The smart money might be on Floyd Mayweather, the big money might be on Conor McGregor, but how can he cash in and win?
The UFC fans are convinced, boxing purists are dismissive, so while none of our esteemed Panel give ‘Notorious’ a chance – except of course Dan Hardy – we asked them just how the Irish superstar should go about it…
The only chance is that he leaps on him immediately and not stop throwing punches, jump on him. He is not a bigger puncher than the likes of Canelo, Ricky Hatton, Diego Corrales, Oscar De La Hoya.
The list is endless, but what he does have over those guys is youth on his side, so he can keep going from the first bell and hope that Floyd has aged overnight. That has happened in boxing.
He’s got to in there thinking it’s a two-round fight. It’s one round really but just think either ‘I knock him out or he knocks me out’ – even if I knew I could gas myself out.
He can’t stop throwing punches from the moment that first bell sounds. He needs to make it intense and keep it intense, bring it to Mayweather. Basically, it needs to be a street fight… within the Queensberry rules.
He has to do the only thing he can do, go in there and rough Mayweather up. He can’t outbox him, he can’t beat him with speed or power, so put it on him, mess him around and hope he lands a big shot.
Look at Marcos Maidana. He was very limited when it came to his skills but he took it straight to Mayweather and gave him an absolute nightmare in their first fight. He needs to use that as the blueprint, not try and switch, do all sorts of silly moves, because if tries that, he will get taken out.
I’d have him make it a dirty fight. If Mayweather goes on ropes, be clever, hit him on hips, low if he can get away with it, use his forearms in there and just be rough. He can’t worry about being too precise because good fighters have tried to do that and they came unstuck.
Jose Luis Castillo and Marcos Maidana put it on him but they’ve been able to do that, their feet got them into position to get up close. McGregor can’t have a boxing fighter’s brain to throw the right shots at the right time. And there’s no point trying that, either.
Do something out of character; throw a shot he wouldn’t usually throw or lunge in. But we know what Mayweather is like, he doesn’t take the chances McGregor will need to do that.
But I remember, I did some sparring about two years after I’d retired, I realised my timing just went. Completely. Nothing compares to fight night and Floyd’s got to do that against someone with the weirdest style ever. Trouble is, he might be 40, but Floyd hasn’t been in many, so still has plenty of miles on the clock.
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