Oh you better know that this is official, because it really is, Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather is happening, and there is no doubt that this fight is going to be one of the most important fights of the century in combat sports period.
This is the first time we have ever seen the crossing of two worlds into a huge pay-per-view Boxing event. The sentiment from some is that this is just a horrible money grab from two apparently greedy fighters, but to me it is so much more then that –
Do you realise the implications for MMA from a ratings perspective if Conor McGregor gets beaten with ease by the most successful boxer ever? It will undoubtedly hurt the UFCs stock, but they will carry on and continue to blossom into whatever WME-IMG are thinking of.
But CAN YOU IMAGINE the seismic vibrations that would occur within combat sports if Conor McGregor were to defeat Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match? The death of boxing? It sounds overly dramatic, but really if an 0-0 boxer can beat a 49-0 multi champion professional boxer, I could literally see majority of boxing fans switching their interests over to MMA.
Might sound like some kind of impossible alternate reality to many, but combat sports is often unpredictable. Now with Conor and Floyd openly agreeing via social media that the fight is on, everyone is just waiting for a date and venue to be announced.
Well now after all the months of waiting, today on June 15th 2017 we have the date and venue officially announced for August 26th at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Heres a video to get you fired up:
49-0 vs 0-0
In terms of the contest itself, many feel that it is a complete mismatch, due to the fact that Floyd Mayweather is basically the most decorated and richest boxer in history at 49-0 making hundreds of millions per fight, and Conor McGregor is 0-0 as a professional boxer.
But this is what I want to highlight here for a second, I am going to say this categorically – Conor McGregor is not 0-0 as a boxer, so get that out of your mind because its an illusion.
If I’m confusing you then ask yourself – How many 0-0 boxers are natural fighters that are 21-3 in unarmed combat, 86% of wins via KO, and are the only two weight world champion in UFC history? Obvious to say none right.
That’s what makes this fight intriguing to people, because Conor McGregor is a unique athlete in the world of MMA, and while he has pluses and minuses to his game in MMA like everyone, how does Conor win the majority of his fights? Via boxing techniques, which are at times mesmerising, particularly his power.
Also Conor has been training with pro boxers for a long time the likes of Conor Wallace, Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and many others.
So what I’m saying here is don’t get distracted by the 0-0 next to Conor’s name when this fight is announced in the ring.
So how do they really stack up?
Floyd Mayweather is considered to be one of the best boxers in history, an orthodox fighter that is without question the greatest defensive boxer of all time – his footwork, head movement, shoulder rolls, parrying and counters are something to behold, truly legendary stuff.
This is of course on top of his unbelievable technical offensive boxing which he can switch to in an instant to land beautiful combinations when coming forward.
This has all culminated in Floyd Mayweather having the greatest ever pro boxing record at 49-0, and a win over McGregor would take him to 50-0 which would eclipse even the legendary Rocky Marciano’s famous undefeated record.
Here’s a reminder of some of Floyds skill in a boxing ring –
So yeah Floyd is an amazing boxer with insane cardio and defensive skills, most likely the greatest ever in a boxing rin
g, but in an MMA bout, I firmly believe Conor would beat Floyd Mayweather reasonably easily due to McGregor’s highly effective kicking game in MMA.
But now lets look closer at Conor McGregor in a boxing contest –
While training boxing, and using boxing techniques in MMA fights is not new for McGregor, having a professional boxing match is definitely new territory for him.
Conor is predominantly a southpaw, and southpaws have given Mayweather some issues in the past, but Conor also likes to switch between orthodox and southpaw, in a very karate style base with his footwork, where he mixes in a great kicking game.
But there will be no kicks allowed in the boxing ring, but Conor will also have a significant size advantage – McGregor currently fights at 155 pounds, and has even fought at 170 pounds, while Mayweather has spent his career at 146 pounds or less.
Conor will also have a
few inches on Mayweather in height and reach – Conor is 5 ft 9″ with a 74″ reach, while Floyd is 5 ft 8″ with a 72″ reach, so their is no question that Conor will be the bigger man.
Money vs The Notorious
Now I know Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez are no Floyd Mayweather in boxing skill, but if you look at how easily McGregor beat Aldo and Alvarez, and how many times he dropped Diaz – are you guys learning yet that Conor has some special power in his hands?
Now with smaller gloves in MMA, there is not much protection for the fighter getting hit, but with larger gloves there is more protection from blows in boxing.
All that being said, do you think Floyd would KO everyone easily with smaller gloves in MMA? I highly doubt that, as he wouldn’t be prepared for takedowns/kicks/knees etc –
But when Conor doesn’t have to worry about being taken down, do you think that will decrease or enhance his punching power? Regardless of the gloves its an easy answer right. Conor will be able to hit Floyd harder then anyone he has hit before in MMA, that is of course if he can catch Floyd which we all know is so hard to do.
Also last but not least lets not forget the fact that Floyd is 40 years old, and Conor is 28, so age could also play a factor when these two collide.
So anyone who thinks Conor has no chance in a boxing match against Floyd, needs to comeback and read this article.
Here’s a little reminder of how good Conor McGregor is –
When will worlds collide?
If you want to book a ticket right now then you can do that right HERE.
But don’t get too shocked about the ticket prices when you see them, because this is historic. So for to watch Conor vs Floyd live and in person at the T-mobile arena – just remember ticket prices range from $2,000 -$94,000
And with regards to who will win this boxing match – well it could be a case of both fighters being able to defeat each other with ease in their own worlds, but who really knows? Combat sports is never predictable, so this is why we will all tune in to see it.
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