On Saturday night, the biggest fight in combat sport’s history goes down as the “Notorious” Conor McGregor, a two-division UFC champion faces the greatest boxer of our generation, Floyd “Money” Mayweather in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This fight has captivated the hearts and minds of sports fans like no fight has ever before.
Every office, pub and gym is consumed with people debating the superfight, but have we all been sold a myth?
Could Conor McGregor possible beat one of the best ever in his boxing debut?
Conor McGregor is simply amazing; from the way he talks, to the way he fights, McGregor is constantly entertaining and his skills are ever-improving.
In his early career, he often threw punches with reckless abandon and often left himself off balance, but since beginning his UFC tenure, he has refined his skills significantly.
In his first fight with Nate Diaz, he was taught a lesson in composure and after gassing himself out in the within two rounds, he came back in the rematch as a precise and measured striker.
McGregor is in his prime, a phenomenal striker and far physically superior than Mayweather, but does that mean he has a chance?
The common train of thought that McGregor fans have been using is that McGregor has ridiculous power, and while this is certainly true, it is important to remember that power alone means very little in this fight.
Mayweather has fought harder hitters than McGregor and come through unscathed before.
The ferocity of the punch means nothing, accuracy is key and Mayweather is the most evasive fighter since Pernell Whitaker.
While McGregor’s power is fight ending with 4-ounce gloves on, it is important to note that he will be wearing larger gloves and fighting someone who is almost impossible to land on clean.
Floyd Mayweather is not a UFC fighter with sloppy hands.
The second most common reason for fans to pick McGregor is because he is much larger than Mayweather and this one does carry validity.
McGregor towers over Mayweather and is much broader than the American too, but this really doesn’t mean all that much.
In the build up to Canelo Alvarez vs. Mayweather, much was made of the Mexican’s size and power advantage over Mayweather, however from the opening bell, Mayweather negated his physical shortcoming with a monumental technical advantage.
McGregor’s size and power will be counteracted by Mayweather’s speed and movement.
Ultimately this fight is all smoke and mirrors.
McGregor is talented, but Floyd is the best. There is a insurmountable gulf in talent between the pair.
Mayweather’s footwork alone should lead to McGregor throwing blindly at thin air all night and being counter punched conclusively.
This fight was never going to be close, it is more a credit to McGregor and Mayweather’s promoting skills that this is even a discussion than it is a credit to the age old sport of boxing.