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3 Reasons Why McGregor Will Present a Genuine Threat to Floyd

  • Three Reasons Why Conor McGregor Will Present a Genuine Threat to Floyd Mayweather

    Conor McGregor is set for the biggest challenge of his career next month when he takes on the unbeaten boxing star Floyd Mayweather in what is being dubbed "the fight of the century". McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing match before; however, the 28-year-old has been involved in a 12-week long training programme to ensure he is in the best shape possible for the contest.

     

    If successful, the Irishman will be the first opponent in 50 fights to inflict a defeat on Mayweather. The former pound-for-pound number one made his debut in 1996 as a super-featherweight and after just 17 fights, he challenged for the WBC title, which he won with an eighth-round stoppage over Genaro Hernández. The American went on to become a five-division world champion with notable victories coming over Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao; the latter came following a unanimous points victory.

    Source: MayweatherPromotions via Twitter

     

    Many boxing pundits are giving McGregor no chance in the boxing ring and have labelled this contest as a little more than a circus show. The bookmakers, on the other hand, disagree, as McGregor has boxing odds on Paddy Power at +400 – much lower than the majority of Mayweather’s opponents leading into their fight with the superstar of the sport. Here are three reasons why McGregor may cause Mayweather problems in the boxing ring.

     

    1. Age

    When the two men head into the ring on August 26 in Las Vegas, there will be an 11-year gap between the fighters. At the age of 40, there have to be serious questions asked about the condition of Mayweather. He has been out of the sport for almost two years now and his passion for training has surely wavered somewhat in that time, where he has lived the life of luxury. McGregor, on the other hand, is at the peak age for fighting and always keeps himself in great shape. This could just be the perfect time for the Irishman to take this challenge.

     

         2. Speed

       

     Source: Conor McGregor via Twitter  

     

    As we have seen throughout McGregor’s MMA career, one of his best attributes is his speed: not just with his legs but also fists. Clearly, with a pair of boxing gloves on, McGregor isn’t going to be as sharp as he is inside the Octagon; however, he will have had three months to train with the weight of gloves he will use on the night so he should not be underprepared. 

     

    One thing is for sure, McGregor fears no opponent so he will happily exchange punches in the middle of the ring, which is probably his best chance of winning this fight.

     

    3. Under-estimation

    There is a very strong chance Mayweather will go into his 50th professional fight believing he only has to turn up to win the bout. That is exactly what McGregor will be hoping. Under-estimating any opponent in a boxing ring or any other fighting format is dangerous and we have seen numerous examples of that coming back to bite fighters over the years.

     

    Whatever your opinion is of this fight, one thing is for sure: the build-up is going to be something special as both men are not shy in front of the camera and will want to win the psychological battle beforehand. 

    The Science Behind Mayweather vs. McGregor | Sport Science | ESPN

     

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