Andy Lee has honed his craft over the years to earn a reputation as one of the most talented boxers ever to emerge from Ireland.
Having made his way through the amateur ranks, the 32-year-old had his professional debut, a unanimous decision win, in 2006 against American Anthony Cannon. Since then he has had 38 more fights, which have brought about honours such as the WBO middleweight title.
Therefore, the southpaw certainly knows what he’s talking about when it comes to boxing. When quizzed on the subject of a Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather crossover bout by RTÉ Sport the Limerick man used a fantastic analogy to explain why the fight would be so uneven if it went ahead.
“In terms of a contest, I don’t see it being a real fight.
“Mayweather is the best boxer of our generation. Conor McGregor is a great boxer in UFC but hasn’t had a professional (boxing) fight.
“It’s like asking a triathlete to swim against Michael Phelps.
“He has to spread his skills across four or five disciplines and Mayweather is just focused on boxing.”
Lee did, though, go on to explain that he thinks the fight would be an extremely entertaining one, albeit with only one winner at the end of it.
“If it’s a boxing contest, Mayweather wins hands down. But Conor McGregor is tough and can punch.
“It’ll be one of the biggest promotions in the history of boxing.
“It’ll probably do more pay per views and sell more, be unprecedented.
“It will be a great promotion and a lot of fun watching the build-up.”
Having not fought in 2016 after losing to Billy Joe Saunders in late 2015, Lee marked his return to the ring with a victory over KeAndrae Leatherwood last St. Patrick’s weekend but says he will only fight again if the opponent is of the right calibre.
“I’ll wait and see who’s on offer. I’m number five in the world so I’ll be hoping to fight one of the champions.
“If my next fight isn’t a big fight or a meaningful fight, then I won’t fight again.
“I’m only in the game for significant fights. I don’t have anything to prove. I’ve become world champion, I’ve achieved my dream.
“I don’t need to fight for the money. I’m boxing because I love it not because I have to.
“If it turns out in September I don’t have the hunger anymore, then I don’t have to do it.”
Having given us so much entertainment in the past, one would hope that there is enough hunger left in Lee to fight again.
At just 32 he still has plenty of time left to showcase just how devastating he can be, illustrated in the highlight video below.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena