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Nathan Cleverly gave his prediction for Floyd Mayweather Jnr v Conor McGregor

GETTY Nathan Cleverly gave his prediction for Floyd Mayweather Jnr v Conor McGregor

Hundreds of fans stood in the brutal sun for more than two hours, enduring the near 100-degree heat just off the Las Vegas Strip for a glimpse of the greatest spectacle in the city.

"Over the course of the next week, Vegas is Ireland", said McGregor, after eventually making it to the stage.

"It's brutal", White practically whispered.

If Mayweather were to enter the Octagon under MMA rules, McGregor would probably take him to ground within a few seconds, and either achieve a TKO by using hammerfists or obtain a submission through a chokehold. If a legal punch shuts out the lights, it doesn't matter how 'terribly' executed it was.

McGregor has been widely ridiculed as a challenge by the majority of the boxing fraternity, whilst bookmakers haven't reflected this fact in their fractions for the masses.

Crowds gather to welcome McGregor.

This is not the first time Paddy Power has paid out their customers early.

McGregor's not stepping into the ring to flaunt flawless technique, he's going out there to knock Mayweather out. Style points don't come into play when the fight is finished. It's our guy versus our guy.

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The debate as to who will triumph will sway back and forth in the coming days - pumped up, no doubt, by yet more hateful invective from the two chief protagonists. Again no instruction about what this is. Remember what I said in the gym!

"His only weakness really was his defense. All I can do is stay focused and look to put on a great performance for the fans who are supporting this event as a whole".

Having amassed a 6-0 record in his boxing career, the Tooting-born twenty-five-year-old will be hoping he is part of the camp to defeat Floyd Mayweather, against all the odds.

"He's got to get that weight down, a true champion is disciplined and very responsible but we'll see". The harmony between all the parties didn't last long. This comes in stark contrast to the Zuffa-era Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Four of Mayweather's most recent foes have experienced the depths of despair, while one has achieved heroic highs since those lucrative fights against a superstar of the sport. It is not, unfortunately, named after former Pinkerton Academy baseball and basketball superstar and New York Mets minor leaguer Zach Mathieu. Mayweather could be backed at 1/4 in June but has now drifted to a 1/6 bet with Betfair and 3/10 with bet365.

The Irish bookmaker made the £250,000 pay-out this morning - despite more than 80 per cent of its customers backing McGregor. When we played against Australia at the DW - I think it was 2009 - I set him up for his first England try, so that's my claim to fame.

It's the most 2017 fight imaginable.

. In the days following, it was revealed that Pacquiao had fought with a torn rotator cuff. There is so much to learn in boxing, even Mayweather is still learning, so Conor has to work with what he has.

However, the boxer did find chinks in the armor of the UFC lightweight champion.

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