Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather will square off in the boxing ring on August 26, but while most consider the outcome to be a foregone conclusion, we propose 8 ways Conor beats Floyd. Let us preface this by saying, we think Floyd will beat Conor, but we have been watching sports long enough to never forget the saying, “That’s why they play the game.”
1. Conor’s Unpredictability
Conor is not a traditional boxer, therefore he will not approach this fight as a traditional boxer would. Yes, boxin techniques are successful for a reason, but let us ask you this:
Which of these gives Conor a better chance of beating Floyd?
A) Conor, an 0-0 boxer, tries to beat a 49-0 boxer with nothing but traditional boxing techniques?
B) Conor, an 0-0 boxer, fights in a way he is comfortable with, causing Floyd to see something different than the years of muscle memory he is accustomed to?
Additionally, Floyd will not be able to dissect hours of boxing footage on this opponent and remain confident in the techniques which are going to be used. He must predict the techniques Conor is going to use, allowing Conor to improve his chances of beating Floyd.
2. Conor’s Left Hand
Some people are genetically predisposed to excelling at certain things. There is a mix of nature vs nurture, talent vs hardwork, but in every great athlete, there is something they have been born with to help them excel at his/her particular sport. We are not saying Conor’s left hand would be unique in a boxing setting, but we cannot say it isn’t. At the very least, we can say it is unique in MMA.
3. Floyd Has 2 Feet Out the Door
Floyd Mayweather is 40 years old, compared to Conor’s 29 years. Floyd has announced his retirement before, but this will be his longest layoff, roughly 2 weeks short of 2 years. His layoff between Ricky Hatton and Juan Manuel Marquez was 1 year and 9 months. He was 32 years old when he fought Marquez. At the end of this layoff, he will be 40.
In an interview with Stephen A. Smith, Floyd stated, “I didn’t have no plans to come back at all … they gave me a deal I couldn’t refuse.”
Click to see Floyd Mayweather discussing retirement with Stephen A. Smith:
In the Andre Berto post-fight interview (Floyd’s last fight), Floyd stated, “You gotta know when to hang it up.” “I’m knockin’ at the door now, I’m close to 40 years old. “There’s nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing.”
Floyd also had an interesting interaction before round 12 of the Berto fight:
Floyd is also involved in many business ventures, including the 2017 opening of his gentlemen’s club, Girl Collection. He has expressed how he enjoys the business aspect of boxing more than the physical/training. All of this makes one begin to wonder how much Floyd is taking this fight to become 50-0 vs improving his financial status? The latter improves Conor’s chances of beating Floyd.
4. Conor’s Reach
The last time Floyd Mayweather (72 in. reach) faced a boxer with a longer reach than him: Oscar De La Hoya (74 in. reach). This is the only time Floyd had a fight end in split decision. Whether you agree with the scoring or not, it still was a split decision.
Conor McGregor has a 74 inch reach, same as Oscar. Of course we are not comparing Conor to Oscar, just pointing out this will be the last time Floyd fought someone with a longer reach since Oscar. We must also point out, Oscar was 15 years into his boxing career and 2 fights away from retiring.
Reach is not the be-all-end-all, but it does have meaning in the sport of boxing. For example, one of Floyd’s countering techniques is to barely lean backwards when his opponent throws a punch, then immediately countering.
Click to see Floyd Mayweather’s lean back/pull counter:
Conor’s reach advantage will increase the difficulty of this technique, either making Floyd lean back a little further, or having him move his feet back a little further.
5. Conor’s Gas Tank
People will typically point out how tired Conor became in the first Nate Diaz fight, which is a legitimate point, but he was pouring it on in hopes of finishing Diaz.
Here is Conor referencing the inefficiency of his strikes in the McGregor vs Diaz I post-fight interview:
In the second Diaz fight, Conor’s gas tank allowed him to go 5 rounds against a fighter known for stamina and durability, throwing a plethora of leg kicks, which are more tiring than throwing punches due to the amount of muscles involves.
Yes, when Conor fights Floyd there will be 12 rounds for a total of 36 minutes compared to 5 rounds for a total of 25 minutes, but there will be no kicks, no grappling/clinch work, and the total for rest interval in this boxing match will be 11 minutes, compared to 4 minutes in a 5 round MMA fight.
6. Conor Will Bring Fight to Floyd
Many boxers claim to be ready to bring the fight to Floyd, but once in there, they become lost by Floyd’s countering ability, no longer wishing to throw punches because of the consequences. Conor may be no different, but Conor has shown a kill-or-be-killed mentality.
In Conor’s 24 MMA fights, 2 have gone the distance and he won both of those decisions. When he loses, he get finished. He does not ride out the fight in hopes of not getting finished.
In his fight against Chad Mendes, Conor was completely exhausted, laying flat on his back in the second round. Then, he immediately gets up, marches over to Mendes, and TKOs him.
Click to see the final moments Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes:
People will bring up how Conor tapped from a Nate Diaz choke. Would him tapping or going unconscious have changed the result of the fight? No. Getting submitted by Nate Diaz is nothing to be ashamed of, a BJJ black belt with 13 submissions. Does Conor get any credit for his escape from Diaz’s guillotine moments before?
7. Conor’s Toughness
Toughness is difficult to gauge, not only between sports, but between individuals in each sport. Fighting Floyd Mayweather involves a great deal of toughness, specifically mental toughness. Mixed Martial Arts could be argued as one of the toughest sports.
A tough individual is needed to be able to endure being punched and kicked, fighting through submission holds which can choke you unconscious, break your arms, and tear your knees, and the amount of physical exhaustion involved in grappling. There is the saying “wrestling builds character” for a reason.
8. Conor’s Chin
We believe Floyd Mayweather actually has an underrated chin and it may be better than Conor’s, but one cannot deny the chin has a certain amount of miles on it. If you look at the accumulative aspect, Floyd’s car has many more miles on it. We do realize the glove size is different in boxing, than it is in MMA, boxing involves strikes to the head and body, most being to the head, while MMA has a wider array of techniques.
Floyd is an absolute master of defense, but highway miles still matter. The amount of times Floyd has been struck to the head is many times more than Conor. Plus, most of the strikes you take are in training.
Floyd made his professional debut when he was 8 years old. He has 49 career fights, compared to Conor’s 24. Conor’s punch may or may not trouble Floyd, but the chances are increased against a 40 year old Floyd with more miles, rather than a 30 year old Floyd with less miles.
Check out the promo for Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather: