Yes, this is pretty much a Mcgregor biased post, but I am going to be as reasonable (at least I think I am) as possible about this whole thing.
Couple of things to start with:
- Floyd Mayweather is the worst. I’ve already talked about that here: http://www.delcodelphia.com/?p=1840
- Wow, this is actually happening.
- Floyd Mayweather is DEFINITELY just doing this to avoid bankruptcy.
I mean to me, this all seems to check out. Conor knows how to fight “for the fans”. He took on Nate Diaz, his toughest opponent twice in two years, and he took the first fight on a week notice and had to gain 15 pounds. Floyd Mayweather took years upon years to finally fight Manny Pac past his prime, with a bad shoulder at the age of 36. Floyd Mayweather is tremendously stupid with his money, and doesn’t exactly believe in banks.
I watched the press conference after work and came away with some dangerous, and very likely irrational thoughts about Conor’s chances to actually win this fight.
- Conor is just as confident about this fight than he has been with prior fights.
- Conor’s confidence is extremely genuine. Besides saying he will beat Nick Diaz after gaining 15 lbs in a week to fight him, he’s been pretty much dead on with his predictions for every fight. For this fight, he predicts he will knock Floyd out in 4 rounds or under. Just listening to him talk can give you assurance that he knows exactly what’s going to happen.
For most fighters and athletes, talk is just talk and the play on the field (or ring) does most of the talking. For Conor Mcgregor, it really hasn’t been that way. When he says he is going to do something, it is extremely hard to discount that. I’m not saying he is going to win this fight, but for me to believe he will lose this fight in an embarrassing manner would have to mean he is flat out wrong in his words. When your word matches the action almost 99% of the time, doesn’t it justify people to put faith in this man?
So, words are words, and fists are fists. Sure his words mean something, but probably just in his own sport, right? It’s extremely hard to gauge whether or not MMA fighters can translate to boxing, and whether or not Boxers can translate to MMA.
I don’t expect you to watch the entire 14 minute clip, so I’ll break down what I found.
Surprisingly, MMA fighters went 3-2 against boxers in a boxing ring in this clip. I’ve been researching the MMA vs. Boxing dispute a lot, and I’m starting to truly believe Conor has a much better shot than people think.
As much as that 3-2 record can be exciting for MMA fans, there is a few things to consider.
- The level of fighting is very low.
- These dudes have little to no skill, and these are basically glorified street fights.
- Anderson Silva is considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. While he did beat that guy convincingly, the boxer he faced was an amateur. He’s been trying to fight Roy Jones Jr. for years, but the talks have never turned into anything.
- None of these boxers are Floyd Mayweather. Although Floyd is 40, he has never been seriously hurt in his fights. He’s without a doubt, the greatest defensive boxer of all time.
The largest problem remains to be the mystery. I can’t decide whether or not Conor has a chance just because there is basically no history behind this. However, Conor is probably right when he says Floyd would be a dead man in an octagon.
- James Toney, a well decorated boxer couldn’t last a minute in the octagon against Randy Couture.
- Ray Mercer, an olympic gold medalist and former WBO heavyweight champion, couldn’t last a minute in the ring with Kimbo Slice.
- He did however land a knockout punch on former UFC Champion, Tim Siliva in an octagon.
- The most successful boxer in the MMA world is probably this guy:
Yes, this guy. Eric “Butterbean” Esch has 17 victories in the MMA world, all thanks to his tremendous right hook.
In the end, all of these weird comparisons probably don’t matter. None of these guys are nearly the athletes that Conor Mcgregor and Floyd Mayweather are. However, If there is one thing that I can take away from MMA vs. Boxing, it’s this:
Power seems to translate. If you can knock a guy out in one punch in MMA, you can knock a guy out in boxing. Boxers aren’t any more athletic or stronger than fighters in MMA.
So what does Conor have going in this fight?
He is more powerful than Floyd Mayweather. He is 12 years younger than Mayweather. Floyd hasn’t knocked anybody out in a decade, and relies on his defense 100% to win fights. He also hasn’t fought in two years, and is starting to really feel his age.
“Today we had a meeting and I can’t push my body [anymore]. It’s grueling. Training camp is grueling. I can’t do it anymore. It’s rough. Training camp is rough. I’m just going to the gym, working hard everyday and it’s rough. This has to be my last one.” – Floyd talking yesterday when asked if he would entertain a rematch with Conor.
If Floyd really thinks this, and isn’t just playing with people, this is a dangerous thought to have before fighting Conor Mcgregor. If you’re not 100% into this fight, you’re giving Conor, a man with all the confidence in the world with nothing to lose, an edge mentally. We have heard a million times how Conor plays “mental warfare” with people. So if Floyd is truly letting these thoughts into his head, that’s a big win for Conor.
So let’s talk about Conor’s power. As Joe Rogan likes to say, “Conor has the touch of death”. It’s his power, but a lot of it is his precision and speed. Every fighter always underestimates how much a Conor punch is going to hurt them, and Floyd is doing the same thing here. Eddie Alvarez said Conor “was the easiest dude in his division”. Nate Diaz told people that Conor wouldn’t be able to touch him in the second fight. Floyd Mayweather is Floyd Mayweather, but he has the same mindset of past fighters that have lost to Conor already.
If Conor is going to have any chance with Floyd, he has to hurt him early and often. Back in 2010, Shane Mosley almost knocked Floyd down twice in the second round of the fight. Floyd eventually recovered and got back into rhythm to beat Mosley by unanimous decision. Shane Mosley was 38 at the time of this fight and critics thought he would’t have enough power to beat Floyd.
So is it crazy to think that Conor Mcgregor, 28 years old in the prime of his “powerful, mysteriously precise” striking could do a little better than the 38 year old Mosley? I don’t think so, especially considering how much older Floyd is now.
Then there’s the Pacquiao fight. You’ll hear a lot of “If Manny couldn’t beat Floyd, how the f%$k is Conor supposed to?” Well, let’s look at that.
Manny Pacquiao, as impressive as he still looks, hasn’t knocked out an opponent since 2009. He also fought Floyd Mayweather with an injury.
Manny Pacquiao said a right shoulder injury prevented him from fighting at his best in his loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Nevada officials also denied Pacquiao’s request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight Saturday night. The chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission said the ruling was Pacquiao’s fault for not mentioning his injury sooner. – ESPN.
Turns out that Manny had a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He knew that if he revealed his injury, the chance to fight Floyd Mayweather might vanish.
So again, as great as Manny Pacquiao is, he definitely lacked the knockout power to take down Floyd. And if anyone is going to beat the 49-0 Mayweather, it has to be by knockout.
Conor has the knockout power that a lot of these guys simply didn’t have. He knocked out Jose Aldo, the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC in 13 seconds back in 2015. He tossed Eddie Alvarez, the supposed stronger fighter around the ring for 7 minutes before he sent Alvarez to the ground seeing stars.
I could of written a piece on how everyone is dumb to buy into this, but what fun would that be? Take the leap of faith with me. Invest your heart in this Irish warrior, not the scumbag wife beater who is only doing this to pay off taxes after flashing money in our faces for years.
Unicorns are real, and Conor Mcgregor can win this fight.