Conor McGregor will likely be going into the ring against Floyd Mayweather with a weight and size advantage – he is at least a couple of inches taller and tipped the scales at 153 pounds, compared to 149-1/2 for Floyd. And because he has a bigger frame, that size difference may be a little more pronounced come fight time.
But is he going to have a quickness or stamina advantage?
McGregor insists he has been working on the latter – by simulating fights in the gym he’s been training at. He has gone twelve rounds in sparring sessions on a few occasions, at least according to his camp, and he has been putting some time in an altitude chamber that presumably builds up his wind.
Asian Betting Mayweather McGregor – Online Betting Odds
In the boxing betting odds posted on this fight by the folks at VietBet, Mayweather is the favorite, although McGregor money has been very prominent:
Floyd Mayweather -600
Conor McGregor +450
Under 9.5 Rounds -155
Over 9.5 Rounds +135
Compared to the fights Mayweather has been waging, which have been distance affairs, McGregor’s fights in the UFC have been more like sprints. The boxing discipline is something different. We know he has been posturing about beating up Mayweather in the first two rounds. But is he really ready to go twelve rounds, with shoes on, in a ring with a fighter who has proven to be elusive and slippery for opponents, whether he is on the move or not?
That would appear to be a rational question to ask, even for someone who was optimistic about McGregor’s chances. That he could even last more than five or six rounds is something that is questioned in boxing circles. For people who are most familiar with the UFC, they see a puncher’s chance, as they have witnessed the power in McGregor’s left hand (he’s a southpaw).
It takes a lot out of a fighter to swing and miss, though, and that will be a part of Mayweather’s assignment on Saturday night. Whether he feels he can toy with McGregor or not is something Floyd will decide upon once he gets a feel for his opponent.
There is also the possibility that boxing people talk about all the time – that Mayweather could “get old in the ring overnight,” meaning that his timing could be off, his reflexes slow, and Father Time scores a victory as he can’t go about his business with the same energy he used to. VietBet patrons might be wondering if there is a certain “unknown” factor here, aside from McGregor going into a professional boxing ring for the fist time? That unknown might be how much sharpness Mayweather can muster after two years away from boxing.
Of course, we are not discussing this as a way of making a possible argument for McGregor to WIN. That seems far-fetched, unless Mayweather has some sort of breakdown and stands there, allowing Conor to just load up and land that left hand. But we wonder whether McGregor can come out of this thing without being thoroughly embarrassed.
Of course, embarrassment is a relative thing. If the UFC champ can make $75-$100 million, he could probably rationalize looking bad. For Floyd, losing to a non-professional after compiling a 49-0 record and winning multiple titles would be shameful enough to stay indoors for quite a while, regardless of whether he could be a domed stadium with the money he’d earn.
The likelihood – and we mean a STRONG likelihood – is that he won’t have to ponder such scenarios.
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