Of course Dana White is going to talk up Conor McGregor’s chances against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night. Of course he is. White is, after all, a lot richer because of what the Irishman has managed to do for the UFC. But is there any truth to what the UFC boss is saying?
Obviously, McGregor meeting Mayweather in the boxing ring puts the MMA superstar at a disadvantage against the boxing superstar. And there’s no denying that McGregor’s utter lack of boxing experience is going to be a hindrance. But…
Here’s MMAFighting with White’s words:
“The thing about shocking the boxing world is that the boxing world is saying dumb stuff like, ‘This guy doesn’t even belong in there and he doesn’t have any chance,’” White said. “A guy who hits as hard as Conor McGregor absolutely has a chance. And when he knocks Floyd Mayweather out on Saturday, they’re all going to say, ‘Floyd was too old and this and that.’ They’ll have a whole different set of excuses.”
“Everybody thinks that he’s going to go in there and and he’s boxing the best boxer — he’s not boxing anybody,” White said. “This is under boxing rules, but you better believe this is going to be a fight. This isn’t going to be a boxing match, this is going to be a fight. When you’re in boxing, you throw a jab, a right hand or a hook or a hook to the body comes behind it. None of that stuff is going to be coming. Floyd is the master of knowing what comes next and he’s the best defensive fighter. Those aren’t the same patterns that are going to come from Conor McGregor. It’s going to be completely different.
“Conor doesn’t just have to hit him on the chin. He’s going to hit him on the elbows, he’s going to hit him on the shoulders, he’s going to hit him all over his arms, the side of the head, the side of his gloves. He’s on 29-year-old legs. Floyd’s on almost 41-year-old legs, and anybody who’s been 41 knows what that’s like. Conor is the bigger, stronger man who will apply pressure, hit him with hard punches, he will eventually catch him and he will knock him out.”