Marc McCullough was close to fighting on Mayweather Vegas bill

Belfast's Marc McCullough
Belfast's Marc McCullough

Marc McCullough could have been mixing with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson and all the other superstars at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2.

Belfast featherweight McCullough was offered the fight against WBC Super-bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz on the undercard of Mayweather and Pacquiao’s mega-fight at the Las Vegas venue.

Santa Cruz was making his first jump to featherweight and laboured to a points win against Jose Cayetano over ten rounds.

But McCullough’s trainer and manager John Breen says they turned the opportunity down.

“I got a phone call from Blain McGuigan saying they had a fight for Marc and big money was involved.

“He did not tell me who it was or where it was but that it was a big fight,

“I told him that Marc was a stone over the weight and I would ask Marc what he thought?

“I talked the whole thing through with Marc and we decided not to take the offer. it was only after that we found out that it was Santa Cruz and Las Vegas.

“But the notice we had was too short and Marc will be involved in big fights like this down the line.

“I have watched Santa Cruz and I believe a fully preparedMarc McCullough beats him - and it is also great that Marc is being mentioned at this level.

“I also believe that if Santa Cruz stays at super-bantamweight, Carl Frampton has his number.

“I also believe that Carl beats Guillermo Rigondeaux.Ten months ago I would have laughed at that suggestion, but Carl has improved and I believe he is a very, very special talent.”