Can McGregor REALLY beat Mayweather?

Conor McGregor

Written by Mark Gordon.

Many have heralded it as the biggest fight ever, as the worlds of boxing and MMA collide! The biggest draw in the history of MMA, Conor McGregor, is set to step into Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s world. Can he beat the “Greatest Defensive Boxer Of All Time” in a straight-up boxing match?

The fight has been written off as a circus sideshow by many, mainly within the world of boxing. They believe it to be a publicity and money-making stunt by both fighters. They know how much money both men stand to gain from it. The majority of mainstream sports media are refusing to give McGregor a prayer, since it is indeed his boxing debut.

However, in my opinion there are a few factors that could realistically lead to the Dubliner walking out of Las Vegas on August 26th with a “surprise” victory:

Knockout Power – Anyone that has seen any of his fights in the UFC can attest to the fact that The Notorious has the power and impeccable timing to knock out any man, if he can work the right opening. Against a boxer with a style like Mayweather these opportunities will be hard to come by. If he does connect with a clean shot there is a good chance it could be lights out for Floyd. The Notorious could silence his critics once again!
Movement – Another key aspect of McGregor’s MMA game that could be beneficial is his unorthodox movement style, which he has adapted from training with movement guru Ido Portal. This is a style that allows him to remain looser and strike from angles that are not very conventional. While there are large portions of this that will not translate directly to boxing, this movement does feed into the timing of his strikes. His movement will be tough for Mayweather to gameplan for.
Unpredictability – This may be a boxing match, but I don’t think we will see much “conventional boxing” from McGregor. Yes, he will be restricted to fighting using just his hands, but his movement mixed with Mayweather’s years of training to handle traditional boxing stances and angles could cause problems for the American.

While there are only a few small clips from his sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi it stands as evidence to show that he managed to work openings and connect with punches on someone who is a championship-level boxer. From closer inspection of the footage you can see that he is throwing some punches from a position that most boxing purists would consider to be “wrong”. This unorthodox style could be very tough for the Mayweather camp to accurately replicate in a sparring environment. It’s so different from any other boxer. This could prove crucial in their preparation.

Don’t get me wrong. I know a lot of people will disagree with this, but at the same time I strongly disagree with the majority of negative mainstream commentary around this fight and those writing it off as a publicity stunt. I do think that if this goes past the 4th round then Mayweather will most likely drag it out. He is more than capable of doing just enough to get a victory on the scorecards. I also believe that Conor McGregor does have enough tricks to hand Mayweather his first ever loss. If that does happen then those Irish fans that made the trip twill be having one hell of a celebration! Either way, the world of combat sports is in for an intriguing night on August 26th!

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