It’s no secret what the public thinks of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s boxing match. They’ll tell you every minute of every day on a myriad of social platforms. Some are fervently arguing McGregor’s power is just too mutant, others clap back with the fact that the best boxers on our planet couldn’t beat Mayweather, so how will McGregor do it? As with any war or conflict, some people just choose to remain conscientious observers. Surprisingly, the same goes for UFC fighters. The folks at MMA Crazy TV put together a collection of fighter prediction and some of them said some very interesting things. Most of them agree though, that it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Conor McGregor beats Mayweather.
“Floyd’s not just a better boxer, but a smarter fighter, and he’s a championship level fighter. He’s obviously the better boxer, we look at it and we can see he’s the better boxer. But sometimes, being better isn’t enough, because Conor will hit him with some unpredictable stuff. Floyd’s never fought a switch stance fighter before, I think Conor sees that. Floyd’s never fought someone who can handle the clinch like that. Floyd’s fought power hitters before, but he’s never fought somebody with that type of movement, even that type of stance. If it was against any other boxer, I think Conor would stand a really great chance of winning.” — Kevin Lee on Mayweather vs. McGregor.
“It’s good for MMA fighters, especially if Conor can go in there and do work. Win, lose or draw, if he can go in there and put on a show either way. Boxers have kind of trashed our stand-up for so many years, if he goes in there and shows up, MMA is just going to be sitting on a crown and he’s going to be the king. I can’t hate on the guy for making millions of millions. […] If I had to bet, I would bet a decision for Mayweather. But with the way Conor is getting into his head a little bit and the way he punches, I hope Conor wins.” — Paul Felder on Mayweather vs. McGregor.
The Irish fighters seemed to link telepathically in loyal unison, with Gunnar Nelson joining suite in support of his longtime training partner. Everyone else picked Floyd Mayweather or decided to not answer at all. A couple of things are certain: Conor McGregor would destroy Mayweather in a real fight and the only thing the UFC lightweight champ has in his favor is unpredictability and unorthodox fighting movements. Will it be enough? We’ll know in a mere two weeks.