Paul McCloskey is sure Carl Frampton will rock Scott Quigg in Manchester

Paul McCloskey in action against Amir Khan at the  MEN Arena in Manchester in 2011
Paul McCloskey in action against Amir Khan at the MEN Arena in Manchester in 2011

Paul McCloskey is sure Carl Frampton will beat Scott Quigg in Manchester on February 27 - but ‘The Jackal’ will not enjoy the experience.

IBF King Frampton and WBA belt holder Quigg will lock horns at the Manchester Arena in front of 22000 fans in the stadium, with millions more tuning into the action on television.

And McCloskey - who fought Amir Khan at the same venue in 2011 for the WBA World super lightweight title - believes Frampton will get the job done.

“I think Carl has just too much for him and if he is smart on the night he will win the fight.

“But I think it will be tougher now than is would have been two years ago. Two years ago Carl would have taken him apart, but I think it will be closer now - but Frampton still wins.

“I think their last fights when Carl was put down twice in the first round in El Paso and Quigg stopping Kiko Martinez has made the fight bigger. This is a massive, massive fight and I am still hoping to be there - but Carl will not enjoy it.

“There will be loads of pressure and this is your job after all. There is lots on the line and he will know that.

“But to be honest no fighter really enjoys it. It is great if you win - but while the fight is going on - the only people who really enjoy the fights are the boys sitting watching it with a beer in their hand.

“I have to admit I enjoy the big nights of boxing more now because I am sitting watching them.

“But when you are part of it, there is pressure and it is a hard, hard sport,” added the former European champion.

Thousands of local fight fans will travel to Manchester to watch the clash and they will be prepared to make some noise when the fight gets underway - but McCloskey says neither fighter will take any of it in.

“It is great fighting in front of a large crowd, but for me I was always in a trance of concentration and totally focused on what had to be done.

“It is great when you win and can celebrate with the fans but during the actual fight - you are in the zone.

“The fans will sing and cheer their hearts out and that is great but basically it is Carl and Quigg in the ring and it is down to the two of them. said McCloskey.

“I always enjoyed the build-up to the fight but once it started you were totally concentrated on the job and winning the fight - no-matter what it took.”