Former boxing world champion Antonio Tarver is no stranger to the perils of the boxing ring. Although many fans have their own opinion on how UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor would fare against boxing pound-for-pound elite Floyd Mayweather if and when they do meet, Tarver has an insider’s look into the fight having had loads of experience in his heyday.
“Not a chance in hell,” Tarver said Monday on The MMA Hour.
He was talking about McGregor’s chances of beating Mayweather if the fight does indeed push through. Obviously, with McGregor having zero experience as a professional boxer, taking on Mayweather is a daunting task. McGregor has been seen sparring with a few boxers in the past, with varying success.
Antonio Tarver was recently a guest on The MMA Hour
“Because Conor McGregor can’t beat the top-20 in the division, how the f*ck is he going to beat Floyd Mayweather? Not a f*cking chance in hell (of even a puncher’s chance), because he’s not punching with those four-ounce gloves on. He’s punching with 10-ounce gloves on. Big difference,” said Tarver.
Like pretty much the entire world, Tarver believes McGregor has no chance of victory. He also believes that McGregor is just in it for the money.
“It’s a money fight. I don’t know if it’s a mockery, but it’s a money fight. That’s what it’s all about. Conor McGregor can’t beat Nate Diaz in a boxing match. In a boxing match, [Diaz] will beat his ass, and there’s a whole lot of other fighters out there who will beat his ass in a boxing match,” said Tarver.
He gave his take on McGregor’s chances against Mayweather
As to how Mayweather would beat McGregor, Tarver didn’t mince his words.
“I think Floyd can knock [McGregor] out, because Floyd is a boxer,” Tarver said.
“[McGregor] is not going to know what to do. He hasn’t had the repetitions, he hasn’t had the experiences. He don’t know what it’s going to take. Sh*t, he gets tired in a five-round fight, even though they’re going five rounds and they’re wrestling. What the hell you think is going to happen in round six, seven, if he gets that far? When he’s mentally fatigued and tired? Because I’ve seen him in the Octagon getting mentally fatigued and tired. So he just needs to be taught.”
So there you have it folks. What do you think of Tarver’s assessment of McGregor’s chances?