News | Jun 15 2017

What would happen if Conor McGregor decided to choke out Floyd Mayweather?

The subject is addressed in the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather contract, John Dennen learns
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HOW can Conor McGregor possibly beat Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match? McGregor is a master mixed martial artist, a discipline that does involve punching as well as striking with kicks, knees, elbows, not to mention grappling, wrestling and more.

But boxing is a different sport and McGregor hasn’t competed in it since he was a novice amateur in Ireland at the tender age of 16. The Irishman does have power, but for that to have an effect he’ll need to actually catch Mayweather. And we don’t know how effective his punches will be in 10 ounce gloves rather than the tiny MMA gloves.

McGregor is a left-hander but the suggestion that Mayweather ‘struggles with southpaws’ is faintly preposterous. Manny Pacquiao is the best welterweight southpaw in the world and he had little to no effect on Mayweather. In recent years Robert Guerrero and Victor Ortiz were both relatively high level southpaws that Mayweather handled with aplomb.