At one point in time, The Blackzilians in Coconut Creek, Florida, was home to some of the top MMA talent in the UFC. Now, with a team that is admittedly splintered, 1996 Olympic Boxer Antonio Tarver has stepped in as the head striking coach of the fragmented team.
Throughout the course of his nearly twenty year long career, Tarver racked up a professional record of 31-6-1 which included a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic games.
The newly appointed striking coach spoke on The MMA Hour about the hot topic in MMA today, a potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match, where he gave McGregor ‘no chance’ of beating Mayweather:
“Not a chance in hell,” Tarver said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Because Conor McGregor can’t beat the top-20 in the division, how the f*ck is he going to beat Floyd Mayweather? Not a f*cking chance in hell (of even a puncher’s chance), because he’s not punching with those four-ounce gloves on. He’s punching with 10-ounce gloves on. Big difference.
“It’s a money fight. I don’t know if it’s a mockery, but it’s a money fight. That’s what it’s all about. Conor McGregor can’t beat Nate Diaz in a boxing match. In a boxing match, [Diaz] will beat his ass, and there’s a whole lot of other fighters out there who will beat his ass in a boxing match.”
Surprisingly, while many have criticized Mayweather for what they believe to be an inability to finish fights, Tarver believes that Mayweather could very well knock McGregor out:
“I think Floyd can knock him out, because Floyd is a boxer,” Tarver said. “[McGregor] is not going to know what to do. He hasn’t had the repetitions. He hasn’t had the experiences. He don’t know what it’s going to take. Sh*t, he gets tired in a five-round fight, even though they’re going five rounds and they’re wrestling. What the hell you think is going to happen in round six, seven, if he gets that far? When he’s mentally fatigued and tired? Because I’ve seen him in the Octagon getting mentally fatigued and tired. So he just needs to be taught.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/2/2017.