Jeff Horn would love to be the first man to defeat Mayweather.
Jeff Horn would love to be the first man to defeat Mayweather. DAVE HUNT

'I would love a crack at Mayweather'

BRISBANE'S world welterweight champ Jeff Horn is already calling out the winner of Sunday's Las Vegas superfight and says for the sake of boxing he hopes Floyd Mayweather crushes Conor McGregor.

"I hope Mayweather annihilates him and I think he will,'' Horn said.

"But I like McGregor, much more than Mayweather. McGregor is hilarious and a great entertainer.

"It will be dreadful for the sport of boxing if Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters of all time, gets rolled by a guy having his first fight but I can't see McGregor doing too well even with all the hype.''

Horn said logically McGregor had "absolutely no chance''.

"But you never know, in boxing, one punch can change everything,'' he said.

Horn said he would love to be the first man to beat Mayweather, whose boxing record should reach 50-0 this weekend.

"Their fight is going to be under boxing rules and Mayweather will probably not even get hit,'' he said.

"If McGregor's got any sense he'll crash tackle Floyd at the opening bell and put a choke hold on him, get disqualified and then they'll have a rematch and make even more money.

"But I would love a crack at Mayweather. He's super-slick, a terrific boxer and I want to beat the very best. He could challenge me for the world welterweight title. And if McGregor wanted to fight me I'd take it right now. I wouldn't be worried one bit.''


Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor are ready to face off
Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor are ready to face off Frank Franklin II

Two years ago Horn was an unknown in the nosebleed seats when a sponsor took him to see Mayweather and Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas. At the time it was the biggest fight in history, generating $A800 million.

"I've now beaten one of the two guys in that fight and I'd like to beat the other one as well,'' said Horn, who is still negotiating a rematch with Pacquiao.

"My trainer Glenn Rushton and I have discussed ways to beat Mayweather.

"A few years ago we saw Marcos Maidana from Argentina give Floyd the fight of his life but Maidana didn't have the engine to sustain it for 12 rounds.

"I'd fight Mayweather like Maidana did but I'd do it for 12 rounds, not six.

"That's the way McGregor has to fight against Mayweather but how is he going to do that with virtually no boxing experience? Those things take years to learn. I'm considered an inexperienced world champ and yet I fought some of the best amateurs in the world, competed at the Olympics and have beaten about 10 world-rated professionals. McGregor hasn't even had one proper boxing fight.''

Critics around the world laughed loudly when Rushton first revealed details of his plan to beat Pacquiao, but Horn had the last laugh as the battered and bloodied Filipino great left the ring without the WBO welterweight belt on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium.

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Mayweather is unbeaten in 49 professional fights and regarded as the slickest boxer of his generation.

McGregor, a UFC cage fighter, has virtually no boxing experience and looks like a novice in sparring clips doing the rounds on social media.

Rushton said he saw flaws in Mayweather's style that Horn could "definitely exploit''.

"We know he's a great defensive fighter, he's incredibly quick, he has a great eye and good control of distance. But we can beat him,'' Rushton said.

"Mayweather is beatable and, with the win over Pacquiao, Jeff can now beat any welterweight in the world.''

The fight is available to watch in Australia via Foxtel's pay-per-view channel, Main Event. Customers can order the fight for a $59.95, with coverage starting at 11am on Sunday. ORDER HERE

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