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Fan Liam Walsh gets shot at Floyd Mayweather protege

By Declan Warrington

Liam Walsh is to fight Floyd Mayweather's protege Gervonta Davis after several visits to Las Vegas to watch the legendary 'Money Man' in action.

The 30-year-old challenges IBF super featherweight champion Davis at London's Copper Box Arena on May 20.

Mayweather, 40, again refused to rule out the possibility of returning from retirement to fight Dublin's UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, but in his capacity as Davis' promoter is overseeing another fighter who has long admired him.

"I've been to Vegas a few times to support Floyd," Walsh said yesterday.

"I watched him against Ricky Hatton, went over for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight: I paid £400 to watch it on TV. We were Hatton-mad at that point.

"My brother went to Mayweather-(Victor) Ortiz.

"I've been a big Mayweather fan. (But) I think it should be 'TBTE', the best of this era, not 'TBE', the best ever, because that is what he has been, for sure," he said.

"As for the best ever, that's a matter of opinion: for me no."

Asked if he ever envisioned a time Mayweather would be involved in one of his fights, he responded: "I'd have said there's no chance.

"I always believed I could get to the top but I wouldn't have thought it'd come around like that.

"I wouldn't have thought that was going to happen."

The undefeated Walsh has long appeared capable of challenging for a world title, but has had to wait almost five years for the chance to do so after being forced to withdraw from challenging Ricky Burns in 2012 after being hurt in a car crash.

American Davis has since emerged as one of the world's finest prospects, and challenger Walsh said: "They're obviously more than confident they'll win; they wouldn't be going to somebody's backyard if they weren't.

"Floyd's obviously got far bigger fish to fry than me," Walsh added.

"They've strolled over here like the king of the world, and like it's going to be an easy night's work: that works for me, I'll have some of that."

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