On Saturday night, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor made history by becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC titles in two divisions simultaneously. He did so with a highlight reel, second-round knockout of lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
Having made history, McGregor is now poised to take some time off to father his first child with long time girlfriend Dee Devlin. When the Irishman does return to action – whether its to the UFC ownership stake he desires or not – he’ll have a long list of potential opponents at his fingertips.
He might, for example, rematch interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who he knocked out in just 13 seconds at the end of 2015. He might take on a top-ranked lightweight in Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson. He might even take a crack at reigning welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. And then, of course, there’s the oft-discussed, but undeniably unlikely possibility of a boxing match with legendary pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr.
During a recent segment on FOX Sports, sports personality Skip Bayless weighed in on the possibility of a boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather. Despite the fact McGregor would be in Mayweather’s world if such a fight were to occur, Bayless is confident he could silence all doubters and defeat the boxing great.
“I think Conor McGregor could beat Floyd Mayweather Jr., especially as he nears 40 years of age and has pillow fight punching power left in him, if that,” Bayless said. “I gotta tell ya, if Floyd watched [UFC 205], and I’m gonna guess that Floyd did watch this, I think there is no way we would risk entering the ring [with McGregor]. Not the Octagon, just the boxing ring, we’re talking about boxing here. 12 oz. gloves. All Floyd’s rules. Conservative, conventional boxing rules. I think that Conor McGregor would give him all he wanted.”
“There is no way that Floyd could knock out out Conor McGregor,” Bayless continued. “I just don’t think it would happen because Conor McGregor is the baddest man on the planet.”
Do you agree with Skip Bayless, or would Conor McGregor be in over his head in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr? Sound off, PENN Nation!