By Don Porcaro
The date we have all been waiting for has officially been announced. On August 26th, Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor will battle inside of a boxing ring.The rumors of this fight have been circling for over a year as McGregor is sure he can beat the boxing legend. Of course many fans that are actually going to watch this fight are simply interested in the entertainment value. Really, that is the only reason to be excited, because from a boxing standpoint this fight sucks.
Let’s start with the lack of the most obvious reason. The lack of boxing experience Conor McGregor has. This is someone who just got his boxing license last month. He will be completely out of his element when he steps into the boxing ring. What people tend to overlook is how different the two sports are. There is no kicking or grappling in boxing, McGregor is going to have to win using strict boxing technique. Although his MMA style most resembles a boxing style as opposed to other styles, it is still two completely different animals.
Although McGregor is most known for his striking style, that will be his only weapon in this fight. According to the contract McGregor signed, this fight forbids any type of MMA moves. Any type of non-boxing move will result in disqualification. Knowing Mayweather, it may result in a hefty lawsuit as well. With McGregor relying only on his fists, it will make this fight harder than any fight he has ever been in.
While his fists will be his only form of attack in the fight, even that will be limited. Once again, because this is a boxing match, McGregor will have to adapt to a different style. Instead of his usually four ounce MMA gloves, he will be forced to tote ten ounce boxing gloves. Not only will McGregor be limited to just punches, but his punches will be contained by a glove that is twice the size of his normal gloves. Meanwhile, Floyd has been training with the same sized gloves his whole career.
Not only are these gloves going to effect his punches in the moment, but also in the long run. Six ounces will be a big difference to McGregor who will easily throw over 200-300 punches if this fight manages to go into the later rounds somehow.
The later this fight goes, the bigger advantage Floyd has. McGregor’s longest fight of his career has went five rounds. If this fight does go the full 12, that is over double what McGregor has ever endured in an MMA fight. Going up against one of the most defensive fighters in history, he will spend a a lot of time chasing Floyd. McGregor will have to endure twelve rounds of chasing his opponent, which doesn't bode well for him.
This is where the boxing mind of Floyd also has an impact. Mayweather has been praised as one of the smartest boxers in history. Although his defensive style may be boring to watch as we saw against Manny Pacquiao, it is the reason why Floyd is 49-0. Mayweather is not undefeated strictly because of his boxing skill, but because of his mental understanding of the sport as well. McGregor isn't going up against any boxer, but rather one of the smartest boxers of all time. For someone who has never stepped in the ring before, it is crazy to think Conor stands a chance.
If you don't believe these reasons, look at the tape. Yes, now there is tape to prove it thanks to Chris van Heerden. The former boxer and sparring partner of Conor McGregor released a video on Twitter of the two sparring together in a boxing ring. It seemed van Heerden was connecting with ease as his opponent struggled to read his punches. Although Chris van Heerden is a respected fighter, he is no Floyd Mayweather. https://twitter.com/TheHeat001/status/875119789999390720
There have been many boxers and boxing fans alike who are upset over this fight, and personally I don't blame them. For those that want to watch good boxing, this is a horrible fight. McGregor is going to get embarrassed by Floyd. For those that think the NBA super teams are bad to watch, wait until this fight happens. Boxing fans will now feel the pain NBA fans have felt all season. As for the other boxers, any decent professional boxer would have a much better chance against Floyd than Conor McGregor. This is a publicity stunt and a money maker in its truest form.