Written by: NothingButBoxing
For the most part, every boxing pundit in the world (except maybe In Ireland) have given Conor McGregor essentially no chance to defeat Floyd Mayweather. On paper it’s easy to see why. In one corner you have the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, arguably the greatest pugilist of this generation who has defeated greats like Pacquiao, De Le Hoya, Cotto, and Hatton. And his opposition, Conor McGregor whom to his credit has taken over and transformed the UFC, yet has zero professional boxing experience. In spite of his lack of experience, I’ve come up with three reasons why Conor McGregor will be the first man to accomplish what so many before him have failed to do.
1. He Has Nothing to Lose
Perhaps the most obvious, Conor has nothing to lose in this fight. If he loses, we’ll all say “what else did you expect.” All the more reason for him to put all on the line and prove every person who doubted him wrong. His life has been an example of putting it all on the line and proving critics wrong from knocking out Jose Aldo in 12 seconds to simultaneously holding two belts in two different weight classes to going from receiving food stamps to a net worth of over 10 million dollars. This man has shown countless times that he will always prove the doubters wrong.
2. Size Advantage
Though both fighters will have to weigh in at a maximum of 154lbs, there is no rehydration limit reported for Mayweather vs. McGregor. In his fight against Marcos Maidana at 146lbs, Floyd rehydrated to 148lbs on fight night compared to Maidana’s 164lb. It’s no secret that Floyd is not naturally a physically imposing man seeing that he has been outweighed on fight night for the majority of his world champion bouts. The question is, how will he handle someone with Conor’s size. Conor is rumored to naturally walk around as big as 180lbs. If he rehydrates anywhere near 170+, there is a good chance that Floyd’s punches will be unable to hurt or deter McGregor from coming forward and using his size to bully Floyd, similar to what Maidana did in their first fight.
The fact that McGregor has never been in a professional boxing fight may be his biggest advantage.At this point Floyd doesn’t exactly know what to expect from Conor. Nobody does. I will say that Floyd is a master at making in ring adjustments but against Conor this skill may not be enough to carry him to victory. If Conor’s training methods have shown us anything, it’s that he is embracing this advantage of unpredictability and doing things in preparation that we haven’t seen from any other boxers. From his movement drills to just shadow boxing, it’s clear Conor McGregor isn’t coming into this fight as a typical boxer.