#UFC Fight Night 126 #Donald Cerrone #Yancy Medeiros #Bellator 194 #Derrick Lewis #Marcin Tybura #Matt Mitrione #Roy Nelson #UFC Fight Night 57

Wait. What? Floyd Mayweather breaks down the reasons Conor McGregor could (should?) upset him

This embed is invalid


We’re about two weeks away from all hell officially breaking loose in the combat sports world, if it hasn’t already.

You’ve probably heard a thing or two about unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) taking on UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) later this month. The two meet in a crossover boxing match – McGregor’s first – on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in what is expected to be the most lucrative fight in history.

You’ve also probably heard a thing or two about how McGregor really doesn’t have much of a shot against a man who will be in his 50th boxing match. Mayweather opened as a 12-1 favorite, though those odds have been bet down to 7-1. Sure, the MMA contingent has a list of reasons why McGregor could pull off a stunner, but the odds are what they are for a reason.

But Tuesday, Mayweather sat down with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith – presumably willingly – and rattled off a whole bunch of reasons why … wait for it … wait for it … why McGregor could, or even should, beat him.

Bear in mind, we’re only a few weeks removed from the massive press tour “Money” Mayweather and McGregor did in Los Angeles, Toronto, Brooklyn and London, during which Mayweather made no bones about McGregor having no shot.

But with Smith, with the fight looming, his tune seemed to change. According to Mayweather, it’s all about McGregor’s youth, height and reach. And then the typically brash Mayweather added some self-criticism to the interview, admitting he’ll have ring rust, that he’s lost a step, his power is gone – and he’s “slipping.”

Was it a moment of brutal honesty and self reflection? Or was it reverse psychology?

“When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man from top to bottom,” Mayweather told Smith. “He’s a lot younger. I’ve been off a couple of years, and I’m in my 40s. So if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor.”

Mayweather is coming out of retirement for the fight against McGregor. It will be his first fight in nearly two years, since a unanimous decision over Andre Berto in September 2015. Before that, his megafight with Manny Pacquiao was a lackluster decision win for him in May 2015.

McGregor won the UFC’s featherweight title in December 2015 with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo. Then he had a pair of welterweight fights against Nate Diaz – a submission loss and majority decision win in the rematch – before going after the lightweight title. In November 2016, he stopped Eddie Alvarez to become the first concurrent two-division champ in UFC history, though the promotion stripped his featherweight belt two weeks later, leaving him to move forward at lightweight. But he hasn’t fought since then and instead focused on the birth of his first child – and going after the megafight with Mayweather.

A win over Mayweather obviously would be monumental – and might even necessitate a rematch, meaning the paydays would be off the charts for all parties involved a second time.

“I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago,” Mayweather said. “I’m not the same fighter I was five years ago. I lost a step. A fighter like Andre Berto isn’t even supposed to go the distance with Floyd Mayweather. But remember, I was 38. It’s obvious I’m slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like that go the distance with me. I’m not what I used to be.

“I used to have a 90 percent knockout ratio. It’s obvious I slipped somewhere. Something has taken a toll on my career.”

In actuality, the closest Mayweather ever was to a 90 percent knockout ratio was seven fights into his career, when he had six knockouts for an 86 percent clip. Thirty fights into his pro career, his knockout ratio was at 70 percent.

But despite seeming to upgrade McGregor throughout, Mayweather still believes the fight is his.

“I didn’t say I couldn’t fight. I just said I’m not the same Floyd Mayweather I once was.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.


Conor McGregor Fights

  • a year ago


Show Comments

Related News

Joe Rogan Previews UFC on FOX 27: Jacare Souza vs. Derek Brunson 2 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago

UFC commentator Joe Rogan breaks down the upcoming rematch between Jacare Souza and Derek Brunson set for UFC Charlotte. read news >>

Bellator 194 main-event breakdown: Can Roy Nelson upset tourney favorite Matt Mitrione?

  • 5 days ago

MMAjunkie’s Dan Tom breaks down Bellator 194’s Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione main event. read news >>

Joe Rogan: Floyd Mayweather has no chance against Conor McGregor, but CM Punk different story

  • 5 days ago

Joe Rogan doesn’t give Floyd Mayweather any chance at defeating Conor McGregor in the UFC – but thinks a fight against CM Punk makes sense. read news >>

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Trade Elbows; Winner = McGregor | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor's latest social media flare-up saw them trading elbows. Winner? McGregor, of course! read news >>

Floyd Mayweather Shows Off Massive $100 Million Check for Fighting Conor McGregor | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago

Floyd Mayweather flaunts his wealth with the $100 million guaranteed check he received for fighting Conor McGregor read news >>

Nate Diaz Trumps Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather in Social Media Scuffle | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago

While Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been going toe-to-toe in the social media cage, Nate Diaz swooped in to make it a Triple Threat match. read news >>

Conor McGregor Claims Floyd Mayweather Got Ripped Off, Needs to Fight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago

The pressure is on. Conor McGregor thinks Floyd Mayweather is going to have to fight again because he got ripped off by Showtime. read news >>

Michael Bisping, Oscar De La Hoya Talk Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather Rematch

  • 14 days ago

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former six-weight boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya have had their say on the possibility of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting read news >>

Floyd Mayweather Teases MMA Bout with 'Certified B---h' Conor McGregor

  • 8 days ago

MMA in 2017 was defined by Conor McGregor's boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. And 2018? Well, things are moving in a pretty similar direction. Discussion and teases about a Mayweather move to MMA h read news >>

Conor McGregor's Coach Says 'Seems to Be Something Forming' For a Showdown Against Floyd Mayweather | MMAWeekly.com

  • 3 days ago

Conor McGregor's head coach is preparing to river dance naked as promised because there seems to be more than just a buzz about a possible MMA fight against Floyd Mayweather read news >>