Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson gave the Irishman zero chance of upsetting the odds and becoming the first man to beat the undefeated Mayweather.
Conor McGregor has vowed to make his critics ‘eat their words’ after Mike Tyson insisted the MMA fighter was going to ‘get killed’ in his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather.
“McGregor is going to get killed in boxing,” said Mike Tyson.
“McConor [sic] put his dumb a*** in a position where he’s gonna get knocked out because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a baby.
“McConor [sic] can’t kick and grab and stuff so he won’t stand much of a chance. “McGregor took the biggest sucker rules in the history of boxing.”
Now the UFC icon seems to have responded to Tyson’s dim view of his chances in an Instagram post.
“You are all going to eat your words for the rest of your days, while I eat lobster for the rest of mine,” McGregor wrote alongside a picture of him training for the August 26 fight.
The 29-year-old also tweeted: “That’s nice Mike, but you’re looking at the new Don King here, son. Money is mine.”
McGregor is expected to earn as much as $100m from the fight, with pay-per-view purchases likely to exceed the 4.4 million people who paid to watch Floyd Mayweather’s bout with Manny Pacquiao in 2015.