The time of either the most interesting publicity stunt or worst money grab of this century is almost upon us - Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather.

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As millions scramble to find a place to watch the mega event, the Rockford area's two pending Illinois Boxing Hall of Famers are backing Mayweather.

Pat "The Cat" Coleman, who runs the Pat Cat Boxing Club in Rockford, believes the fight is no stunt.

"I believe that Mayweather is a worthy opponent because he is one smart standup fighter in MMA and his different angles will give Mayweather problems," said Coleman in a text. "I predict a late KO by Mayweather between the eighth and 10th rounds."

Kenny "Candy Man" Gould agreed with Coleman's prediction although he couldn't pen a longer explanation because the UPS auditor was at the warehouse.

Of course, as career boxers, it's unsurprising they believe in Mayweather. The Sportshub tried to wrangle a prediction out of Corey "Overtime" Anderson, a Hononegah graduate who is 9-3 in UFC as a light heavyweight.

Anderson, through a representative, said he was making no predictions. Anderson's next fight is November 4 against Patrick Cummins in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Mayweather is a 1-4 favorite to win, according to the most recent odds.

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