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Mayweather vs. McGregor Preview | The Lateral #53

LuZo Aug 8

Fight Prediction: Boring

This isn’t going to be a fight. It’s going to be a snooze fest.

That’s what happens when you put a generational boxer in the ring with a generational MMA talent… for a boxing fight. Floyd Mayweather has been doing this professionally for 21 years and has never lost with a record of 49-0. He’s arguably the greatest defensive fighter ever, has broken records in pay per view buys for HBO, and is one of the most polarizing athletes of all time. People buy his fights to see him lose. And it hasn’t happened yet.

Conor McGregor is a superstar in his own right with 21 wins, 18 coming by way of knockout, and 3 losses in his mixed martial arts career. He dominated the featherweight division, fought and lost at welterweight to Nate Diaz, before coming back down to Lightweight where he claimed the crown of that division, becoming the UFC’s first two-division champ. No small feat. We can’t forget to mention the fanatical following, the record breaking tv sales and viewership, and the endless but effective self promotion, becoming the biggest combat superstar ever.

This fight will be the biggest in fight history for any combat sport. That’s what happens when you put the biggest MMA fighter in the same ring with one of the best boxers ever.

And Conor might have every intention of making this a fight, a slugfest. The brawl we all want to see.

But Floyd is going to do what he’s always done. Run. And counter. And duck. And slip. And frustrate Conor to no end.

And frustrate us, the viewers, as well.

Not to take anything away from McGregor, but Floyd is probably too fast. Even at 40 years old. Floyd knows he can’t get into a slug match with Conor. The MMA star is bigger and stronger and has made a living in the UFC with his long range striking. He delivers timely, impactful shots from outside the other guy’s range.

And Floyd has made his hall of fame career by eluding punchers. He’s great at it.

The other side of the coin is that we really don’t know what Conor is going to do. I’m purely speculating and I understand the fallacy of trying to predict the Irishman’s fight plan for a boxing match based on his mixed martial arts performances.

If this fight is competitive in any way, shape, or form, then it’ll be huge for boxing, MMA, and combat sports in general.

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