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McGregor facing impossible task against Mayweather, says Michael Conlan


By Mark Critchley

Conor McGregor faces an "impossible task" in attempting to blemish Floyd Mayweather's unbeaten record, according to his friend and fellow Irish fighter Michael Conlan.

Belfast man Conlan, who rose to prominence after his reaction to a controversial loss at last summer's Rio Olympics, secured the third victory of his professional career by defeating Jarrett Owen in Brisbane in the early hours of yesterday morning.

His victory came on the undercard of Manny Pacquaio's shock unanimous decision defeat to Jeff Horn, which saw the Filipino lose his WBO World welterweight title.

If McGregor, who has never boxed professionally, were to beat Mayweather on August 26, regarded by many as the best fighter of his generation, it would be an even greater upset, but even Conlan believes the odds are stacked against his friend.

"Conor's Irish and I back Conor 100%," said Conlan after securing a third-round stoppage over Owen.

"It's almost an impossible task. It has been an impossible task so far, so you can't really go out on a limb and say Conor's going to win 100%."

Conlan was accompanied by McGregor during the entrance to his professional boxing debut at Madison Square Garden back in March and has a close relationship with the UFC's reigning lightweight champion.

On whether he would could appear on the super-fight's undercard, which will be arranged by Mayweather's team, Conlan said: "I've asked Conor but we'll see how it goes."

If not, he is due to fight his fourth professional bout on September 22.

Conlan also stopped short of offering McGregor any advice and added: "I'm not going to say that I'm the man to give any boxing tips to someone fighting against Floyd Mayweather."

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