Who will it be?
The counter defensive elusive boxing style of Mayweather?
Or the knockout left hand of McGregor?
Love it or hate it –
It is one of the most intriguing fights of a generation. Who would have thought that this fight could even ever have happened as recently as 2 years ago? It goes to show you how far UFC has come in recent years, and how far boxing stock has fallen in the same period.
McGregor called out Mayweather when asked about it on the Conan O’ Brien show 2 years ago, and after lots of heckling and winding up from McGregor, Mayweather finally took the bait.
On paper, with Mayweather’s 49 wins to 0 defeat record, it would suggest that this would be a walk in the park. But as the build up to the fight has approached there seems to be more doubt creeping into the Mayweather Camp.
Mayweather has everything to lose in this fight, his undefeated record and reputation, and of course boxing’s reputation is on the line.
It is no surprise that the boxing fraternity is giving McGregor no chance, because if McGregor knockouts out Floyd, he also destroys boxing’s credibility with a single punch.
Mayweather without doubt is one of the best pound for pound boxers that the sport has ever seen. But age is not on his side here. At 40 years old, and having not fought in over 2 years he may be vulnerable against McGregor who is 11 years his junior at 29 years old.
When the fight was announced McGregor was given a rank outsider chance at 4 / 1 by the bookmakers. This has almost come down to 3 / 1 (33 / 10) since then.
Probably due to the fact that Paul Malignaggi, former IBF & WBA World Champion, called McGregor out during the build-up. So McGregor been McGregor, invited him round to his training camp to do 12 rounds of sparring with him. Malignaggi duly accepted, but then left the camp shortly after the sparring session, and went public feeling that he had been set up. The McGregor camp then released footage of it sometime later to show what in fact transpired.
It seems that not only was McGregor able to hold his own against a former world champion boxer, but was able to clearly win the contest.
Of course, Paul Malignaggi is not Floyd Mayweather; he is really not worth comparing to Mayweather’s subtle skill and movement. But it certainly would have made the boxing purists sit up and take note of McGregor; this may not just be a circus after all.
A closer look at both
Mayweather is the king of counter defensive boxing and has mastered the art of not getting hit. But can he avoid that left hand of McGregor’s for a full 12 rounds? If he does he will win the fight on a unanimous points decision but he won’t knock out McGregor as he doesn’t have the power now and hasn’t knocked anyone out legitimately since Ricky Hatton in 2007. McGregor has also never been knocked out.
People seem to forget that in the 3 times McGregor has been stopped in his career they were all by submission. He has never actually been knocked out in his career. And to add to that he can take a punch, look no further than the Nate Diaz Re-Match fight, where he took a hell of a lot of head shots at the much heavier weight of 170 pounds.
Mayweather is obviously the more skilled boxer, with his feline like counter – defensive style, coupled with his incredible reflex response time. McGregor obsesses about mastering movement, and he is right to place so much emphasis on it, but for me, Mayweather is the master of movement in boxing.
McGregor’s obsession with movement, focus & precision and his truly unorthodox & south paw style may unsettle Mayweather as he is known to have chinks in his armour against south paw fighters. McGregor also has a reach advantage of 2 inches at 74 inches but I don’t think this will make a whole lot of difference against a boxer of Mayweather’s pedigree.
If McGregor allows Mayweather time to figure out his style he will most probably win the fight on a unanimous points decision. But McGregor will go out all guns blazing in the early rounds looking for the knockout.
McGregor has stated in the build-up that he predicts whoever goes on the front foot once the bell goes in the 1st round will win the fight, and Mayweather has responded by saying he will go on the front foot also from the bell.
Mayweather would be silly do to so, as this is not his natural approach.
I think though McGregor is trying to feed Mayweather the bait here, and trying to get him to attack early on. So that he may leave himself wide open for McGregor to catch him cold with his left just like he did the last unbeaten champ, inside 13 seconds – Jose Aldo – in December 2015.
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