Katie Taylor's manager Brian Peters has revealed that the Bray boxer will earn the biggest paycheque in women's boxing history when she challenges to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world on Saturday night.

Peters referenced a 2004 Oscar-winning boxing movie when he told RTÉ Radio 1's Drivetime: "Katie Taylor will be the first genuine Million Dollar Baby."

"Katie is getting paid more than any female fighter in history, and rightly so.

"She's a big draw, a big star and puts on a hell of a performance."

Taylor will put her WBO, WBA and IBF belts on the line while Delfine Persoon's WBC strap and the Ring Magazine belt are also up for grabs at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Peters has warned fans that this will be a tougher challenge than any of Taylor's 13 professional bouts to date as she comes up against a Belgian opponent who has lost just once (43-1) and stopped 18 opponents.

"Every time Katie fights everyone expects her to win," said Peters.

"This is different. This lady has had 43 fights. She's a long-standing champion, a lot of dirty tricks, a lot of experience.

"She has more knock outs than Katie has fights.

"(But) you have to gamble to be great. We had Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao a few years ago but it was five years too late - the two boxers were past their best.

"The best fighting the best is what it's about and Katie rises to every challenge. She cherishes these moments and it's very special."

Peters added that the Bray boxer has only spoken to a handful of people over the last month as she prepares for her date with destiny.

"I've never seen Katie so focused, so determined, so single-minded as this.

"We all know she's a person who is always very focused on the job at hand but it's probably multiplied by 10 for this.

"She's barely spoken to anyone in the last month: only Bridget (her mother), Ross (Enamait) the trainer and myself."

Peters also played down the notion that Taylor's achievements are not matched by her coverage in the media.

"We always think we get very well supported," he said.

"We get inundated, 100 plus requests a day for interviews, and you just couldn't do them all."


 

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