013); I was fighting in the Golden Gloves that year.

“And it was like, ‘If you win, you get a ticket to a Floyd fight.’ I won, I got a ticket, and my seat was all the way up in the stands, so I’m thankful and grateful for how far I came in this sport. It shows that my hard work paid off.”

Davis, who was with Mayweather during last month’s widely publicized four-country media tour, ended up catching some of McGregor’s verbal fire. But judging by the wide smile with which he’ll admit to that, he seems to have taken it all in stride.

“It was like a fight there at the press conference,” Davis said. “People were screaming (McGregor’s) name, they were screaming Floyd’s name. I was excited just to be a part of it.”

And while the idea of McGregor carrying a zero-fight boxing record has drawn the skepticism – or even downright ire – from practitioners of both sports, Davis himself doesn’t have the slightest issue with the matchup.

“I’m honestly happy that it happened, because it’s two combat sports coming together making a big event,” Davis said. “Even the press conference was fun, so just imagine the fight. I feel it’s going to be a great event. The fans will be happy. Floyd will retire after this. So I think it will be great.”

To hear more from Davis, check out the video above.

And for more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Here's the undercard for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing blockbuster

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The undercard – comprised strictly of boxers in boxing bouts – for this month’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor blockbuster event is set.

Officials today announced the three bouts, including a pair of title bouts with IBF junior-lightweight champion Gervonta Davis (18-0) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1) in the co-feature slot.

In the main event, UFC lightweight champion McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) – the card’s lone MMA representative – and undefeated boxing great Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 12-round super-welterweight boxing match tops a pay-per-view event that’s expected to be the most lucrative prize fight in combat-sports history.

The PPV broadcast – one that comes with a hefty $100 price tag – also includes these bouts:

  • Champ Gervonta Davis (18-0) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1) – for IBF junior lightweight world Championship
  • Champ Nathan Cleverly (30-3) vs. Badou Jack (21-1-2) – for WBA light heavyweight world Championship
  • Andrew Tabiti (14-0) vs. Steve Cunningham (29-8-1) – for vacant USBA cruiserweight title

“What a night this will be for fight fans,” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, stated. “Not only will they witness a first-of-its-kind main event, but they will also see two incredible world title fights, as Mayweather Promotions’ very own current and former world champions go head-to-head in separate bouts.

“Gervonta Davis is nothing short of pure boxing talent with dynamite power. Former super middleweight world champion Badou Jack is making his light heavyweight debut, and looking to take the title away from a tough and experienced Nathan Cleverly. But first, Andrew ‘The Beast’ Tabiti will open the pay-per-view telecast with what I expect to be a magnificent performance.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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