Steve Bunce is a longtime boxing pundit that has appeared on numerous broadcasts on television and radio and has also written quite a bit about the sport of boxing.
Speaking recently in an exclusive interview with the Daily Star, Bunce took a strong position on one of the biggest fights in combat sports history between UFC champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather. Bunce went against what many boxing analyst’s said of the fight, which claim Mayweather simply let McGregor win the first few rounds.
“I didn’t think he [McGregor] was capable of giving Floyd a boxing lesson for three rounds – but he did,” Bunce said.
“Everyone said ‘oh that’s what we expected’ and I said ‘no it isn’t, what you expected was Conor McGregor to run at him for three rounds and Floyd to run away for three rounds.’
“What happened was it was the reverse. Floyd had to chase McGregor.
“Floyd got a boxing lesson. Floyd was picked off.
“Floyd was hit with more counters in nine minutes by Conor McGregor, the first three rounds, counters – not punches – than he was hit in his previous 49 fights.”
One punch that surely rings a bell was the uppercut that “The Notorious” landed early in the fight. Although one punch, it is something many world champion boxers had a hard time pulling off themselves in the ring against Mayweather.
“When does he get hit by a counter?” Bunce added.
“He gets hit in exchanges with [Miguel] Cotto, [Marcos] Maidana – even Ricky Hatton, he gets hit by those. Pacquiao even catches him.
“Who counters Floyd Mayweather? Conor McGregor countered him. That’s genius.
“That’s unbelievable – who said that would happen? Nobody.
“I don’t even think Conor McGregor thought that would happen.”
Where do you stand on the performance of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather? Have you had a chance to rewatch the fight? Let’s discuss this in the comment section.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/1/2017.