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  • Carlos Mina was recently training at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather

    Carlos Mina was recently training at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's father | Photo: Facebook Carlos Andres Mina

Carlos Mina ranked fourth at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro — only one fight away from becoming the second Ecuadorean athlete ever to win an Olympic medal.

Olympic boxing champion Carlos Mina shared with teleSUR his insights about the highly-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Connor McGregor.

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"In my personal opinion, Mayweather has a great advantage on McGregor, because he is a boxer, he knows the rules, while McGregor —a Mixed Martial Arts fighter— will have to adapt, risking to be disqualified if he uses kicks for instance, and he'll have to use gloves. Another advantage is that Mayweather is used to fighting more than ten rounds — while McGregor is used to MMA's five rounds, sometimes even reduced to just one or two rounds."

On the other hand, McGregor can hit hard, according to Mina, so he has a chance to do Mayweather K.O. within the first rounds, or at least to dominate the fight. However, if he fails, that strategy can also tire him quickly because he has never fought more than 10 rounds, even if he can be well prepared, Mina added.

"As a boxer myself, I would find it difficult to fight against McGregor because his movements are very different, and tend to take you out of your series. From my humble point of view, I think the first five rounds will be quite even, and then McGregor may get tired, or Mayweather may get confused with McGregor's weird moves."

Regarding Mexican boxer Oscar de la Hoya's call to boycott the fight, Mina believes that his criticism of Mayweather's defensive style is not justified and the fight will still be entertaining — despite the disappointment that followed the previous attempt to bring the two boxing stars together in May 2015, with Mayweather facing the Philippines' Manny Pacquiao.

"I think that boxing is not just about fighting, it's also about avoiding to be hit. Mayweather is one of these fighters who does not let others touch him. Maybe other boxers are about as wealthy as Mayweather, but Mayweather won his number-one title on the ring, and is still undefeated after 49 fights."

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"I believe that Mayweather accepted to fight because there is a lot of money involved, while McGregor seeks the money but also the fame and advertisement, as his name will be associated with a great legend of boxing."

Mina, who has trained with Mayweather's father in the middle of the Modaje desert in Las Vegas, is competing this weekend against the best of his light heavyweight category at the 19th edition AIBA World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany.


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