Updated: Aug 24, 2017
This weekend, millions of people around the world will tune in to watch one of the richest fights in boxing history. Many boxing experts are not giving Conor McGregor a chance against the legend that is Floyd Mayweather, with the undefeated boxer being a big favourite to win the fight. However if anyone can silence these experts its Conor McGregor and the support for him has strengthened in the last few weeks with the betting odds of a shock win for the Irishman shortening. That being said, here are some reasons why a victory for the current UFC Lightweight champion may not be out of the question.
Conor McGregor’s MMA record reads 21-3. Only two of his wins have come by decision and one win has come by submission. His 18 other wins have all been by either KO or TKO. McGregor has the power in his left hand to finish the fight, but the only problem is that Mayweather is an expert at not getting hit, and he rarely gets rocked. To land the left, McGregor will need to mess with Mayweather both in and out of the ring to force him into mistakes he wouldn’t normally make.
We’ve already seen the mind games on full show between the pair during the week long world tour promoting the fight. We’ve seen everything from Mayweather throwing money onto McGregor to McGregor roasting Mayweather with the infamous “You can’t even read” comment during the Toronto leg of the world tour. McGregor knows how to get into the head of his opponents and so if he can get into the head of Mayweather when it comes to fight night, Floyd could make uncommon mistakes which could lead to opportunities for Conor to wear Floyd down and set him up for the finish with the left hand.
Mayweather has never fought someone with an unorthodox stance that McGregor as well as many MMA fighters use. He is used to fighting boxers who use a traditional boxing stance, which has helped him keep his distance from many fighters over the years. Although this is a boxing match, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw McGregor use a few non – traditional boxing stances, in the hope to throw Mayweather off and confuse him with his unorthodox style of boxing, in order to move in on him and finish the fight.
Mayweather has been out of the ring for just under two years, and although he has had breaks over the years and come back stronger, he is now 40 years old and is returning to a gruelling sport to face a man in his prime and 11 years his junior, who is taller and stronger. So will Mayweather be able to keep up with the younger McGregor, or will McGregor be able to use youth over experience and cause an upset by knocking out the man who has a professional record of 49-0.