We are now less than two months until either the Fight or Farce of the Century as UFC star Conor McGregor takes on unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. Few are giving Conor McGregor much of a chance, and he’s a +515 underdog at MyBookie. Here are some reasons why McGregor can’t win.
Reasons Why Conor McGregor Has No Chance To Beat Floyd Mayweather
McGregor Has Never Had A Pro Boxing Fight
Look, if McGregor got Mayweather into the Octagon, then there’s no doubt McGregor would win. He could use mixed martial arts and wrestling skills, on top of his punching power, to chase down Mayweather, get him on the ground and beat him senseless.
However, McGregor has never fought simply a boxing match and that’s a whole different sport. It’s really more about NOT getting hit.
Following a loss in a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August 2016, McGregor faced some criticism for his lack of boxing finesse. He threw a lot of punches and combinations before wearing himself out.
Take Manny Pacquiao’s Word For It
Pacquiao is one of the best boxers in history and of course fought Mayweather two years ago in the previous Fight of the Century. So when Pacquiao talks boxing, you should listen. And Manny says McGregor has no shot.
“McGregor has no chance in this fight,” Pacquiao said this week. “In fact, it could be very boring. There is no way he will be able to land a meaningful punch on Floyd. How could he? He has no professional experience in boxing.”
Having been dominated and baffled by Mayweather in a 2015 boring fight that went 12 excruciating rounds, Pac-Man is qualified to dole out a prediction.
Or Take Bernard Hopkins’ Word For It
“This is all fake news,” said Hopkins, another Hall of Fame boxer. “First of all, [McGregor] hasn’t fought an amateur [boxing] fight to my knowledge. I’ve checked around and I’ve been around the game for a long time. He hasn’t had any experience as an amateur or a professional. How does any commission, in Vegas or anywhere, give him a license to fight a guy like Mayweather, who is one of the icon guys of our era?”
The 52-year- old has suggested Mayweather and McGregor could afford to give away tickets to the fight for nothing, calling on UFC president Dana White to make a “big statement”. “Mayweather and McGregor, you know and I know, you don’t have to be on our side, be on boxing’s side. That is not a boxing match,” Hopkins added.
Or Take Roberto Duran’s Word For It
Duran is yet another Hall of Famer who thinks this will be one-sided: “Mayweather beats the guy, it will be a spectacle. A wrestler of that size won’t do anything to Mayweather. If McGregor is serious he will break both arms and legs of Mayweather. Mayweather will beat him… McGregor is a clown,” said Duran, who was a lightweight, welterweight, and super welterweight champion.
Oscar De La Hoya, albeit as a rival promoter, suggested McGregor shouldn’t even be licensed to box Boxer Chris Van Heerden recently released a video that shows him landing punches on McGregor while the two sparred in 2016. Van Heerden was the 11th-ranked welterweight in the world per the WBA rankings as recently as April and has a 25-2- 1 record as a pro boxer. But he’s not in Mayweather’s league.
Mayweather Dominates Southpaws
McGregor is a southpaw, and sometimes that can give opponents trouble who are used to orthodox fighting stances. UFC president Dana White has said that if there is a potential weakness for Mayweather, it is against southpaws.
“I mean, listen, is he at the level of a Floyd Mayweather, as far as boxing standards go? No,” White said of McGregor. “But the kid, first of all, is a southpaw, and people can, you know, argue one way or another. Floyd, traditionally, if you want to say there’s ever been a kink in the armor with that kid, it’s with southpaws, and Conor McGregor is an absolute knockout artist.”
Except Mayweather 9-0 with four KOs against southpaws. Not counting the rounds where he’s gotten finishes, he’s fought 64 complete rounds against them that were scored by the judges. With three judges in each fight, that means that there were 192 scored rounds. Mayweather won 159.
Science Says So
Most believe that McGregor’s only shot is a knockout because he has such power. However, ESPN Sport Science recently broke down the Mayweather-McGregor fight from several angles, determining each combatant’s punching power.
Mayweather, who’s known for his defense and counterpunching, generates about as much force as McGregor’s UFC rival, Diaz, with his punches. Of course McGregor lost once to Diaz and then won a war against him.
Meanwhile, Mayweather is one of the five best defensive fighters ever. Not only is Floyd second to none in terms of dodging, but he’s also deathly quick when landing a counter. Mayweather is just about the worst possible opponent for a fighter like McGregor, in terms of in-ring temperament and style.
McGregor’s biggest strength is knockout power, and he’s facing a fighter who hasn’t been knocked down by a punch in his professional career.
Mayweather vs McGregor’s Odds & Props
Favorite to Win the Fight
- Conor McGregor: +515
- Floyd Mayweather: -735
How Many PPV Buys Will Mayweather vs McGregor Have?
- Over 4.99 Million: -130
- Under 4.99 Million: -110
Will Mayweather and McGregor Have a Second Fight?
- During 2018 – Yes: +280
- During 2018 – No: -480
Will Mayweather and McGregor Have a Rematch?
- In The Octagon By 2018 – Yes: +900
- In The Octagon By 2018 – No: -5000
Will Either Corner Throw In The Towel?
- Yes: +353
- No: -585
Will Either Fighter Be Warned For a Low Blow?
- Yes: +140
- No: -190
Will McGregor Kick Mayweather During the Fight?
- Yes: +600
- No: -1200
Will Either Fighter Have Points Deducted By Referee?
- Yes: +210
- No: -320
Mayweather vs McGregor Final Results Odds
- Floyd Mayweather Jr By Ko, TKO Or DQ: -150
- Floyd Mayweather Jr By Decision: +120
- Conor Mcgregor By KO, TKO Or DQ: +500
- Conor Mcgregor By Decision: +3300
- Draw: +2800