29. Aug 2017
In an exclusive interview with SPORTbible in August, Zlatan Ibrahimović drew a parallel between MMA superstar Conor McGregor and himself, backing the Irishman to win his boxing fight with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather.
When asked about the upcoming boxing headliner, Ibrahimović said: “He is the Ibrahimović of martial arts and I’m McGregor of the football world.”
Before adding: “So I see him with his confidence. He will win.”
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The Manchester United player, who is a huge fan of MMA, spoke at length about the much-hyped fight, which took place on Saturday 26 August at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Here’s the full transcript from our Zlatan Ibrahimović interview with SPORTbible:
“Here you have a guy that has made a career out of many years and that is Mayweather. And then you have the other guy that has made a career in a short time, but… he made himself a big name. Everything he said he did, and in this case, you have the MMA going into the boxing. Before, you had the boxing trying the MMA and he was outclassed immediately. Me as a huge fan of the MMA, I see this fight… I don’t know. It can go both ways. Either what people predict that Mayweather will win easy, which I don’t believe. I think it’s a hard fight, I think… Mayweather… Conor has a power he can knock you out from every angle. And he has a confidence, like me. He is the Ibrahimović of martial arts and I’m McGregor of the football world. So I see him with his confidence. He will win. Because he believes in himself so much and like I say, in everything you do the mental part is 50%. If you have the mental, the head, you can do it and achieve. And then at the same time he’s skilful, he is the one he is. So I believe in Conor!”
The exclusive quotes were used across popular UK media outlets including Sky Sports News TV, The Daily Mail and The Telegraph – with full credit to SPORTbible. See below: