Unsurprisingly, the combat sports community began to split in regards to predictions for the fight. While some believe that Mayweather’s experience and defensive prowess will result in his undefeated streak extending to 50-0, others believe that McGregor’s size and power will lead to a shocking finish that sees Mayweather handed his first professional loss.
Boxing guru Teddy Atlas spoke to SportsCenter to discuss the scrap:
“It doesn’t figure to be competitive,” Atlas told Scott Van Pelt. “You’ve got a guy that they’re gonna say he’s got a puncher’s chance, but he’s in there with a defensive genius. And they’re taking advantage of your imaginations. ‘Oh, he’s got a puncher’s chance.’ Guys like Maidana, Pacquiao, Canelo — they were better punches than McGregor and better fighters. They couldn’t hit him. They couldn’t hurt him. So, really a puncher’s chance? Those are words, those are words to sell the fight. But in reality, not really a puncher’s chance.”
“At the end of the day, myself, most boxing people that have been around the business think it’s a caveman in there with a defensive genius,” Atlas said. “And usually cavemen don’t win those matches, because in this case they’re not allowed to bring a club. Even if he brought a club, you know what? There would be a lot of strikes. I don’t think that he’d be catching Floyd too easily with that.”
Only time will tell who leaves Las Vegas on August 26th with bragging rights in what many consider to be arguably the biggest fight in the history of combat sports.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/15/2017.