Though Conor McGregor is an incredibly talented mixed martial artist, he’s being widely discounted in his upcoming boxing match with undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. People just don’t seem to believe the Irish mixed martial artist will be able to hang with Mayweather in the boxing ring.
The same would go for Mayweather in a mixed martial arts bout with McGregor, of course. If McGregor was allowed to use his kicks, elbows, knees, and takedowns – rather than just his fists – Mayweather would be given almost no chance.
On the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, UFC commentator Joe Rogan gave his take on what would happen if McGregor broke the boxing rules and planted a head-kick on his foe.
“[If McGregor kicked Mayweather], that would be f**ked up,” he said (via MMAFighting.com). “There’s probably some stipulations in the contract that say, ‘you can’t get him in an armbar or choke him.’
“[But] could you imagine? He would be a god damn folk hero. If they got in close and Floyd was shucking and juking on the outside and he threw a jab to cover up a left high kick and that left high kick necks him? Just clang! And you see Floyd go limp – and he would go limp. He’s never been high kicked like that. Jesus, that would be crazy.”
“Would it be worth it? It would but it would f**k everything up because no one would ever trust another fighter from MMA to ever fight a boxer in a boxing match again.”
While these comments from Rogan are interesting, UFC President Dana White has already assured it would be extremely unwise of McGregor to kick Mayweather when they fight.
“That [kicking] will not happen; it’s in the contract,” White told Martin Domin of the Mirror. “This is a boxing match under the Nevada commission under the rules of boxing. We talk about a guy of Floyd Mayweather’s value in the sport—the lawsuit if that ever happened…Conor loves money and he would lose a lot of money if that happened.“
What do you think would happen if Conor McGregor kicked Floyd Mayweather?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/20/2017.