This week, fight fans were stunned when, without warning, news of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match was confirmed following the NSAC approving Mayweather Promotions request to promote an event on August 26th.
Immediately opening betting lines for the fight were finalized, with Mayweather settling in as a pretty heavy favorite despite big money on McGregor swinging the lines closer in the opening days.
While many combat sports fans and experts have been quick to count McGregor out of the fight given that Mayweather is arguably the most dominant boxer of this era, UFC President Dana White explained to TSN why the size difference between the two men makes this fight a whole lot more intriguing:
“I don’t see Floyd Mayweather as this indestructible, undefeatable guy. Is he slick? Can he try to stay away from Conor? Can he move? Can he roll with the punches? Can he do all that? Absolutely. But in a 12 round fight, Conor McGregor will at least hit him a couple of times.”
“Floyd Mayweather’s going to fight at 154 pounds against a monster. Conor McGregor is huge. I don’t think people are really going to realize, you know, all this talk about, all the guys saying ‘Floyd’s going to destroy him, Floyd’s going to destroy him.’ Wait until they meet face to face for the first time and square off, and people see the difference in the size between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.”
While the fight is being contested at 154 pounds, at light middleweight, higher than Mayweather has fought recently, Mayweather won the light middleweight title in 2007, before then defending the belt in 2012, and then re-capturing the vacant title by defeating Canelo Alvarez in 2013 before then defending the belt against Marcos Maidana in 2014.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/16/2017.