Five boxing experts have given hints on how Conor McGregor can beat undefeated Floyd Mayweather in tonight’s boxing match.
With McGregor making his professional boxing debut against Mayweather, few pundits or fans give the Irishman any chance of winning.
Mayweather is a five-division world champion, having won fifteen world titles and four lineal championships in four different weight classes. He boasts a flawless professional record of 49-0.
McGregor, in contrast, last boxed competitively when he was little more than a child, training out of Crumlin Boxing Club.
‘ Rough him up’
UFC light-heavyweight Jimi Manuwa, who is targeting a boxing match of his own with none other than David Haye, thinks that McGregor has to rough Mayweather up if he is to have any chance of winning the fight.
In an interview with The Independent, Manuwa thinks some of McGregor’s MMA skills could come in useful in this regard.
“I do give McGregor a chance of winning. The thing is Mayweather’s ring craftsmanship is second to none. So Conor has to really make him work and bully him in there – he has to get him into a corner and beat him up. And Conor has MMA skills which Mayweather won’t have seen before.
“Coming from MMA, Conor has so many more skills other than just boxing which he can use, such as the clinch and his wrestling ability. Plus he’s the stronger man. So it is going to be a very interesting fight, but it’s key that Conor gets on the inside and really bullies him.
“Of course on paper it looks as though McGregor hasn’t got a chance, but when you put two trained athletes inside a contained environment, anything can happen. We have seen that a lot in the UFC, but maybe we haven’t seen it in boxing yet.
McGregor’s pull-back left-hand counter is widely considered to be one of the most destructive shots in MMA. Few have been able to take it, and part of the intrigue of this fight is whether Mayweather will be able to survive the shot.
On his part, UFC president, Dana White, said landing the left is by far McGregor’s best chance of winning:
“Listen, when you put two people together anywhere – here, anywhere – and they start throwing punches, anything is possible,” he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“Floyd Mayweather is going to be 41 years old this year. And if there is a kink in that armor, it has been with southpaws.
“Conor McGregor is a southpaw. He is 29 years old and he hits like a truck. He has got 12 rounds to land that punch. When he hits people, they go. And if he hits Floyd, I think he will hurt him. And when he hurts people, he puts them away.”
World-respected boxing trainer, Abel Sanchez told UFC.Com that waiting to land a big shot is not an effect strategy for McGregor, as Mayweather is too dangerous on the counter.
Instead, he thinks that McGregor has to work relentlessly, dictating the pace of the fight and making his supposedly superior fitness count:
“He has to make Floyd uncomfortable, and the only way he can make Floyd uncomfortable is to throw shots.
“They say McGregor is a big puncher, and if he waits for an opportunity to land a shot, he’s gonna get drilled by Floyd while waiting. So what I would try to do is get him to understand that he’s got to work three minutes out of three minutes and move his hands.
“Obviously he’s got to be in great shape to do that, so that would be part of it, and that’s why I’d worry about having enough time to get to that point.
“He’s a bigger guy than Floyd, but if he’s waiting to land one on the chin, it may be all night. The only chance he’s got is to move his hands and be faster than Floyd and be first before Floyd and just touch him.
“He needs to hit him anywhere and hopefully, while you’re moving your hands, he makes a mistake and you catch him. The more rounds he goes, the better it is for Conor McGregor.”