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Paddy Barnes: I'd love to see Conor McGregor knock out Floyd Mayweather

By David Kelly

Double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes says he would love to see UFC star Conor McGregor cause a huge upset by defeating boxing legend Floyd Mayweather when they clash on August 26 in Las Vegas.

Many fighters and fans have heaped criticism on the event, which is seen as a huge mismatch despite the fact it is expected to generate around £75m for each fighter.

But Barnes, who boxes for his first professional title at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday night when he meets former European champion Silvio Olteanu for the WBO European flyweight title, believes it makes sense for both men.

“I think it’s brilliant. Professional boxing is 20 per cent sport and 80 per cent business and it’s a great business move and those who are criticising it like Oscar De La Hoya and others are just jealous because they’re not earning that money - and I’m jealous too,” said Barnes.

“If I’m honest I believe Mayweather will beat him but I’d love McGregor to knock him out… I hope he kicks him in the last round because it would be nice to see Mayweather’s head split open.

“I just don’t like the way he gets on, I just think he’s an a******e.”

As for his own fight with former world title challenger Olteanu, Barnes added: “Some people might think that I’m taking this too soon because it is only my

sixth professional fight but I have prepared very well for this fight. I want to be tested and I’m expecting a tough 10 rounds.”

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