‘Irish’ Joe Duffy was at one time one of the most watched prospects in the UFC. Prior to McGregor’s UFC 196 loss to Nate Diaz, Duffy was the last man to defeat McGregor, submitting the Irish superstar in the 1st round of their Cage Warriors 39 scrap in 2010. While Duffy is currently on a 2-fight win streak in the UFC, he is planning to test the free agency now that his UFC contract is up.
Duffy explained during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour that McGregor simply has a punchers chance, but not much more:
“I think in combat sports, there’s always a puncher’s chance. In MMA, boxing, there’s always that puncher’s chance.”
“I feel that Floyd is probably used to getting in there with bigger hitters than Conor. Boxers, them boxers really do hit (hard),” he said.
“On the scorecards, I really feel it’s a landslide towards Floyd. He’s one of the best of all time. How he made Pacquiao look — and Pacquiao is one of the best boxers we’ve seen in a long time — I think that just proves the level he’s at. Canelo’s probably a bigger hitter than Conor, (look) how he boxed him.
“It’s different. It takes a while to get into that sport, and to get up to par. I think if he pursued boxing for a long time, he could’ve done very well, definitely, but Floyd has been doing this since he was a child. I really just can’t see it going any other way.”
Only time will tell if Mayweather and McGregor ever step into the cage together, however if they do, the world will certainly tune in to watch how the UFC lightweight champion fares against an undefeated prizefighter such as Mayweather.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/22/2017.