Boxing

Floyd Mayweather ‘knows he would lose’ rematch with Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather has been accused of ducking potential rematches against both Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao because “he knows he would lose”.

Mayweather, 43, beat Pacquiao by a unanimous decision in the 2015 bout in Las Vegas before coming out of retirement to face MMA superstar McGregor in 2017.

The big-money fight caught global attention as two of the biggest names in combat sports went head-to-head.

Mayweather stopped his opponent in the tenth round to raise his professional record to 50-0 before retiring immediately afterwards once again.

However, the five-weight world champion has made fleeting returns for exhibition matches, beating Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018 and is set to face YouTuber Logan Paul on February 20.

Audie Attar, who manages both McGregor and Pacquiao, believes Mayweather would not take another fight against either of his more high-profile foes because he would lose.

"I do believe Conor vs Floyd again, he beats him. I don't think Floyd ever takes it," Attar toldDubai Eye 103.8 Sport .

"Floyd's taking YouTubers for a paycheck right now. Floyd could take Manny Pacquiao in a rematch, you don't see him taking that fight.

"Floyd could take Conor McGregor for a rematch, you don't see him taking that fight.

"But he'll take a Logan Paul. He'll take the young Japanese fighter he fought previously.

"I think that's what he's going to do, Floyd knows he would lose if he took on either Manny Pacquiao or Conor McGregor."

UFC hero McGregor returns to the Octagon for the first time in a year to face Dustin Poirier on January 24 in Abu Dhabi.

Should he be tempted by a return to boxing, a potential fight with Pacquiao could be on the cards after the Filipino fighter dropped a major hint about his own next bout.

“Right now I want to experience fighting a mixed martial artist," heclaimed .

Attar himself all but confirmed that plans are in place for the fight between his two clients.

"I definitely believe it's inevitable for 2021. Both fighters want it, that's the key."

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