Listen: Former Boxing Champ China Smith On Mayweather vs. McGregor

Former heavyweight boxing champion China Smith joined the Rock Riley Show to talk about the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.

Smith told Riley that he doesn’t understand this fight for Mayweather since he has everything to lose.

“It’s all about money,” said Smith. “A fighter like Mayweather, for what he has done and who he is, why risk it? You’re 49-0, you have all the money in the world, so he doesn’t really need it.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor, of Ireland, pause for photos during a news conference at Barclays Center Thursday, July 13, 2017, in New York. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II.

Smith said Mayweather is hands down the better boxer, but anything can happen. He referenced Mike Tyson being beat by Buster Douglas.

“Mayweather is going to win the fight,” said Smith. “I think it is going to be a quick knockout, two or three rounds. Mayweather didn’t pick this fight to lose.”

Mayweather is the champ, he’s coming into this fight with a lot to lose. McGregor has already lost a fight so what’s a loss to an undefeated champ?


Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.