Does Conor McGregor Stand a Chance Against Floyd Mayweather?
It’s going to be a huge fight, not because it holds any value in sport, but because the hype around the Mayweather vs McGregor fight has been so huge that it’s been all over sports news since it was announced. The fight will pitch an undefeated but retired boxer – turned promoter – in Floyd Mayweather against the two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor in a sanctioned boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather has been heavily favoured throughout the build-up, as one would expect, and is still at 1/4, but Conor McGregor has made some rather lavish claims that he will likely need to back up if he wants to be in with a chance of winning.
Back in July, McGregor claimed to the Los Angeles crowd that he would knock out Mayweather in the fourth round. Now, within a week of the August 26 fight night, he’s really puffed his chest out, saying that he’ll knockout his American foe in first or second round – with the bout now being contested in 8oz gloves.
Looking at the two fighters, Mayweather has forged his career on employing elite-level defence, working on the counter, and dazzling the judges with his movement. McGregor began his mixed martial arts as a counter-puncher and has developed into an aggressive, stand-up striker, who is clinical and powerful.
As the fight progresses, Mayweather will get more and more comfortable on the back foot, up against the ropes, and will develop a rhythm to his counter punching, clocking in 10-9 rounds to eventually claim the victory by decision. McGregor needs to be brash and pressure Mayweather from the get-go.
It will be an interesting fight with the clash of styles meeting, and hopefully, it’s also entertaining, but coming into the fight, a Mayweather victory isn’t as assured as the odds would indicate.