The Super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor could come to fruition in the near the future, a deal has yet to be reached, but both fighters are indicating that an agreement is inevitable.
Both fighters are great in their respective professions, but the fact that Mcgregor has won nearly all his UFC fights with striking and stand-up, suggests that he could enter a boxing ring and hold his own against a boxer.
Conor McGregor started out as a boxer in his early years as a youth fighter in Ireland. But he ultimately switched over to Mixed Martial Arts and has made history in the UFC, becoming a two-weight world champion.
However, Mayweather is no run of the mill boxer, the retired welterweight champion has never lost in his career and has solidified himself as the best defensive boxer of all time. His pure boxing skills are mesmerizing to watch and not many fighters are able to catch him with devastating blows.
Presuming the fight does happen under boxing rules, does Conor McGregor, who is a novice in professional boxing, have any chance at beating Floyd Mayweather?
No, and here is why:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has fought Canelo Alvarez, who was younger and bigger, he also fought a full fledged Welterweight in Shane Mosley. Tough fighters like Marcos Maidana who gave Mayweather some fits, but Floyd ultimately won both fights against the Argentinian. Oscar De La Hoya was another fighter that Floyd conquered in his boxing career.
McGregor’s awkward style might be challenging to Floyd in the early stages of the bout, however, Mayweather can adapt to his style and movement and will pick him apart with his ring experience.
When it comes to pure boxing skills, few will argue that Floyd is at the top of the list. The defensive skills he possesses are second to none. Quick reflexes and his ability to slip and roll with punches always keeps fighters fearful of his dexterity.
Mayweather boxes at different angles, the shoulder protruding slightly outward as he purveys the fighter in front of him. He is constantly moving, trying to anticipate the fighters next move.
Although Floyd has never had devastating punching power, the punches he delivers are precise. They are effective and fast, to go along with his great hand-foot speed in the ring.
Mayweather’s task is to not get hit, he will take a couple blows as the fight progresses, but his defense keeps him relatively untouched. When he finally fought Manny Pacquiao many boxing experts predicted beforehand that Floyd would get hit and hurt throughout the bout. But Mayweather proved that his skills were superior to Manny and made him look mediocre over 12 rounds.
Floyd’s intelligence inside the ring has been lauded by experts and pundits over the length of his career. As Mayweather often says,”No one can crack the may Vinci code”, which has reigned true for the past 20 years.
Floyd’s tremendous anticipation and attention to detail have him above and beyond all the boxers in his generation. A vital reason for Floyd’s longevity in the sport is the fact that he avoided taking hits and punishment over his career. His mind has been a weapon in the ring and has paid dividends for Floyd.
The chances of Conor beating Floyd under boxing rules are slim to none. The only advantage Conor has over Floyd is age, Floyd is 40 years old while McGregor is still 28 and in his prime. But Mayweather has stayed in tremendous shape since his retirement.
If for all intent and purposes the fight does happen, Floyd will dominate Conor in a boxing match as would Conor in an MMA match. The build up would be a spectacle to behold, the fight will be closely followed, even if purest on both sides do not approve of the bout, it is still box-office entertainment and the amount of revenue this super fight will generate is the reason both fighters will clash.
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