UFC commentator Joe Rogan doesn’t think former UFC champ Conor McGregor will do well in a potential boxing match with Manny Pacquiao.
McGregor and Pacquiao have been linked to a potential boxing match for several years. If the fight ever ends up happening, however, Rogan believes McGregor will be in over his head.
“You’re talking about one of the greatest boxers of all time against a guy with one professional boxing match,” Rogan said bluntly on his podcast, comparing Pacquiao and and McGregor’s boxing experience.
Tony Hinchcliffe, the guest on this episode of Rogan’s podcast, pointed to the fact that McGregor had some early success in his 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, which he ultimately lost by TKO in the 10th round.
Rogan countered that point by claiming McGregor’s early success was all part of Mayweather’s plan.
“Let me tell you something,” Rogan said. “The reason it was close is because Mayweather let [McGregor] blow his wad.
“Mayweather had to figure out Conor’s timing,” Rogan added. “Conor is not a professional boxer. Because he’s not a professional boxer, he’s not as efficient, and he’s going to get tired easier.
“[Mayweather’s] style is take the minimum amount of damage, find your openings and then establish your game and dominant,” Rogan continued. “Conor is a freak. He’s an explosive guy. He’s so fast, and there’s no remedy for that, other than getting [him] tired. What Mayweather was doing was boxing with him, but preserving [energy]. [He was] being safe, realized that Conor can punch, but drag him into deep water. That’s what a guy like Mayweather will do.”
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