While Conor McGregor’s win over Eddie Alvarez this past weekend in the main event of UFC 205 was certainly an incredibly dominant one, which saw McGregor dominate Alvarez bell to bell en route to a 2nd round TKO win, members of the fight community have mixed reactions to McGregor’s odds in a potential boxing match with undefeated boxing icon Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather, who was briefly linked to a bout with McGregor starting back in July when McGregor was pulled from his UFC 200 headlining scrap against Nate Diaz for refusing to fulfill his media obligations for the event, has continued to discuss the possibility of fighting McGregor in a boxing match.
This has only added fuel to the fire of talks of a potential boxing match between the two, however the way famed boxing trainer Freddie Atlas sees it, Conor McGregor has no chance.
He spoke on ESPN to discuss the situation:
“Caveman,” Atlas said when asked about his thoughts on McGregor. “Listen, (he’s) a tough guy, very brilliant, genius promoter. There hasn’t been a promoter like him since Muhammad Ali. That’s a great compliment that I’m giving him.”
“All these UFC guys, they’re genuinely tough, tough guys,” Atlas said. “And they have grappling skills that get you on the floor. For the average athlete, it’s all over, but as far as boxing — and it’s not a knock on them, it’s just a fact of my world — they’re cavemen. They would not beat C-level fighters.”
“(McGregor) would last as long as Mayweather would allow him to last for,” he continued. “It’s just primitive. Their skills striking — they call it striking, we call it boxing, standing on your feet, chucking punches — It’s primitive compared to the elite boxers. Even lower than the elite level boxers, Class C boxers that are professional fighters would have an easy time with these guys.
“It’s a different story if they can take you in their world. If they can take you on the floor, and grapple, and do those sort of things, then as I said, it’s a different story. But as far as strictly adhering to boxing rules? No contest, baby.”