This might not end well…
Worlds collide on August 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Undoubtedly the best fighter in MMA right now, Conor McGregor, will attempt the unthinkable. Crossing over to the world of boxing, the confident Irish star will face Floyd Mayweather.
Unsurprisingly, the fight has been hotly debated since being confirmed earlier this month. McGregor’s chances in a whole new sport, and Mayweather’s ability to still dominate after 40 years old have been the main points of discussion.
With pundits and characters from both sports chiming in, Mayweather vs. McGregor has awoken combat sports after a period of relative quiet.
Striker vs. Boxer
Comparing the two is a little like apples and oranges. On the one hand, we have McGregor with no boxing experience, but a raw ability to shock the world and knock people silly. On the other we have Floyd Mayweather, a surgeon of the boxing science and unbeaten in his profession.
Aside from the clear haters of this bout, there seems to be an underlying theme among the combat sports community. Many believe ‘The Notorious’ will simply be outmatched, outclassed and ‘Money’ will run rings round him.
Then came today, as both men revealed their moves in the gym. Mayweather, on the double end bag, looking sharp and accurate as usual, gave some interesting insight. From both sets of fan’s perspectives, there’s a lot to be concerned about from the following two clips:
Has Floyd Mayweather Lost His Step?
Read that status ‘not the same fighter I was 5 years ago,’ have we ever heard Mayweather talk like that? Yes his timing is there and he’s slick and has great fundamentals. But really, is he looking a little slow?
Time waits for no man, and perhaps the inactivity and lavish living has finally caught up to Floyd.
Then again, here’s the footage released by McGregor, who will make his boxing debut against Mayweather this Summer:
McGregor in Boxing…
In terms of boxing basics, McGregor can land a powerful and well timed punch, that’s clear. Again, though, this is not MMA and every wrong movement, missed step, however minute and irrelevant it may seem, will be capitalized on by Mayweather.
So on both sides of the scale we have concerns. Mayweather looks a lot slower, McGregor is not a pure boxer and it shows. Then again, maybe, just maybe, both men are trolling, putting out this footage in the hopes of throwing us, and the other fighter, off balance?