Written by Steven Buckby
Mayweather (currently sitting at an undefeated record of 49-0) is risking his entire legacy on this fight and even though he is 40 years old ( 12 years older then McGregor) he is still in a fantastic condition from the looks of recent training video’s. McGregor has reportedly been training for this bout for the last 3 years but has always had a background in boxing as it is one of his styles in MMA and his training video’s show him doing very well with the transition.
Here’s the thing though, Boxing is completely different to MMA and having to unlearn things that Conor (The Notorious) McGregor has had drilled into him from a young age will be difficult. For a start, in MMA you are always prepared for your opponent to go for a take down and if you watch Conor’s fights you will see that he always has his arms low to try and counter an incoming ground and pound. The gloves used in the UFC weigh 4 ounces and are a lot lighter then the 10 ounce ones allegedly being used in the upcoming bout. McGregor has also only ever gone the full 5 rounds in a professional fight once against Nate Diaz back in 2016. In UFC the rounds last 5 minutes and the competitor has a 1 minute rest period between rounds. In boxing rounds last for 3 minutes and have a 1 minute rest period but this bout will be scheduled for 12 rounds so if it goes the distance Conor has to have another 11 minutes of fight in him.
The Legendary trainer Freddie Roach has said in recent interviews that “McGregor does not possess the ability to trouble Mayweather” He also said “I’d love to see it, he’s fun to watch. He’s a character. But he’s not that good of a fighter. He’ll let his hands go and so forth. He’s a little wild. He’s putting himself on a very high level. I think he’s more of a four-round fighter at this point”. Having trained boxers like Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr he is definitely someone who knows what he is talking about.
You cant dismiss McGregor though. He has proven time and time again that he can knock down some of the best fighters put in front of him. Having won UFC belts in 2 different weight classes he also looks like the favourable opponent to some as the fight will be held at the weight of 154 pounds and he has previously fought at 155 pounds where as Mayweather normally fights around the 146 pound mark so after weigh in this will make Conor (The Notorious) McGregor the bigger opponent.
McGregor also favors his left hand and in the past Floyd has struggled in some bouts with Southpaws. Mayweather isn’t really a knockout fighter and chooses often to play the defensive game and pick apart his opponent where as McGregor has shown his explosive hands on many occasions and normally stalks the person he is fighting favouring the front foot most of the time.
Fight night is set for August 26th in Las Vegas and no matter what you think the outcome will be you can guarantee that this fight will be talked about for years to come.
I personally think Mayweather has got this in the bag and that’s just going off the fact that he is coming out of retirement and risking everything he has worked for to take this fight. He is set to lose so much if McGregor gets the better of him and I just don’t think he would do it if he didn’t think he would comfortably win. He is currently joint record holder for most wins with no losses alongside the late great Rocky Marciano and a W would give him the best accolade in Boxing. I predict a stoppage in round 4 or 5 with Mayweather being the victor but this is Boxing and it only takes one punch for Conor (The Notorious) McGregor to shock the world and take out the man some consider the best fighter of our generation.